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Migrant Caravan Halted by Heavy Rain

Over five thousand migrants were sheltered at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex in the Zona Norte neighborhood of Tijuana, Mexico, until rain left the facility flooded. Less than a week later, the majority of the migrants were moved to a new shelter ten miles southeast of the previous one.

Dozens of migrants remain camped outside of the Benito Juárez Sports Complex, despite the government-owned and run facility shutting down on Sunday, December 2. Some decided not to move to the new shelter because of how far it is from the port of entry, where applications to seek asylum in the United States are taken.

Nashville Tornado Relief

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, numerous people and organizations gathered in North Nashville, Tennessee to provide food and goods for victims of the recent tornado. The organizations aimed to fill a void left in the citywide relief efforts. In North Nashville, The Red Cross partnered with Gideon’s Army and the McGruder Family Resource Center to distribute goods across the area. However, many residents did not know where to pick up the goods. Which prompted the need for a resource delivery system and more centralized location.

 

Smiles From The Heart Free Dental Care

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Patients at Smiles From The Heart were given blue booties before they entered Chandler Park Dental Care so they would not track in hay from the outdoor waiting room that was setup to accommodate the large volume of people.

People from numerous states gathered at Chandler Park Dental Care for the 10th annual Smiles from the Heart on Saturday, February 21, 2020. This event offers free cleanings, filings, extractions, and x-rays for those who would otherwise not be able afford them. The event was started to fill a void being left in the community. Many people are unable to acquire the dental care they need due to lack of finances or inadequate insurance.

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Dennis Legawiec has suffered from chronic tooth pain for the past year, but was not able to get the services he needed until attending Smiles from the Heart. “I’m insured, but Ive called 14 places in Bowling Green and none of them accept Medicare or Medicaid.”, said Legawiec.

With the prices of dental procedures being so high, many individuals are left to make tough decisions on whether to tend to their oral needs or provide themselves and their families with basic human services.

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Brooke Stovall (left) and her family wait to be seen by dentists at Smiles from the Heart. When asked about other options for her and her family, Stovall said “Pay out of pocket and go hungry that week.”.
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Diana Proffitt started volunteering for Smiles from the Heart 5 years ago to honor her late friend, Kim Jackson. Kim Jackson was the wife of Eli Jackson, a dentist at Chandler Park Dental Care. Proffitt and Jackson became friends while working as ambulatory nurses at the Bowling Green Medical Center. Proffitt promised Dr. Jackson she would volunteer for the organization as long as she was physically able to in memory of her friend.
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Terry Horn gets an x-ray before getting an extraction at Smiles from the Heart.

Sergeant Ron Helus Funeral

On November 15, 2018, Law Enforcement Officers from around the country gathered for the funeral service and burial of Sergeant Ron Helus, who was tragically killed in a shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill on November 7, 2018.

A hearse containg the deceased Sergeant Ron Helus leaves the Calvary Community Church while receiving a salute from members of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department on November 15, 2018 in Westlake Village, California. Helus was killed at the Borderline Grill Shooting on November 7, 2018. (Zane Meyer-Thornton/Corsair Photo)
An officer leaves the funeral service for Sergeant Ron Helus at the Calvary Community Church and heads to the burial ceremony in Westlake Village, CA on November 15, 2018. Helus was killed during gunfire at a Borderline Grill on November 7, 2018
Police vehicles fill the intersection of Via Rocas Avenue and La Tienda Drive for the funeral service of Sheriff Ron Helus on November 15, 2018 in Westlake Village, California.
A man carries a Thing Blue Line Flag to represent support for law enforcement officers at the Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California on November 15, 2018.
The casket of Sergeant Ron Helus leaves the Calvary Community Church and heads towards the Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Mortuary where he will be buried in Westlake Village, California on November 15, 2018.
Attendees of Sergenat Ron Helus’s funeral arrive to the Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA on November 15, 2018.

Skirball Fire

The Skirball Fire caused pandemonium and forced many residents of Bel Air Canyon to evacuate their homes. The Fire scorched 422 acres from December 6, 2017-December 15, 2017 and destroyed 6 structures while damaging 12 others.

Scott Kwasigroch prepares his hose to battle one of the many house fires that occurred because of the Skirball Fire. The fire burned 450 acres and shut down the 405 freeway on Dec. 6, 2017 in West Los Angeles Calif. (Photo by Zane Meyer-Thornton)
A member of the Los Angeles Fire Department and one of the many homeowners look out at the smoke filled West Los Angeles Skyline, after the fire departments initial battle with the Skirball Fire. The fire burned 450 acres and shut down the 405 freeway on Dec. 6, 2017 in West Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Zane Meyer-Thornton)
Luis Vargas (right) prepares to fire his hose as David Valadez (left) breaks down a window of one of the burning houses in the Skirball Fire. The fire burned 450 acres and shut down the 405 freeway on Dec. 6, 2017 in West Los Angeles Calif. (Photo by Zane Meyer-Thornton)
An evacuee of the Skirball Fire records footage of a house burning on his iPhone, while a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department readies a hose to put out the flame. The Skirball Fire which shut down the 405 and burned 450 acres of land on Dec. 6, 2017 in West Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Zane Meyer-Thornton)
David Valdez puts on his fire suit before battling the Skirball fire. The Skirball Fire shut down the 405 and burned 450 acres of land on Dec. 6, 2017 in West Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Zane Meyer-Thornton)
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