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Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 11:27 PM PDT

SF Firefighters Get Creative to Save Man's Leg in Car Wreck

SF Firefighters Get Creative to Save Man's Leg in Car Wreck

San Francisco firefighters tried every technique in the manual to free Neikko Sebers from his tangled Subaru. When all those failed, it was time to get creative. Garvin Thomas reports.

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 10:23 PM PDT

Unable To See Her Favorite Musical, Hospice Patient Gets Surprise Bedside Serenade From Show's Star

Unable To See Her Favorite Musical, Hospice Patient Gets Surprise Bedside Serenade From Show's Star

At 87-years-old, Nancy is in hospice care because her body is failing. Her mind, however, is razor-sharp and her heart is full thanks to the kindness of her music therapist and the lead actor in her favorite...

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 08:34 PM PDT

After Grand Act Of Kindness To Change One Life, East Bay Man Strives To Touch Thousands More

After Grand Act Of Kindness To Change One Life, East Bay Man Strives To Touch Thousands More

Eugene Yoon has always been inspired by Ellen DeGeneres' admonition to "be kind to one another." It once lead him to help a man walk again. It is now sending him all over the country to help so many...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:39 PM PDT

South Bay 80-Year-Old Knits 600+ Teddy Bears To Give Children Smiles And Herself Peace

South Bay 80-Year-Old Knits 600+ Teddy Bears To Give Children Smiles And Herself Peace

Gisela Foster knit her first teddy bear for the Mother Bear Project in 2008 and hasn't stopped since. Garvin Thomas reports in this edition of Bay Area Proud.

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018 at 09:31 PM PDT

Artist With Disabilities Helps Mother Honor Late Daughter

Artist With Disabilities Helps Mother Honor Late Daughter

Two years ago, Kayla Jimenez learned how a kind act can change a person's life: hers. When the chance came to "pay it forward," Kayla was more than ready. Garvin Thomas reports.

Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 at 12:20 PM PDT

'Anything Is Possible': Peninsula Woman Tackles 500-Mile San Francisco Bay Trail Run

'Anything Is Possible': Peninsula Woman Tackles 500-Mile San Francisco Bay Trail Run

The San Francisco Bay Trail runs all around the bay, a 500-mile trek in total. One Peninsula woman, Eileen Francisco, has decided to run that full distance in one month and in the process help some animals in...

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 at 10:33 PM PDT

San Jose Volunteer Steps Up After National Non-Profit Closes Bay Area Chapter

San Jose Volunteer Steps Up After National Non-Profit Closes Bay Area Chapter

Vicki Rasmussen in volunteering her home, her time, and her expertise so that patients in healthcare facilities continue to get weekly gifts of free floral arrangements. Garvin Thomas reports.

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 12:14 PM PDT

Her Home In Ashes, Santa Rosa Teen Triumphs In Weightlifting Competitions

Her Home In Ashes, Santa Rosa Teen Triumphs In Weightlifting Competitions

On the eve of an important international competition, Athena Schrivjer's home was one of the more than 1,000 to burn to the ground during the North Bay wildfires. Garvin Thomas reports.

Friday, Jun 29, 2018 at 10:18 PM PDT

Oakland Man Shares Dream Of Designing A Better World With Next Generation

Oakland Man Shares Dream Of Designing A Better World With Next Generation

Durell Coleman wishes, when he was a teenager, someone had told him he had the power to change the world. These days, he is busy being just that person. Garvin Thomas reports.  

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 02:33 PM PDT

Aspiring Law Student Faces Big Life Challenges With Positivity, Help From Friends

Aspiring Law Student Faces Big Life Challenges With Positivity, Help From Friends

Miriam Yarde was in and out of foster care growing up. Her mom passed away when she was just five, her dad during her first year of college. One might think learning that her kidneys were failing might make her...

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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
North Bay Spirit Awards
The North Bay Spirit award was developed in partnership with The Press Democrat and Comcast NBCU to celebrate people who make a difference in our communities. In addition to highlighting remarkable individuals, the North Bay Spirit program aims to encourage volunteerism, raise visibility of nonprofits and create a spirit of giving. Click here for stories and videos about the recipients.