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My Town Hero: 7-year-old raising funds to help ease friend's pain

My Town Hero: 7-year-old raising funds to help ease friend's pain

Bethany and Anne Marie are two little girls with bubbly personalities and a bond like none other.

Anne Marie is a 9-year-old who suffers from a rare skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa or ED, which causes her skin to blister in response to heat, movement, or friction. Bethany, 7, is trying to raise funds for a saltwater pool in an effort to ease Anne Marie’s pain.

Bethany has been making and selling rainbow loom bracelets to raise the $25,000 needed for the pool to be installed in Anne Marie’s back yard. So far, she has already brought in $14,000 in just nine weeks, with donations coming in from as far away as California.

"I felt a little sad, I was trying to figure out what to do for her,” explained Bethany. "I get happier and happier because we're getting closer to the pool."

My Town Hero nominee: Capt. Trevor Goodwin

My Town Hero nominee: Capt. Trevor Goodwin

MCRAE, Ark. (KTHV) – Kevin Goodwin has nominated his younger brother Trevor as a My Town Hero.

Kevin said his 10-years-younger brother has been an inspiration to him and his family through his work with the McRae Volunteer Fire Department, where he holds the title of captain. Kevin said Trevor finds time and energy to help the department and the city with fire department activities, training, working with the new recruits, and making time for his family all while also working at a hospital.

Trevor answers calls no matter what time of day or night that can range from normal fire calls, to wild land fires, EMS, MVA, first responder, gas leaks and many more.

“If not for Trevor Goodwin and the selfless service that he gives day in a day out, the needs of the people of McRae would not be met,” said Kevin.


Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.