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Fundraiser for Bay area Marine who lost legs

Fundraiser for Bay area Marine who lost legs

New Port Richey, Florida - On a street corner in New Port Richey Saturday morning, friends and family gathered to drum up support for a fundraiser to help one of our hometown heroes.  One child yelled, "Car Wash. Support our injured marine. Justin Gaertner!"

Despite the rainy start to the day, organizers held the car wash in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Little Road and State Road 54 in New Port Richey.

The goal was to raise money for Lance Corporal Justin Gaertner. His family learned the day after Thanksgiving that he lost both legs and had to have surgery on his left arm after his convoy struck an improvised explosive device as it traveled through the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Gaertner was most seriously injured in what officials believe was a remotely detonated second explosion that happened as he was trying to help his fellow Marines.

Hero Central: Dr. Jennifer Cook

Hero Central: Dr. Jennifer Cook

New Port Richey, Florida -- A New Port Richey Orthopedic Surgeon is utililizing her skills to help others who have lost their ability to walk. This University of Michigan graduate help start a program that provides free medical assistance to people who live in poor countries.

Dr. Jennifer Cook is one of five women who founded "Women Orthopedist Global Outreach", an organization that provides medical assistance around the world.

"We actually go to third world countries and we do joint replacement surgeries for free over there," Cook said.

This past September, Cook and a team of surgeons completed their inaugural mission in Kathmandu, Nepal.

"The patients came from all over Nepal to have the surgeries done. They actually recruited the patients before we went there to do the surgeries and some patients travel for as much as three hours to come for us to do the surgeries," the orthopedic surgeon said.

Toys for Tots faces toy shortage, how you can help

Toys for Tots faces toy shortage, how you can help

Tampa, Florida -- Toys for Tots needs your help to make the holidays special for local children.


Toys for Tots in Hillsborough County is asking residents to help deal with a toy shortage. The Marines were at their Tampa warehouse Tuesday night sorting through donations.


Right now, they need toys for girls ages 3-5, boys ages 9-12 and infants 0-2. Without donations, the group's organizers estimate 4,000 kids will go without gifts this Christmas.


You can drop off toys at the warehouse located at 5121 W. Gandy Boulevard in Tampa or send a check instead.


To make a donation, click here.

Two Bay area girls play Santa to 100 local kids

Two Bay area girls play Santa to 100 local kids

Lutz, Florida - While some children are making a wish list of toys, games and clothes they want for Christmas, two girls from Lutz are instead trying to make sure that other children in Hillsborough County who may not receive anything for Christmas don't have to go without.

Alix Weiss, 13, and her friend Karsyn Licciardello are eighth graders. They've been hard at work on their weekends and after school for children they've never even met.

Licciardello says it's worth it. "The happiness that on Christmas morning you helped somebody else."

Alix and Karsyn worked with social workers at Hillsborough Kids Incorporated, which oversees the care of children forced to leave their homes due to abuse and neglect.

The girls asked social workers at the agency what 100 children, from infants to teens, are wishing for this Christmas.

Stroll through a winter wonderland without leaving Dade City

Stroll through a winter wonderland without leaving Dade City

Dade City, FL - Dade City residents are fully familiar with the tradition by now. Every December, Church Street in historic Downtown Dade City is transformed into a winter wonderland full of decorated homes, festive music, strolling carolers, and even fake snow.

The 26th Anuual Country Christmas Stroll will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11. The stroll is preceded by the Holiday Market, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., which consists of street vendors selling holiday goodies, popular gifts, and arts and crafts in a block-party atmosphere. More than 30 stores throughout the historic downtown district will also extend their hours, so Christmas shoppers can cross even more names off of their lists.

When the main event begins after dark, the 25-year-old tradition brings hundreds of nearby residents to enjoy the holiday spirit along Church Street. Live entertainment, wagon rides, and an appearance by Santa will also be on the agenda this year.

 

Pasco county invites residents to be a Santa to a Senior

Pasco county invites residents to be a Santa to a Senior

New Port Richey, FL - The Be a Santa to a Senior program, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, is spreading holiday cheer nationwide. A little closer to home, restaurants, car dealerships, and hospitals are just some of the Pasco county businesses trimming their Christmas trees with ornament tags to support local financially-challenged seniors in the program.

Throughout Holiday, New Port Richey, and Zephyrhills, wreaths and trees sporting the ornaments will let citizens pick a senior to sponsor, identified only by first name, and learn their gift requests. After purchasing the gift, participants are asked to return the wrapped present and original ornament tag to the location where they chose it.

Asking for mostly simple gifts, all seniors benefiting from the program are living alone or at an assisted-living facility. The organization is set to double last year's number of gift recipients, adding more and more festive spirit to the community each year.

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

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

This Tampa Bay town is probably a lot older than you think -- yes, it got its name from a church, but who's the Wesley in Wesley Chapel?

We took The Morning Show LIVE to The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel on Wednesday, November 24th!

Photo Gallery: 10 News LIVE at Wesley Chapel!