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Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home in Largo

Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home in Largo

Largo, FL - Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County kicks off the December holiday season by dedicating it's 205th house in Largo on Wednesday, December 151h at 4pm.

Pam Guttridge and her five children look forward to their new home located at 610 4th Avenue NW just in time to decorate for Christmas.

Pam has had excitement for Habitat for Humanity from the beginning, "After hearing the presentation, I did the math and realized I qualified!" says Pamela, "I had just received a raise that put me in the price range."

Aegon and The City of Largo sponsored the building of Pamela's house.

AEGON Florida Human Resources Representative, Susan Lindelof commented, "AEGON's Community Involvement Committee was proud to once again be a Corporate Sponsor of a Habitat for Humanity build project to benefit a deserving family.

Why do they call it that? Gulfport LIVE on the road!

Why do they call it that? Gulfport LIVE on the road!

Before picking Gulfport, folks tried out -- and tossed out -- several other names, including one honoring one of the most powerful people you've probably never heard of.

We took The Morning Show LIVE to Downtown Gulfport on Wednesday, December 15th!

Need a free mattress?

Need a free mattress?

Pinellas Park, Florida - A Bay area company wants to give away 200 new mattresses to people who need them this holiday season.

For every mattress that Mattress and Furniture Wholesalers sells, they'll donate a free mattress to a charity that needs it.  So far, they've sold 14 mattresses this holiday season.  Their goal is to sell 200.

"We're trying to get a mattress under everyone who's sleeping on the floor right now," said George Brooks IV. "Of the four things you need -- food, water, air -- a good place to sleep is really one of them."

The company, operated out of a warehouse on 66th Street North in Pinellas Park, is owned by a father and his son.

And they say this giveaway isn't about publicity.

Uniformed deputies playing Santa for families in need

Uniformed deputies playing Santa for families in need

Oldsmar, FL - Nearly 100 Pinellas County Sheriff's uniformed deputies and agency members stopped by the Oldsmar Wal-Mart on Tampa Road to "Shop For Santa" early Thursday morning, from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m..

Giving the gift of a picture

Giving the gift of a picture

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Free family portraits, courtesy of 38 volunteer professional and amateur photographers in St. Petersburg.

The event took place over the weekend at the Macedonia Free World Church in St. Petersburg. The photographers contacted the Church wanting to give those down on their luck and lacking money for such a picture, a little boost.

"I wanna see my picture," said one excited young girl.

Regina Cooper is the Youth Minister at Macedonia.  She sees the need firsthand, "One child came in she was very excited and said she had never taken a picture with her mother before... just school pictures."

Everyone was thankful. Marcus Jones said he doesn't think he's had a professional picture since he was about 15. "I just thank them for taking my picture."

Holiday teddy bear drive brings smiles to sick children

Holiday teddy bear drive brings smiles to sick children

LARGO, Florida -- A young girl touched by a gift is now working to bring smiles to kids too sick to be at home this holiday season.

As a baby Hannah McMann received a teddy bear while she was a patient at All Children's Hospital.  Now, 10-year-old Hannah continues to give back. She's collected stuffed animals for young hospital patents for the past six years.

Today, Hannah was joined by several adult students with disabilities from UPARC to shop for teddy bears at the Wal-Mart on North Missouri Avenue in Largo.

Hannah says she does this because when kids are in the hospital, they don't always recieve gifts from Santa. Her goal is to give the young children something they can snuggle with while they recover, returning the same gift someone gave to her years ago.

The Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Children helped raise money for Hannah's teddy bear drive by selling handmade holiday cards.

Why do they call it that? Clearwater and Hudson

Why do they call it that? Clearwater and Hudson

One's a place where explorers on the verge of death knew they could find water to keep them alive. The other's also a spot with very old aquatic connections.

Why do they call it Clearwater?

The U.S. Army built a fort on the bluffs here before the Civil War.

It was named after William Henry Harrison, the poor guy who would become famous for serving just one month as president before he died.

"There were a bunch of forts that were established -- for a short term -- during the Second Seminole War, Fort Harrison being one of them," said Rodney Kite-Powell, the curator of history at the Tampa Bay History Center.

The fort was only used briefly, then shut down. In its place, settlers moved in to get their hands on free government land.