Philly Rising: Difference Makers from KYW Newsradio

These are the stories that highlight our region's grit and grace - ordinary people of Greater Philadelphia becoming difference-makers.

If you know a difference-maker we should feature in a future "Philly Rising" segment, tell us here!

Miniature horse Buttercup visits Mighty Writers kids
Courtesy of Erin Brown
Antionette Lee
July 03, 2020 - 4:00 am
A 5-year-old miniature horse that usually spends time with patients at a Philadelphia hospital gave some Philly kids a much needed pick-me-up in West Philadelphia. Read more here.
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Timothy Farrell of Farrell's Florist
Farrell's Florist
Antionette Lee
June 26, 2020 - 7:31 am
Usually this time of the year, Farrell’s Florist in Drexel Hill is booked with back-to-back events, but the coronavirus changed all that. So Timothy Farrell decided to stay busy by delivering flowers with messages of appreciation and gratitude to health care workers on the front lines of the...
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Jerry Rice and his homemade dessert
Courtesy of Jerry Rice
Antionette Lee
June 19, 2020 - 4:00 am
There’s much to love about Jerry Rice. Not to be confused with the Hall-of-Famer football legend, this Rice is more well-known for his big personality and lavish homemade desserts. Read more here.
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A new take on the Black Lives Matter t-shirt from AB Media Group and SHFT World
AB Media Group, SHFT World
Antionette Lee
June 12, 2020 - 7:17 am
In recent weeks, brands and businesses in Philadelphia and around the world have released statements, taken actions, and collected money to convey their stance on racial justice. Two businesswomen in Philadelphia are standing out as they figure out their roles in the fight, which is paying off in a...
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Arnett Woodall on the left, and food donations on the right
Antionette Lee/KYW Newsradio and Courtesy of Chick-A-Boom
Antionette Lee
June 05, 2020 - 5:30 am
In light of the recent looting in West Philadelphia, many businesses in the area have been closed and boarded up. But a few places were spared from the damages and they’re trying to be a beacon of hope during troubling times. Read more here.
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Marianne experiencing the beach at the Arden Courts: Memory Care facility
Courtesy of the Arden Courts: Memory Care facility
Antionette Lee
May 29, 2020 - 4:00 am
At the Arden Courts: Memory Care facility in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a program that helps residents get a wish or special moment fulfilled has helped over 4,000 residents including 85-year-old Marianne S., whose wish recently just came true. Read more here.
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Candy Manning offers free prom photos to seniors
Courtesy of Candy Manning
Antionette Lee
May 22, 2020 - 4:00 am
In normal times, high school students around the country would have been looking forward to their prom around this time. Read more here.
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Richard Ost at The Philadelphia Pharmacy in Kensington
Courtesy of Richard Ost
Antionette Lee
May 15, 2020 - 6:15 am
Richard Ost has operated the Philadelphia Pharmacy in Kensington for nearly 40 years. The pandemic has made an already important part of the community even more essential — especially for those who can’t easily get to it. Read more here.
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Keith Baldwin
Courtesy of Keith Baldwin
Antionette Lee
May 08, 2020 - 4:00 am
Sometimes there’s more than one hero in a story, like the story about Spike’s Trophies in Northeast Philadelphia. Read more here.
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Syreeta Scott and her products from Duafe Holistic Hair Care
Courtesy of Syreeta Scott
Antionette Lee
May 01, 2020 - 6:15 am
Syreeta Scott's Duafe Holistic Hair Care in North Philly has shut down amid the pandemic, but Scott is still paying her employees and offering tutorials on social media. Read more here.
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