Helping Hand: An alumni basketball game and its heartfelt cause
Helping Hand: An alumni basketball game and its heartfelt cause

NORTH PORT - It’s the young guns versus the veterans in North Port's second annual alumni basketball game.

June 29th, 10:49 AM EDT by Jenna Brew
A Helping Hand: From the Suncoast, to Ukraine
April 27th, 9:14 AM EDT by Jenna Brew
A Helping Hand: Teen killed in motorcycle crash
March 22nd, 12:19 PM EDT by Jenna Brew
Helping Hand: Giving back to Santa Steve
Helping Hand: Giving back to Santa Steve

MANATEE COUNTY - “I’m pretty well known as Santa," admits Santa Steve.

March 18th, 4:35 PM EDT by Jenna Brew
A Helping Hand: Grieving Bradenton widow and mother battles breast cancer
A Helping Hand: Grieving Bradenton widow and mother battles breast cancer

MANATEE COUNTY - Greg LaPensee, his wife Carlee and their two sons, Chandler and Preston were well known throughout the community in Manatee County.

March 18th, 4:27 PM EDT by Jenna Brew
A Helping Hand: Mothers Helping Mothers
A Helping Hand: Mothers Helping Mothers

SARASOTA - It’s been said a mother’s love is like nothing else. 

December 21st, 9:57 AM EST by Jenna Brew
A Helping Hand: Overcoming tragedy to pursue her purpose
A Helping Hand: Overcoming tragedy to pursue her purpose

SARASOTA - Stephanie Harper-Wilson’s late husband called their home the tree house.

April 27th, 6:55 PM EDT by Jenna Brew
A Helping Hand: Rise & Nye's
A Helping Hand: Rise & Nye's

SARASOTA - If the smells coming from Rise & Nye’s don’t get you in the front door, the story behind it will.

March 31st, 6:00 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: Gini White
A Helping Hand: Gini White

BRADENTON - Knowing many of them will eventually pass, Gini White only takes in the sickest foster children.

February 3rd, 6:06 PM EST
A Helping Hand: David Randall
A Helping Hand: David Randall

BRADENTON - David Randall was completely healthy, serving in the military, but he says two years into his service something was off.

October 28th, 5:31 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: Dan Gonzalez & Mark Rice
A Helping Hand: Dan Gonzalez & Mark Rice

MANATEE - Mark Rice and Dan Gonzalez grew up together, and they say they are more like brothers than friends.

September 29th, 6:25 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: Skip Mahoney
A Helping Hand: Skip Mahoney

MANATEE - He’s been through a lot this year, to say the least, and instead of asking for help, he gives it. Skip Mahoney is our August recipient of A Helping Hand. 

August 25th, 4:19 PM EDT
Tuesday's 'A Helping Hand' recipient
Tuesday's 'A Helping Hand' recipient

Jess Marie's talent spans the whole makeup spectrum. She's made countless people, including SNN's Hallie Peilet, feel their most beautiful.

July 28th, 6:57 PM EDT by SNN Newsroom
A Helping Hand: Karle Murdock
A Helping Hand: Karle Murdock

SARASOTA - Many small businesses took a big hit from the pandemic, but a local artist has never lost hope and even has used her talents to help others. 

June 30th, 3:36 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: The Tanya Clavey Foundation
A Helping Hand: The Tanya Clavey Foundation

MANATEE - A Suncoast man takes his own family tragedy and turns it into a way to better the future of law enforcement. 

May 26th, 4:54 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: TIFF (To Inform Families First)
A Helping Hand: TIFF (To Inform Families First)

BRADENTON - Life is forcing us to stop what we’re doing and slow down right now. But one Suncoast mom is only gaining momentum in her mission to change the world. 

March 31st, 4:52 PM EDT
A Helping Hand
A Helping Hand

BeTriForUs is a non–profit committed to promoting differently–abled athletes one race at a time.

SNN's Hallie Peilet introduces us to our February recipient of a helping hand.

February 26th, 10:44 AM EST
A Helping Hand: Waves of Hope
A Helping Hand: Waves of Hope

SARASOTA - Ivonne Lizarazo is no stranger to grief. She lost two of her best friends to suicide nine months apart.

January 28th, 5:07 PM EST
A Helping Hand: Jose Cruz
A Helping Hand: Jose Cruz

Bradenton Resident Jose Cruz has spent at least ten years putting others before himself.

December 29th, 5:48 PM EST
A Helping Hand: Billy Nobles
A Helping Hand: Billy Nobles

SARASOTA - It was Goodwill Veterans Services that brought Billy Nobles and Bryan Jacobs together, when Nobles heard about Vets 2 Success.

November 26th, 4:25 PM EST
A Helping Hand: Amy Hendel Mahlios
A Helping Hand: Amy Hendel Mahlios

 SARASOTA - Amy Hendel Mahlios always led an active lifestyle.

October 29th, 4:09 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: A Life Story Foundation
A Helping Hand: A Life Story Foundation

LAKEWOOD RANCH - “My first symptoms started in July 2009. It’s crazy to think that was a decade ago," Kevin Swan said.

September 24th, 3:48 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: Hope 4 Communities
A Helping Hand: Hope 4 Communities

SARASOTA - Hope 4 Communities Executive Director Pam Hawn says the idea came to her in 2009.

August 27th, 4:06 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: The Edwards Family
A Helping Hand: The Edwards Family

BRADENTON - It’s been a long five months for Antoinette Goggins and Anthony Edwards. Their son Ahmad was born at 36 weeks when Goggins was induced because of pre-eclampsia.

July 31st, 2:57 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: Brian 'BK' Klimek
A Helping Hand: Brian 'BK' Klimek

"He’s the kinda guy that you’ll sit across the bar from or next to drinking a beer, and you’ll feel like you’ve known him for a million years," Brew Life Brewing Owner Mick Cohn said about his friend, Brian 'BK' Klimek.

June 25th, 4:32 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: Lauren Hanrahan
A Helping Hand: Lauren Hanrahan

Lauren Hanrahan teaches third grade at Englewood Elementary. She was on maternity leave and noticed her hearing was a little off.

May 28th, 7:10 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: The Mark Wandall Foundation
A Helping Hand: The Mark Wandall Foundation

October 24, 2003: The night Melissa Wandall’s life changed forever.

April 30th, 7:11 PM EDT
A Helping Hand: Wendy Renoit
A Helping Hand: Wendy Renoit

North Port High School Junior Wendy Renoit has a vision board in his room, with medals and photos.

“Basically these remind me to keep on going, to try and get more,” Renoit said.

February 12th, 1:26 PM EST

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