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Blessings Under the Bridge honored by People magazine

Blessings Under the Bridge honored by People magazine

If you've picked up a copy of the most recent People magazine, you may notice a hometown connection.

In between the photos of celebrity weddings and fall fashions, a shout-out to Spokane natives Mike and Jessica Kovac and their charity – Blessings Under the Bridge.

The couple were on the verge of divorce when Jessica says she began distributing bagged lunches to the homeless in downtown Spokane. Eventually her husband joined her and realized their problems that felt so big could be fixed.

Mike and Jessica emptied their savings to found Blessings Under the Bridge and have since fed thousands of people and helped some find and furnish apartments.

You can learn more about the Kovac's and Blessings Under the Bridge in our Everyday Heroes section on KXLY.com.

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Avista safety tips during National Preparedness Month

Avista safety tips during National Preparedness Month

This month marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month and creates an opportunity for Avista to remind customers about the importance of being prepared for unexpected emergencies, like the recent storms that rolled through sections of their Washington and Idaho services area.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security sponsor this national initiative and uses September to remind all Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies at home, school, work and in our communities.

As we have experienced recently, weather events like summer storms can ravage entire communities with effects lasting for days. Being prepared for severe weather like thunderstorms, wind, ice and snow storms or other natural disasters can help our residents and their families deal with the results of such events.

Green Eggs and Scams - fraud awareness workshop this Friday

Green Eggs and Scams - fraud awareness workshop this Friday

The Better Business Bureau is hosting their second annual “Green Eggs and Scams” workshop this Friday in Spokane.

This free, senior-focused event provides resources to help seniors protect themselves against scams, investment fraud and identity theft.

Presenters include representatives from the Washington State Attorney General's Office, AGP Wealth Advisers and the BBB to talk about the latest scams and schemes targeting our community. Vendors will also be on hand with resources and raffle giveaways.

This Friday's event is being held at the North East Community Center, with registration beginning at 8 am. Programming runs from 8:30 to 11:30 am. A complimentary breakfast is being provided.

Sit! Stay! Shelter in place.

Sit! Stay! Shelter in place.

September is Disaster Preparedness Month, and as part of that SCRAPS wants to make sure you know how to handle your four-legged family members in times of emergency.

On Tuesday, September 9 SCRAPS will team up with the Spokane Emergency Management team to offer information on what you can do if a disaster strikes that requires you to stay in your home. Certain events like an ice storm or a train derailment may last a day or a week.

The Shelter in Place program offers tips to keep your family and furry friends safe indoors during that time.

The program begins at 6:30 pm at the SCRAPS Regional Animal Facility located at 6815 E. Trent in the Spokane Valley. Admission is free.

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Grandparent's Day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Grandparent's Day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Spokane County Meals on Wheels is hosing their fifth annual Grandparent's Day to help raise money to that no senior ever has to go hungry.

This Sunday, September 7 from 1-4 pm at Mirabeau Point Park, families of all shapes, sizes and ages are welcome to join in the festivities. There will be a silent auction, lunch, and family friendly entertainers as well as a contest for grandparents of the year!

The event is $15 for adults, free to children ages 10 and under.

Spokane County Meals on Wheels provides hot, delivered meals to the frail elderly and homebound in Spokane County. They service over 400 homes daily on 40 routes and their need is always increasing. They also operate 13 senior meal sites and a Silver Cafe.

Working 4 you: Be prepared for the cost of fall sports

Working 4 you: Be prepared for the cost of fall sports

There's been a lot of inspiration for young Washington kids in sports this year, with Clint Dempsey being the star of Team USA in the World Cup, and not to mention the Seahawks winning the Superbowl. But, if it's a child's first season playing sports, many parents may underestimate just how much it's going to cost.

Events like the Superbowl, the Olympics and the World Cup give aspiring athletes new heroes. Most children want to go out and play just like them, and parents are rarely going to hesitate, realizing the benefits that team sports offer.

"It's teamwork. You get to work together, and I always get to know the other team a lot," said Emma Pelletier, a youth soccer player.

Jahehi Burford, another youth soccer player added, "If you're a kid that doesn't talk in school, you can go to soccer, and you have many friends there you can just talk to."

And Soleil Brown, another youth soccer player, said, "I get to do things that I love, and I get to exercise too."

But what parents of kids playing sports for the first time might not realize is the costs can certainly add up.

Fairchild airman receives Purple Heart

A Fairchild airman was awarded the Purple Heart at a ceremony Thursday afternoon for injuries he received during his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant Jason Howes was injured in an attack at Bagram Airfield on September 10, 2012.

Howes was attempting to board a Chinook helicopter when an enemy barrage was launched at the airbase and one of the shells exploded beneath the helicopter, destroying it.

"It's that concussion and then that shrapnel that has now injured the team of three going out to do their business," Colonel Charles McDaniel said during the ceremony.

SSGT Howes told the audience gathered for the ceremony that it has been a long road since the attack, adding the Purple Heart is not a medal that you go seeking.