Reason to Smile

  Salvation Army says some kettles will stay in storage unless more bell-ringers volunteer

The Salvation Army of Baton Rouge says it will have to leave about 25 kettles in storage this year because they’re having a hard time finding people to ring the bells.

  225 GIVES launches as way for people to donate to non-profits struggling due to pandemic, hurricane season

  BR church working to help first responders displaced by yet another hurricane

  Ochsner nurse develops sympathy gift program for families of COVID-19 victims

Former WAFB anchor honored with Kentucky Mic Hall of Fame Award

  Shaq named special reserve sheriff’s deputy in La. parish

  Father, daughter survive tree falling on top of them during Hurricane Delta

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  Ment-2-Fit Mentoring program aims to help youth in high crime areas of Baton Rouge

Reason to Smile: Kindness after chaos

Man mowing lawns across the country visits veteran in Baton Rouge near end of 50-state tour

Esports program launches at SU

  ‘An angel. She loved everyone of you:’ family, friends remember long-time LSU dining hall employee

  Ascension Parish students donate to kids affected by Hurricane Laura

  Zachary boy undergoing cancer treatment gets surprise from Dreams Come True of Louisiana

A 5-year-old boy in Zachary got a special surprise Wednesday, Sept. 9 in the form of a brand new tree house.

VIDEO: Audubon Zoo welcomes critically endangered baby gorilla

This is the first gorilla birth at Audubon Zoo in 24 years

99-year-old COVID-19 patient released from hospital, days before her 100th birthday

On Wednesday, 99-year-old Anna Jo Thomas was released from Covenant Health after being hospitalized for COVID-19. She was hospitalized for a week and was sent home with a large celebration and a birthday cake. You see, she will turn 100 years old on Sept. 19.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office hires first female K9 handler

Sheriff Blaise Smith and the deputies from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office are welcoming the newest K9 handler, Danielle Wilson.

  Teachers, staff at Sherwood Middle treated to breakfast, school supplies from Cox

  Mural splashes light on historic neighborhood seeking renaissance

  Seniors at La. healthcare facility looking for pen pals across the country

ACT OF KINDNESS: Good Samaritan finds and returns SEC Championship ring to former LSU great

Family drives hours to see girl’s first day of kindergarten

  Doctors said he wouldn’t be able to move his feet again after he was shot in the spine. A year later, he’s walking.

  BRG, United Cajun Navy partner to give boxes of food to employees working on front lines

Baton Rouge General (BRG) employees working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic were treated to a little surprise Friday morning (Aug. 7).

  Baton Rouge animal shelter saves more lives than ever during pandemic thanks to foster program

Since the pandemic began, animal adoption numbers have decreased, causing some shelters to make difficult decisions about the animals for which they provide care. However, Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) is actually saving more animal lives due the increase in fostering.

13-year-old Guinness World Record holder from Harvey wins national spelling bee

After six days, 18 hours, and 504 words delivered through 31 rounds of spelling, 13 year old Zaila Avant-Garde, a 7th grader from Harvey, LA, beat out 88 of the best young spellers in the country to win the first ever Kaplan Online Spelling Bee,

La. man and pet bloodhound find man reported missing in wooded area

“I was shocked. I was thinking you know it’s been 4 days, the chances aren’t real good."

Award-winning Southeastern student broadcaster overcomes disability

The Southeastern Louisiana University graduate shares his journey of growing up with cerebral palsy in his documentary, “12 seconds at birth,” which will debut on the Southeastern Channel on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.

LSU Museum of Art distributes art kits to Baton Rouge children amid coronavirus

LSU MOA is distributing art kits to children with limited access to arts education in under-invested neighborhoods at sites in North Baton Rouge, Gardere and Eden Park.

Local siblings providing “Psalm 91 Boxes” to help the community through COVID-19

Local siblings providing “Psalm 91 Boxes” to help the community through COVID-19

Donations to animal shelters to be matched this week in ‘Clear The Shelters’ pet adoption campaign will match funds donated to local animal shelters this week as part of NBCUniversal’s Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign.

Education software leader’s move to Louisiana to bring nearly 400 jobs to Lafayette area

SchoolMint, an education software company, is expanding its operation in Lafayette and is expected to create about 400 jobs.

  Back the Blue cookout provides meals to BRPD

Small acts of kindness have been happening all over the Baton Rouge area and one group of people decided to feed the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Giving campaign inspired by national coin shortage

At least one business has launched a giving campaign to try and address two problems created by COVID-19.

