Hero Central

Hero Central

Welcome to WKYC's Hero Central. There are many wonderful organizations here in Northeast Ohio that stand ready to help you. And many volunteer opportunities for you and your family to help those in need. Do you need a hero? Can you be a hero?

Coats for Kids

Be a hero and donate to Coats for Kids! Drop off a new or like-new winter coat at participating malls, Howard Hanna, or BJ’s locations. For a full list of drop off sites, or to make a donation online, visit coatsforkidscleveland.org.

You can also buy a paper coat at Discount Drug Mart for just $1.00 and receive an instant $1.00 off coupon from Energizer. Proceeds go directly to Coats for Kids.

This winter, let’s make sure that every child that needs a coat gets one.

Hero Central Stories

Northeast Ohio memorial ride honors firefighters

11:20 AM, May 25, 2011

An estimated one thousand motorcycles are expected to participate in the 7th Annual Firefighters Memorial Ride.

Cleveland: Free Thanksgiving meals for those in need

3:28 AM, Nov 25, 2010

Here is a list from the City of Cleveland of Thanksgiving Holiday Meal site dates and locations for those in need of a place to get a holiday meal. Meals begin Monday and continue through Saturday.

Saturday: Heroes Help Northeast Ohio needs your donation!

2:33 PM, Oct 23, 2010

CLEVELAND -- Come on out this Saturday to help those most in need in Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland: All Faiths Pantry feeds 'greatest generation'

12:33 PM, Sep 29, 2010

CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland man has become something of a hero to hundreds of senior citizens on the west side because he's carrying out an idea he had about five years ago.

Hero Central: Volunteer of the Year has huge impact for Make A Wish family

8:58 AM, Apr 30, 2010

Twenty-six-year-old Matt Seitz was getting some well-deserved love and attention Thursday from Rachel Murray and her mother, Marge, at the downtown Cleveland headquarters of the Make A Wish Foundation.

Free tax service for Cuyahoga County residents

11:37 AM, Feb 24, 2010

CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County residents will have the opportunity to take advantage of free tax preparation beginning 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 27.

Cleveland: The City Mission turns 100

11:16 AM, Feb 5, 2010

CLEVELAND -- One of the oldest, non-profit organizations in Cleveland is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Hero Central: Hudson Community of Heroes

9:03 PM, Nov 27, 2009

HUDSON -- Nancy Ochsenhirt has good reason to celebrate her life.

Hero Central: Service dog aids boy with epilepsy

10:39 AM, Nov 10, 2009

NORTON -- Jackie and Steve Smolinski have a busy household, and it recently got even busier with the addition of a second dog.

Hero Central: Join the Change Gang

10:10 AM, Nov 2, 2009

Join Channel 3 and WDOK Softrock 102.1 for the 2009 Change Gang Campaign to help Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

Hero Central: Lakewood students remember soldiers

6:12 PM, Oct 31, 2009

LAKEWOOD -- Students at Garfield Middle School here just completed a campaign to fill "Care Packages" for our soldiers. Friday they were inviting people in the community to pitch in.

'Heroes Help Northeast Ohio' drive overwhelming success

9:00 PM, Oct 23, 2009

CLEVELAND -- Channel 3's one-day drive to enlist "Heroes Help Northeast Ohio" in giving to the Cleveland Foodbank, the Salvation Army's Christmas Toy Campaign, and Coats for Kids got all three organizations off to a running start in their holiday campaigns.

Hero Central: 'Heroes Help Northeast Ohio' drive a huge success

8:36 AM, Oct 23, 2009

CLEVELAND --   "Heroes Help Northeast Ohio" took place Thursday at Channel 3 and was a huge success thanks to all of you. 


Focus: Heroes Help Northeast Ohio

8:33 AM, Oct 23, 2009

CLEVELAND -- Thousands of people donated to the Heroes Help Northeast Ohio drive. So now what? How long will it take your donation to make it to a person in need?

Hero Central: Join the 'Change Gang'

12:25 PM, Oct 6, 2009

Hero Central: Students help raise awareness for pediatric cancer

8:05 AM, Sep 29, 2009

BRUNSWICK -- Students at Edwards Middle School used origami to fold 1,000 paper cranes, in the hopes of making one student's wish come true.

Hero Central: Teens love for reading to help sick kids

12:01 PM, Sep 21, 2009

PEPPER PIKE -- A local Hawken School junior is hoping to help sick kids feel better, one book at a time.

Hero Central: Local man is honored with MDA award

11:52 AM, Sep 21, 2009

AKRON -- Steve Marsh learned at age three that he had muscular distrophy.  His own son was diagnosed at the same age.

Hero Central: 'Girls with Sole' to help abused girls

11:13 AM, Sep 21, 2009

ROCKY RIVER -- Whenever Liz Ferro needs a moment to clear her mind, she laces up her tennis shoes and goes for a run.



Hero Central: Teenagers have a chance to be heroes

11:45 AM, Sep 6, 2009

PAINESVILLE -- Big Brothers/Big Sisters is looking for dozens of high school students to become part-time mentors to a grade school student.

Hero Central: Bedford man receives award for protecting the children of Israel

12:51 PM, Sep 4, 2009

BEDFORD -- Philanthropist and local businessman Mort Weisberg was honored by the Jewish National Fund with the Tree of Life Award for the funds he raised for the children in Sderot, Israel.

Hero Central: City of Brunswick, VFW collecting care packages for military

6:08 PM, Aug 31, 2009

BRUNSWICK -- The City of Brunwick is joining forces with the Brunswick Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary to collect items that will be put into care packages for servicemen and women.

Hero Central: Medina County Food Bank

2:12 PM, Aug 30, 2009

SEVILLE -- In our "Hero Central Report," we introduce you to two women making a difference in Medina County.

Mentor community rallies around teen with cancer

10:08 PM, Aug 22, 2009

MENTOR -- Kelsey Hamilton is a 15-year-old Mentor High School student in the fight of her life.

Local airmen build school in Guyana

6:59 AM, Aug 22, 2009

YOUNGSTOWN -- The men and women of the Air Force Reserve's 910th Airlift Wing here have deployed to Iraq and other trouble spots in recent years, but this summer they were in a different part of the world on a very different kind of mission.

211/First Call for Help is swamped with calls

11:05 PM, Aug 19, 2009

CLEVELAND -- Need to know where's the nearest food pantry?  Call 211.

Teens' free 'department store' project outfits kids for back-to-school

2:58 PM, Aug 6, 2009

CLEVELAND -- Shopping for back-to-school clothes can get pretty expensive.  So for families who struggle to make ends meet, two teens came up with an alternative to help them get the things they need.

Kelleys Island: Couple donates wedding gifts to little girl

6:27 PM, Aug 5, 2009

KELLEYS ISLAND --  Summer is wedding season and usually brides and grooms anxiously await opening their wedding gifts.

Join the fight against breast cancer, donate to the 3Day

4:23 PM, Jul 29, 2009

CLEVELAND --  The third annual Breast Cancer 3 Day event will take place on July 31, August 1, and August 2.

Boy Scouts bring badge ceremony to recovering troop leader

12:14 PM, Jul 29, 2009

PARMA -- George Kern, 85 has been involved with Boy Scouts for almost 40 years.

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