Good Things with Bill Leslie
One of the top things we hear from you is a desire for GOOD NEWS! Well, here it is. Veteran WRAL Reporter Bill Leslie finds and features good people doing good things. These are the stories that restore your faith in humanity! Bill's stories air on WRAL-TV Fridays during the 5:30 News. Have a story idea? Email email@example.com.
The Triangle Spokes Group has donated over 2,600 bikes to underprivileged children since 2007.
A Fayetteville sportswriter shines a light on a recent Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, Dean Smith.
A program that has been called "Habitat for Humanity on Wheels" is providing struggling families with reliable and affordable transportation.
Meet Michael Clapp, a Durham architect who has developed a special garment to keep patients more comfortable while undergoing chemotherapy. The project is a way for Clapp to honor his mother, who died of lung cancer.
The Walking Classroom is a teacher-initiated, in-school fitness and obesity intervention that improves health literacy and builds core content knowledge while addressing different learning styles.
A Raleigh group called the 'Doing Good Network' is tapping into America's musical talent to help fund programs for US military members and their families.
Bobby Barbour and Warren Shaw ride around in a large truck and make a lot of people happy.
A Christian minister and a Hindu monk, married to each other, find their differences enhance their individual faith journey.
Rebecca Rothney started "Pack for a Purpose" for international travelers to carry needed goods in their luggage.
Quadriplegic Rachelle Friedman is a "shining star" at her Cary gym.
Kindness circles spread messages of hopes in surprising places, and boost the spirits of those who find them.
Heather Leah dresses up as a superhero and volunteers for different nonprofit groups across the Triangle.
Raleigh psychiatrist and entrepreneur Assad Meymandi has given away millions of dollars. The 79-year-old Iranian native, who calls Warren Buffett his secular role model, made his fortune by embracing the American way. He says he derives great joy from helping others.
Three Raleigh roommates, inspired by the generosity of their neighbors, are paying it forward in a big way, using digital media to connect people with community needs.
For 15 years, Timour Bourtasenkov has helped elevate the Carolina Ballet to one of the premier dance companies in America. Now, the dancer is retiring.
Four women have volunteered for the Dorcas Shop all 45 years of its existence helping neighbors in crisis.
The Alliance Medical Ministry, a Wake County organization that provides affordable health care to the working poor, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Former WRAL photographer Art Howard discusses his travel to all seven continents to help document worldwide environmental issues.
Wake Education Partnership puts on its popular Pieces of Gold talent show Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium. Liz Droessler is the arts educator who has been coaching young talent for this event from the beginning.
Scott Wittig uses lessons from a troubled in his novels and public speaking engagements. He is the author of 'Holy It' and 'The Second Day.'
SAS computer scientist Ed Summers is helping to transform the way visually impaired students learn in schools across North Carolina and beyond. Ed leads a team at SAS working to make software more accessible to people with disabilities.
Raleigh's renaissance man, Dan Nelson, paints and plays with a flourish on Fayetteville Street.
When the heat is on at the post office, Tony Vause is a man of great patience. compassion, humor and charm.
When she learned her mother had early-onset Alzheimer's Andrea Osborne recorded a CD to capture their relationship. Proceeds from her music benefit other Alzheimer's patients.
Bill Leslie profiles the "local dean of defense," Robert McMillan, an 89-year-old attorney, who was recently inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame.
Joe Newberry, a musician and the communications director for the N.C. Symphony, is featured on WRAL's Good Things for his ability to help those in grief with music.
Lung cancer survivor Tomma Hargraves fights to raise awareness of the disease.
Matt Shipman, of Raleigh, started the First Step Project to help victims of domestic violence and has raised $21,000 in donations since 2009.
Dempsey Means is calm, cool and collected. That's how the veteran State Fair supervisor is described. He handles the chaos of the 11-day event.
Using the power of the sun, and saving electricity and gas.
Dr. Burton Horwitz travels to Moldova, an impoverished county in Eastern Europe, to bring smiles to abandoned children.
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that violence related to religion and intolerance is on the rise worldwide. A Cary teenager has responded with her own campaign of peace and understanding.
Skin cancer almost killed Sue Pfuetze in 1986, but an experimental treatment gave her new life. As a result, the 76-year-old retired nurse and grandmother now works out almost every day with a sense of patriotic determination.
Desirr'ee Dunn of Raleigh recently won an award from the Raleigh Human Relations Commission for crafting a mentoring program for at-risk youth.
Wheels4Hope gives donated cars to people like Brenda Street, whose house burned to the ground on the same day she totaled her car.
Writer and business coach Ed Gideon talks with Bill Leslie about his "Breakthroughs for Success," his new book that inspires young people in the business world.
In the midst of a down economy, the Blue Ridge Conservancy raised the funds to preserve the panaromic views of Pond Mountain in Ashe County, named by Thomas Jefferson's father.
Bradley Hintze, who has cerebral palsy and dystonia, is earning a PhD at Duke University and raising money to help children with disabilties.
Raleigh HOG, a local chapter of the Harley Owners Group, has raised more than $100,000 for local charities in the last five years.
Wilbur Davis, a 61-year-old Raleigh man who spent more than 20 years smoking crack cocaine, is waging a war on drugs in his own subtle way around Moore Square by serving as a greeter and food distribution organizer for the Salvation Army.
Author and hiking enthusiast Allen De Hart will donatehis 91-acre botanical gardens and estate to Louisburg College Thursday afternoon. The gift will more than double the land mass of the campus.
A new study suggests that genetics have a lot to do with how charitable people can be.
Melinda Schmitt, of Garner, has become Garner's "Hugs Lady" during a year-long campaign to help make people smile. She estimated she's given out as many as 3,000 hugs.
Bailey and Ryley Rice are like a lot of brothers, they love baseball and burgers. But after a recent choking incident at a Cary restaurant, the bond between these two brothers is stronger than ever.
C.W. and Leslie Bing, of South Hill, Va., use their drilling expertise to provide clean water in Zambia. Their work has benefitted 65,000 people.
Author Charles Richards talks about having a positive outlook on money, wealth and personal prosperity.
Alex Lane, a recent UNC graduate who lives in Morrisville, talks with WRAL about her experience volunteering to save animals in the areas of Japan ravaged by last year's tsunami.
Two Raleigh churches with the same name will come together Thursday night for a joint service to celebrate their 200 year history. First Baptist of Raleigh was born as one church in 1812 but split along racial lines during emancipation. Each church kept the same name, one on Wilmington Street and the other on Salisbury Street.
A bluegrass marathon is planned this weekend in Chapel Hill.
Author Margot Starbuck talks about her book, "Small Things With Great Love - Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor."