Making a difference: Stories from the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund Holiday Campaign
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7:04 PM EST, December 30, 2013
The teacher called the anxious third-graders to her desk, one by one.
11:58 AM EST, December 23, 2013
ORLANDO SENTINEL FAMILY FUND
At the start of third grade, it seemed unlikely that Jack Bottalico would make it to fourth grade.
6:25 PM EST, December 20, 2013
Before our interview is over and I am permitted to leave, Victor, 10 years old, instructs me that I must recite The Boys & Girls Club Code.
6:52 PM EST, November 27, 2013
They take in the homeless veteran and shelter the battered spouse.
6:55 PM EST, December 7, 2011
Think about the things you take for granted each day.
8:37 PM EST, December 28, 2011
Raymond Nicoulin isn't one to call a charity for help at the first sign of trouble.
8:42 PM EST, December 31, 2011
Alfonzo and Chauvonne Jackson's love story sounds like it belongs in "When Harry Met Sally."
8:26 PM EST, December 15, 2011
An 8-year-old boy leans on his father's arm, raises his head and grins.
7:15 PM EST, December 21, 2011
Orange County Deputy Sheriff Louis "Lou" Minnis rises before the sun to wake his wife, Debbie, and take her to the bathroom.
8:07 PM EST, December 3, 2011
You do the math.
December 15, 2011
They start lining up two hours before the doors open.
7:57 PM EST, December 10, 2011
Grocery shopping used to be an ordinary chore for Lisa Lee:
6:58 PM EST, December 8, 2011
ORANGE CITY — That rueful day darkened by financial despair for Glen and Heather Vickers was supposed to be one of their happiest.
10:38 PM EST, December 1, 2011
For almost 30 minutes now, Ann Vega has been sifting through the shards of her life with the casual detachment of a trained clinician.
9:32 PM EST, December 2, 2011
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — A group of women saunters into the cafeteria after Bible study, a Thursday-morning ritual in a backroom at New Bethel AME church, ready for another competitive game of bingo.
8:08 PM EST, November 24, 2011
LEESBURG — Inside the Big Blue Bus, 4-year-old Kevin Mark's imagination took off like a kid on a Big Wheel.
8:50 PM EST, November 25, 2011
Two years ago, Kiah and Marcus Boss were at their wits' end.
9:22 PM EST, November 26, 2011
Looking at Holly Spoonley today, her life probably doesn't seem too remarkable.
December 1, 2011
She said she finally left after her husband choked their son, and the despondent teenager threatened to kill himself with hedge clippers.
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