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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: Linsey Heimer

My Town Hero nominee: Linsey Heimer

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Linsey Heimer has been nominated for the honor of My Town Hero by Kayla Ernest.

Ernest said Heimer devotes her life to saving stray and abandoned dogs in the Dardanelle and Russellville area. She said Heimer is constantly busy saving, fostering, vetting, and rescuing from the surrounding shelters before the dogs are euthanized. 

“She is responsible for making sure the animals are spayed or neutered and have had a complete health check and certification before they are transported to a rescue in or around surrounding states,” Ernest said.

Heimer raises funds for all of this through donations on Facebook and shares the animals’ stories from beginning to end.

My Town Hero nominee: Kim Head

My Town Hero nominee: Kim Head

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Christina Garner has nominated her, Kim Head, as the My Town Hero for Russellville.

Garner said Head operates the Women Can Run Clinic each year in the area, and her program has the largest amount of participants. With this clinic, Head works hard to help women see how much potential they have.

In addition, Head has recently lost a significant amount of weight and has run her first marathon at Little Rock.

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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.