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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
What once served as a funeral home, is now the most in demand place for parents to stay when their kids are in need of special treatment at Toledo hospitals.
The Ronald McDonald House on Monroe Street has been serving the community for more than three decades, but it has outgrown its current space and needs to expand.
It's not uncommon for all 14 rooms to be occupied for the night. Often times, the charity has no choice but to put families in local hotels because they don't want to turn them away. As a result, for the last couple of years, they have been campaigning for a bigger facility.
Groundbreaking is set for May 13, moving the facility across the street, and expanding it to 28 bedrooms. The outside of the building will also be painted in bright colors.
"Part of the reason we chose to be as colorful as we have is the kids are gonna be able to see that from the hospital and know that's where mom and dad are staying. So we wanted it to be fun and vibrant and a place that really inspired people to get better," said Chad Bringman, president of Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio.
Increasing the number of bedrooms meant increasing the kitchen size, which Bringman says will be more family friendly.
The Ronald McDonald House does not charge families to stay. The organization focuses more on providing a close place for them to stay while their child gets better.
"We have to remember that when people knock on our doors, today is probably the worst day of their life. And they've traveled far from home, sometimes very unexpectedly. So we have a very short window of time for people to feel comfortable, to feel safe and know that this is a place they can stay, whether it's one day or three months or 19 months - however long that might be - they have to feel that they have a place that's clean, comfortable, but also, affordable," explained Bringman.
This week, the Ronald McDonald House will be launching a public campaign to raise money for the expansion project. So far, $7.2 million of the $8 million has been raised.
Click here to learn how you can support the Ronald McDonald House.