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Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 01:22 PM PDT

East Bay Marine Who Once Put Life On Hold To Help Fellow Veteran, Now Helping Hundreds Every Year

East Bay Marine Who Once Put Life On Hold To Help Fellow Veteran, Now Helping Hundreds Every Year

Catherine Martinelli-Banks says she is a much better veteran than she ever was a Marine. Perhaps that is because she is one, amazing vet.

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 02:31 PM PDT

San Francisco Couple's European Vacation Takes Unexpected, Humanitarian Turn

San Francisco Couple's European Vacation Takes Unexpected, Humanitarian Turn

Xander Schultz and Zoë Pappis went to Italy to see the sights. The ended up witnessing tragedy, instead. They are now back home and looking to help.

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 01:22 PM PDT

Spectacular, Yearly Backyard Flower Display Takes On New, Deeper Meaning

Spectacular, Yearly Backyard Flower Display Takes On New, Deeper Meaning

For years, Rich Santoro, aka "The Bulb Guy," has been wowing visitors with his colorful backyard flower display, never asking for anything in return. He'd like something now, though: help fighting childhood...

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 at 07:53 AM PST

Hayward Man Sends Tennis Balls to Strangers in Late Dog's Memory

Hayward Man Sends Tennis Balls to Strangers in Late Dog's Memory

When it came time to name the Boxer/Rottweiler puppy his uncle had given him, Chris Sontag-Ratti literally picked one out of a hat. "Everything" turned out to be as fitting as it was random.

Sunday, Jan 17, 2016 at 03:47 PM PST

Couple Recounts Battling Valley Fire to Save Neighborhood

Couple Recounts Battling Valley Fire to Save Neighborhood

For 72 hours, John and Teri Gormley battled flames from the Valley Fire, keeping the blaze at bay and saving their neighborhood in the process.

Sunday, Nov 1, 2015 at 07:05 AM PST

Man Hikes Pacific Crest Trail So Stranger Can Walk

Man Hikes Pacific Crest Trail So Stranger Can Walk

Eugene Yoon says he was inspired by Ellen Degeneres to "be kind to one another." The one he chose to be kind to was Arthur Renowitzky

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 at 08:54 AM PST

Wish-Granting Tradition Brings School Staff, Students Together

Wish-Granting Tradition Brings School Staff, Students Together

Branham High School's fifth annual Make A Wish Rally was a non-stop, 45-minute assembly of awesome.

Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 at 09:53 AM PDT

Strangers Respond To Facebook Post Seeking Help For Elderly Neighbor Trying To Repair Home

Strangers Respond To Facebook Post Seeking Help For Elderly Neighbor Trying To Repair Home

When 20 strangers showed up to Richard Dubiel's Fremont home, they not only repaired his roof, they repaired his faith in humanity.

Friday, Apr 1, 2016 at 10:35 AM PDT

South Bay Artist, Vietnam War Vet, Inspiration Behind Successful Mental Health Program

South Bay Artist, Vietnam War Vet, Inspiration Behind Successful Mental Health Program

The Santa Clara County chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance On Mental Health, started PeerPals a decade ago.

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 11:23 PM PDT

Real Life Superheroes "Saving The World One Good Deed At A Time"

Real Life Superheroes "Saving The World One Good Deed At A Time"

Just because Roxanne Cai and Nate Boeg don't have super powers doesn't mean they can't do super things.

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Each week NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas profiles the people, the groups, and the companies making the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live. Bay Area Proud stories are success stories; inspiring profiles of those making a positive change in our communities. Do you know someone who we should profile? Contact garvin.thomas@nbcuni.com