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Donna Liccardello

From one coat to the world ‘s biggest closet, Donna Liccardello is proving there is no size too small or too big for the heart of Detroit. Air date: April 10, 2014


Heart of Detroit

What happens when people with heart step up to do the right thing?

The Heart of Detroit is a groundbreaking public service initiative. Airing weekly during Local 4 News (Detroit) at 5 p.m. and then on MitchAlbom.com, The Heart of Detroit will share inspiring stories of metro Detroiters with heart and everyday people who step up to help make our community a better place to live. Viewers will follow Mitch through documentary-style videos as he profiles unsung local heroes who spend countless hours sacrificing to make others less hungry, less troubled, less impoverished or just a little happier.

"I have been taught that giving is living, I see so many people in metro Detroit who live - and give - that way, but are never celebrated the way we do a rock star, actor, athlete or even a reality show figure.  These unsung inspirations deserve to have their stories told. And that's what I hope to do."  --Mitch Albom


The Heart of Detroit Archive

From one coat to the world ‘s biggest closet, Donna Liccardello is proving there is no size too small or too big for the heart of Detroit. Air date: April 10, 2014

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It’s a simple concept, the haves helping the have nots. Treger Strasberg and Humble Design prove that sharing is caring, here in the heart of Detroit. Air date: April 3, 2014.

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What makes a family? At House of Providence, it starts with love. Jason and Maggie Dunn are showing that love every day, to our most at risk kids, in the heart of Detroit. Air date: March 27, 2014

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A simple idea changes garbage into a rainbow. Susie Fenster’s Crayons 4 Kids is helping to brighten and color the heart of Detroit. Air date: March 20, 2014.

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It's something he never experienced, but what he tries to provide others every day, Coach Khali is someone willing to go the distance, for the Heart of Detroit.

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Giving over three decades of community service – and looking to continue, Toni McIlwain just needs a little help to keep pumping the heart of Detroit. Air date: March 6, 2014. 

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From door to door, to the windows of the young minds, Regina Haywood is opening new way for our children to learn and stirring the heart of Detroit. Air date: February 13, 2014.

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Using technology to provide those tools, Dani, Ben and Birdhouse for Autism are making a challenging life a bit easier for others around the world and here in the Heart of Detroit. Air date: February 6, 2014. 

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All because one man decided to spend his lunch break feeding someone else. Sometimes it is that simple. Heart to Hart, in the heart of Detroit.

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Her Real Life My Music program is unlocking the joy of afterschool activities and putting it back here in the heart of Detroit. Air date: January 23, 2014. 

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Sherrell Garrison is an example of what’s important in our city – a promising young talent, being nourished by and giving right back to the heart of Detroit. Air date: January 16, 2014.

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A bad beginning, a good ending. Kevin Rambsy demonstrates the power of forgiveness, at Christmas and all year round, here in the heart of Detroit

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You have a feeling you’re seeing a miracle when you look at Drew Clayborn. His body may be broken, but his spirit is intact, and it marches forward courageously in the heart of Detroit.

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When you give you get, Chris Coker, Dr. Audi and all who support Working Homes Working Families and DRMM give a lot to the heart of Detroit. Air date: November 21, 2013

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You hope the energy and dreams of Kyle and Sharon transfer to the young students, pumping new life into the heart of Detroit. Air date: November 7, 2013.

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A lot more than cookies, these Northville Girl Scouts proved their Heart of Michigan Program well serves the Heart of Detroit.

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Ed Parks is proof that educational ideals can still fly high in the Heart of Detroit. Air date: October 17, 2013

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Fresh Ideas from Fresh faces, the Fresh Corner Café is creating healthier bodies in the Heart of Detroit.    Air date: October 10, 2013.

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Turning neighborhoods around is the best hope for our city’s future.  Nothing symbolizes hope more than what this park once was, to what it is today. Cleo, Nicki and their neighbors building Brightmoor are showing the healing power of change here in the heart of Detroit.

