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Former NFL lineman now cooks at his kids’ school cafeteria: ‘Kindergartners are my toughest critics’

“It took a while to capture some trust from the kids,” said Jared Veldheer.

January 14, 2022

USPS just delivered a letter from an American soldier in Germany. It was 76 years late.

"We are uncertain where this letter has been for the past seven-plus decades," a Postal Service employee wrote to the family.

January 12, 2022

Habitat for Humanity is 3-D printing houses. The first one is in Virginia.

April Stringfield never thought the construction of her first home would resemble toothpaste being squeezed from a tube.

January 7, 2022

Tools are costly and take up space. Tool libraries are popping up so people can share.

“Our most popular items are nail guns and upholstery and carpet cleaners, but we also have some unusual stuff here,” said Chicago Tool Library co-founder Tessa Vierk.

January 5, 2022

A teacher learned one of her students might go hungry over winter break. She now feeds thousands of kids each year.

“Food is something that no one can do without. It’s not only a basic human need, it’s a human right,” said Turquoise LeJeune Parker, elementary schoolteacher.

December 24, 2021

This retired couple spends every day of the year making Christmas toys for kids in need

“My sales policy is not to collect a single penny," said Mike Sullivan. "Everything we make is given away.”

December 20, 2021

She took struggling students under her wing. Now, decades later, they helped her buy her first house.

Her former students have gotten together to help return the love that she showed them.

December 15, 2021

Do dogs like TV? Americans are finding out as we try to ease their (and our) separation anxiety.

When we leave our dogs alone, we think they’ll be lonely, or worse, chew the furniture. So we're turning to the TV.

December 10, 2021

School band director and bus driver die in crash, leaving Christmas event in doubt. Bands from 33 schools performed in their honor.

Nearly 1,400 high school band students performed in a Texas-size display of support.

December 8, 2021

Yes, millennials are delaying pregnancy, but this Gen Xer just delivered her first child at 50.

"Having her in our lives is really quite the miracle,” Susie Troxler said about her infant.

December 7, 2021