  Baton Rouge mayor’s office says mask mandate seeing results

It has been three weeks now since EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued an executive order that people wear face masks while out in public, and since then, the mayor’s office says there has been a notable decrease in the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Baton Rouge.

  Teen builds sanitizing boxes, donates them to Baton Rouge hospitals to help fight spread of COVID-19

Instead of sitting around the house during the pandemic, Savannah Cecchini, 17, decided to build 16 UV-C light sanitizing boxes to help doctors and nurses prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Baton Rouge hospitals.

  93-year-old WWII vet walks 100-miles for Liberty Road Challenge

George Bryant is used to traveling hundreds of miles at a time. The World War II veteran was drafted into the Army in 1945 and spent the end of the war transporting messages as a courier in Austria

Struggling single mother donates lottery winnings to Mo. officer shot in line of duty

A Missouri woman donated her $100 lottery winnings to an injured officer, so police paid it forward and raised money for her.

Tails wagging in anticipation for reopening of dog park

BREC’s Burbank Dog will open starting Monday, July 20 at 4 p.m.

This little piggy went to market... literally

For the first time in months, going to the grocery store was fun, not scary, all thanks to a pig.

Avoyelles Parish woman sewing special ‘smile masks'

Wearing a face mask every day is something we’re all getting used to, but for those who need to be able to see a person’s facial expressions or lips - mask-wearing brings up an entirely new challenge in an already challenging world for some.

Jrue and Lauren Holiday pledge millions to variety of charities

Two weeks before the Pelicans’ season resumes in Orlando, veteran guard Jrue Holiday announced Wednesday that he and his wife, Lauren, are donating his game checks for the remainder of the season.

  92-year old bikes 92-miles for birthday

Ducote says it’s not just the start or the finish or the medals that makes getting on his bike everyday so special.

Joe Burrow announces Hunger Relief Fund with Athens food pantry

Bengals quarterback and No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow announced a partnership with the Athens County Food Pantry on Thursday to kick off the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund.

  Project LOVE initiative asks people to send letters to veterans during COVID-19

The state’s office of veteran affairs is launching Project LOVE, an initiative to show veterans love and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Hoping to give kids a better memory of 2020, Front Yard Bikes gives 100+ kids brand new bikes

More than 100 children across Baton Rouge have received a brand new bike courtesy of Front Yard Bikes, a non-profit that focuses on teaching kids how to work on and build their own bikes.

La. Dept. of Veterans Affairs launches letter-writing program to help support vets during pandemic

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) is launching a letter writing program to show support to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WATCH: Cam Jordan surprises Saints super fan living in isolation in assisted living facility

The surprise phone call brought her to tears

Wallet returned 6 years after being lost becomes message of hope

A seemingly insignificant gesture that inspires hope and joy is almost never fully appreciated in the moment. In the moment, it just seems like the right thing to do.

Todd Graves to help restaurants struggling due to pandemic in new TV show

Raising Cane’s founder and CEO Todd Graves will star in an upcoming docuseries Restaurant Recovery in which he will help restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Local artist helps raise money for OLOLCH through live painting

A local artist used his skills to host a live fundraiser for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health.

Rescue Alliance hosting drive-thru emergency pet food giveaway in Denham Springs

The organization will be hosting the drive-thru food bank at Agape Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20.

  BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo extends 50-cent admission hours in June

The special offer is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Baton Rouge Zoo.

'I’m a survivor’-Woman survives heart surgery, brain tumor, COVID-19

Malinda Nettle is one of the recent survivors of COVID-19 at Marrero Healthcare Center.

  Daughter of BRPD corporal hosts lemonade stand fundraiser

All proceeds will go to the families of Lt. Glen Dale Hutto Jr. and Cpl. Derrick Maglone.

  Community steps up: Save rate, fostering efforts increase at Companion Animal Alliance

Hundreds have stepped up to foster and adopt pets during the pandemic.

  Ochsner marks more than 10 days in a row ventilator-free for COVID-19 patients

Ochsner Baton Rouge is celebrating today (June 9) because the hospital just marked 250 consecutive hours without a COVID-19 patient on a ventilator.

  Volunteer-staffed Zachary Food Pantry serves double the clients despite fewer team members

Since the initial stay at home orders issued by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the food pantry has seen nearly double the number of clients needing food.