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D is for destiny – which brought DaVinci, Candilynn and Mike together – and helps inspire us to take better care of our four legged friends here in the heart of D-troit.

Air date: September 26, 2013

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A city will only improve as much as its citizens want it to. It Takes a a Village Y’all is both a group and a statement, one applied by Robert Robinson every day, here in the heart of Detroit. Air date: September 19, 2013

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Air date: September 12, 2013

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Discovering cancer is a monumental challenge. Discovering others to share the journey is a monumental relief. Evie Boss – like her colleagues at Gilda’s club – share their time and teaching, helping to prove The Heart of Detroit. 

Aired September 2, 2013

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Easing the final journey, Alpine and Arbor Hospice are comforting the heart of Detroit.

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Week after week, Martha Goode shows young women how life holds proumise,  and in doing so, shows the Heart of Detroit. 

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Lifting those in need around him, Pastor Robert Smith is also lifting the Heart of Detroit

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Ann Heler is opening doors in The Heart of Detroit.

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Selling the bread of life and feeding the hungry, Norman an Cathy Schmitt are nourishing the heart of Detroit.

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Opening the world for autistic children, OU Cares is broadening the Heart of Detroit.

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Providing tools to match the talent, Charity Music plays a wonderful soundtrack for the heart of Detroit.

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Stephanie Taylor throws a lifeline to The Heart of Detroit.

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Detroit Dog Rescue is showing the humane side of The Heart of Detroit. 

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The Community Chorus of Detroit creates beautiful music in The Heart of Detroit.

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Mary Grimes keeps the good pages turning inside The Heart of Detroit.

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Marshall Hunt is putting good numbers into The Heart of Detroit. 

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Raising so many children others have not, Tom and Paulette Duggins are also raising the Heart Of Detroit.

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Larry and Marilynn Johnsonare reshaping The Heart of Detroit. 

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Andy and Emily Linn are energizing The Heart of Detroit. 

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Bright Beginnings is nurturing the Heart of Detroit

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Providing support in life's toughest moments, Michelle Tubbs is boosting The Heart of Detroit

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Paint A Miracle is giving brilliant color to The Heart of Detroit. 

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Terry & Janet Blumberg are healing The Hearts of Detroit. 

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With a passion for children and music.  Cheryl Valentine gives a beautiful soundtrack to The Heart of Detroit.   

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Sweetening the lives of others, the Donut Man, Bill Wiercioch is feeding The Heart of Detroit.

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Turning misfortune into optimism, Erica Coulston brings hope to The Heart of Detroit.

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Innovating with a social conscience, Veronika Scott helps to redesign the Heart of Detroit. 

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Art Dubin, breaking down stereotypes by doing for others.

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The On the Rise Bakery, offering the sweet taste of a second chance in the heart of Detroit.

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The purpose of the Patriot Guard Riders can be summed up in one word: respect. 

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Chris Ruzzin is inspiring those with disabilities to think big, and those without disabilities to think differently..

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Mark Covington returned home in 2007 to see a neighborhood he once loved in shambles.  From that point forward, it was his mission to bring the beauty back to Georgia Street.

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Steve Adams watched Hurricane Katrina on TV, then packed up, with no experience, and went to New Orleans to help. He now aids people who are vall over surviving disasters.

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Mother Batie is a pillar of the community who has been serving hot meals to those in need for over 40 years. Click here to listen to the extended audio interview, and here for Mitch's moving column about the help needed

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The Tutoring TREE at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church is a place where retirees with spare time can change lives.

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Matt Mosher lives in the suburbs and makes a good living there. But he splits his time volunteering in the city--free of charge--and changes lives along the way.

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Episode 1, September 22, 2011

Meet Pastor Carl Higgins. Once homeless, he now makes the world a better place for others.

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Mitch sits down with Local 4 to discuss the launch of Heart of Detroit

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A sneak peak at the new docu-series from Mitch Albom.

Premieres Thursday, September 22

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