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Inspirational and positive stories from Patch and contributors.
This Quick-Thinking Off-Duty CHP Officer Helped Save a Boy's Life

This Quick-Thinking Off-Duty CHP Officer Helped Save a Boy's Life

The California Highway Patrol officer was grocery shopping when he noticed that something was wrong with the 5-year-old.
11 Years After 'Heaven,' What Life is Like for the Burpo Family

11 Years After 'Heaven,' What Life is Like for the Burpo Family

The movie, in stores July 22, is about a real-life boy who says he went to Heaven and met Jesus during surgery. We spoke with the family behind the film about how it can help start a discuss
24 Amazing Ways Residents Inspire Their Communities

24 Amazing Ways Residents Inspire Their Communities

Patch readers told us who the "Everyday Inspirations" in their communities are, and we're sharing their stories and the work they've done locally.
Everyday Inspirations: Incredible Ways People Give Back Locally

Everyday Inspirations: Incredible Ways People Give Back Locally

Patch readers told us who the "Everyday Inspirations" in their communities are, and we're sharing their stories and the work they've done locally.
'Coupon Queen' Gets $800 Grocery Bill Down to $7, Gives Savings Away

'Coupon Queen' Gets $800 Grocery Bill Down to $7, Gives Savings Away

A New York woman is so good at bargain shopping that she's used her skills to donate groceries and other goods to charity. Learn how you can follow her lead locally.
Charitable Children: 'No Matter What Age You May Be, You Can Change the Life of Another'

Charitable Children: 'No Matter What Age You May Be, You Can Change the Life of Another'

As a part of our "Everyday Inspirations" series, we look at how children across the country are making big impacts locally.
Harp Healing: Woman Uses Music Therapy to Help Hospital Patients

Harp Healing: Woman Uses Music Therapy to Help Hospital Patients

After losing three people close to her in eight months, Edie Elkan picked up a harp for the first time in 28 years. Now she runs a program training others to play the instrument for patients
Nominate 'Everyday Inspirations' in Your Town

Nominate 'Everyday Inspirations' in Your Town

Patch wants to share stories about people who work every day to change others' lives for the better.
Best of Bay Area Blogs: Point Reyes, Thrift Shops and Waterwise Plants

Best of Bay Area Blogs: Point Reyes, Thrift Shops and Waterwise Plants

Check out the best of Northern California’s Patch bloggers.
Gabby Giffords' Skydive Emboldens Us All

Gabby Giffords' Skydive Emboldens Us All

What we can learn from Gabrielle Giffords’ return to skydiving.
California Man Cashes-in Winning $324 Million Lottery Ticket

California Man Cashes-in Winning $324 Million Lottery Ticket

The ticket was sold in East San Jose. The winner is described as a man from 'northern California."
The Most ‘Feel Good’ Patch Stories of 2013

The Most ‘Feel Good’ Patch Stories of 2013

Patch remembers the beautiful moments of 2013
Peninsula Girl's Poetry Makes Learning California History Fun and Philanthropic

Peninsula Girl's Poetry Makes Learning California History Fun and Philanthropic

Madeline Park's poetry book is available on Amazon; proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Peninsula Humane Society.
Running Man: Fitness Helps Local Dad Cope With Daughter's Medical Scare

Running Man: Fitness Helps Local Dad Cope With Daughter's Medical Scare

Now he's "paying it back," by running 24 hours to raise money for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Five Adopted Dogs Living, Loving Examples of True Spirit of Christmas

Five Adopted Dogs Living, Loving Examples of True Spirit of Christmas

A Peninsula Humane Society employee and her family find room in their hearts and their home dogs no one else wanted.
One-Eyed Owl Back in Natural Habitat a Week Before Christmas

One-Eyed Owl Back in Natural Habitat a Week Before Christmas

Although the Great Horned Owl now only has one sighted eye, Peninsula Humane Society staff members are confident in her ability to hunt in the wild.
Man Steals from Coffee Shop—and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next

Man Steals from Coffee Shop—and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next

Who says the punishment always has to fit the crime?
Second Grader’s “Buddy Bench” Goes Viral

Second Grader’s “Buddy Bench” Goes Viral

Christian Bucks’ idea to foster friendship spreads to 32 states—and counting.