Baton Rouge Gallery working with local artists to feature over 60 original artworks on face masks

The Baton Rouge Gallery is partnering with over 60 of its member artists to feature their original works on face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Man stops to help mom, daughter with flat tire near Baton Rouge, makes two new friends

His random act of kindness is getting praise all across social media.

  Mother who contracted COVID-19 just days after giving birth released from hospital 52 days later

After 52 days at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Stephanie Melancon, 41, was released May 29 to a hallway lined with staff celebrating her release.

History-making SpaceX-NASA launch

Two U.S. astronauts are set to take a historic flight into space, the only question now is whether the weather will cooperate.

  Baton Rouge General says thank you, sends off 100+ medical sailors with second line parade

The staff at Baton Rouge General (BRG) said goodbye to more than 100 sailors Friday, May 29 with a true Louisiana sendoff: a second line parade.

  It’s a girl! Meet Elizabeth Vowell’s new baby

There’s a new addition to the WAFB family!

Cash Money Records founders pay rent for hundreds of Uptown tenants

Cash Money Records is hoping to ease the stress of paying rent for some Uptown residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ochsner employees to be treated to second free concert

Employees at Ochsner in Baton Rouge will be treated to their second free concert.

  After running 26 marathons in 26 days, Rachel Jillson surpasses fundraising goal

For 26 days Rachel Jillson ran 26 consecutive marathons. She battled fatigue, sore muscles, and the elements, running mile after mile, all to raise money for Front Yard Bikes.

Mother holds newborn for first time after spending 72 days hospitalized with Covid-19

Trichelle McDaniel came to Touro's Emergency Room on March 11th with flu-like symptoms. She was 35 weeks pregnant. It was soon discovered she was positive for Covid-19. She went into preterm labor and had to undergo an emergency C-section.

New portion of Downtown Greenway unintentionally merges past versions of East Blvd.

The median on East Boulevard has a new life thanks to the expansion of the Downtown Greenway. But before moving forward, let’s take a look back to see what was there before.

  Miss. neighborhood turns cul-de-sac into ultimate ‘sandlot’

Many are searching for ways to keep themselves entertained during these tough times. One neighborhood in Oak Grove has transformed a cul-de-sac into an epic game of “sandlot" baseball.

  West Monroe student defies odds, defeats 4 different types of cancer to graduate high school

A West Monroe High School senior’s journey to graduate this spring is unlike anything you’ve probably ever come across.

  City roads gets smooth upgrade during quarantine period

Much of Baton Rouge returned to work on Friday, May 15, and when they did, they may have noticed a few differences during their daily commute.

  La. Farm Bureau president released from hospital after 64 days battling COVID-19

The longtime president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation just spent his 72nd birthday hooked up to a ventilator at Baton Rouge General. He has now been hospitalized for 57 days.

  Viral Positivity fundraiser launched to support, uplift, and raise money for healthcare workers

A fundraising initiative that started back in 2016 was revived Tuesday, May 19 and given a new name to support front-line workers. It’s called Viral Positivity and the non-profit has already raised over $23,000.

Celebrate the front line with a virtual second line on May 19

In Louisiana, there’s no better way to thank those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic than with a secondline.

  #StandForLocal: Helping to keep the local economy strong

Fear of what the pandemic is doing to our local economy cannot be ignored. That’s why WAFB launched #StandForLocal.

  Murphy Law Firm, United Cajun Navy, others team up to deliver PPE to area hospitals

Murphy Law Firm, the United Cajun Navy, and others teamed up Monday, May 18 to deliver face shields, face masks, and hand sanitizer to four Baton Rouge area hospitals.

  After a coma and 56 days fighting coronavirus in hospital, woman goes home to street lined with family, friends

In the stories of survival, sometimes there are some minor miracles. In the case of Marieliese Falcon, known as “Ghee Ghee,” consider it a major miracle.

  LSU’s PPE operation PMAC creates 20,000 gowns in 30 days

LSU officials say the university’s effort to use the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) as a facility to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) has ended after being a huge success.

  RPCC holds drive-thru pinning ceremony for nursing grads

An atypical pinning ceremony was held Saturday, May 17, for nursing graduates at the River Parishes Community College in Gonzales.

Louisiana Warriors Unleashed hosting Virtual Warrior Dash to raise money for veterans, first responders in need of service dogs

The non-profit organization, Louisiana Warriors Unleashed, is hosting a Virtual Warrior Dash to raise money for veterans, first responders in need of service dogs.