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Making a Difference in your neighborhood

Editor's note: Watch NBC Nightly News all this week for "good news" stories of individuals and organizations changing their communities. In the meantime, here are a handful of affiliate pieces that reflect the spirit of the Making a Difference series.

Chicago / WMAQ

NBC Chicago collects more than 1,300 coats

Denver / KUSA
Woman's fast response, self-diagnosis helped save her 
Off-duty trooper risks life saving boy after falling through ice
Hulstrom Options students learn lacrosse from a pro
African 'treasures' in Colorado bring cultures closer together
Haiti earthquake survivor, amputee learns to ski
Taylor's Gift: Memory of little girl saving lives
Emily's hope: A team working to find answers to fight a child’s bone cancer
Come play in Jake's Toy Box
An 'Exceptional Family' with a 3-year-old as the star

Minneapolis / KARE

Minnesota farmer spreads $3 million around his small town
Willmar man creates spectacular Christmas light show
Land of 10,000 Stories: Minnesota seniors get their wish

Phoenix / KPNX

Hero Central

Cleveland / WKYC

Raymond Mills runs the Volunteers of America ministry
Painesville: Hope Chest loses hundreds of donations in fire

Buffalo / WGRZ

Southtowns snow brings fun, good neighbors

Tulsa / KJRH 

Students are making a difference by making wishes come true
11-year-old makes a difference in the lives of thousands of the eldery and shut-ins
Making a Difference by honoring Oklahoma veterans killed overseas
"Old Guys" Make a Difference by building homes for less fortunate
Volunteer is Making a Difference in the lives of premature babies and their families
One man is making a big difference by helping to feed and house the needy

Salinas / KSBW

"Mystery Santa" handing out holiday cards stuffed with cash

Bend, OR / KTVZ

Redmond family gets a home for the holidays

Duluth, MN / KBJR

Iron Range Couple Responds to Wayward Wishlist
Salon Offers Help For Those Coping With Hair Loss

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