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Past articles by Andrea:

Former Foster Child Honors Foster Mom by Paying It Forward

"There are kids who go into foster care every day and they have the clothes on their back and that is it," LeeAnn Petersen tells PEOPLE → Read More

Massachusetts Auto Mechanic Spends His Final Days Repairing Bikes for Kids in Need: ‘I Can Improve Kids’ Lives’

Bob Charland, who has an incurable brain disease, has donated more than 300 bikes to deserving children → Read More

Couple Who Met During an Eclipse Wed During Total Solar Eclipse: ‘It’s the Most Romantic Thing’

Travel-blogging couple Elien Wijns and Liam Dorney say the sun, moon and stars aligned for their love story → Read More

Woman Burned in Fire at Grandparents’ Home as a Child Inspires Burn Victims: ‘I Had to Survive to Help Other People’

When Lesia Cartelli was 9 years old, she was severely burned in a gas explosion at her grandparents' home in East Detroit → Read More

I Watched Chris Cornell’s Final Show — and Saw Ominous Hints of the Tragedy to Come

Detroit photographer Ken Settle has been shooting concerts and artists in the Detroit area since the 70s. He first captured images of the grunge-era band Soundgarden in their early years in the late 80s. Every time they came to town since, he’s been on hand to take new photos and watch a show. But Wednesday night’s performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre — the last for frontman Chris Cornell, who… → Read More

Pennsylvania Woman Throws Free Birthday Parties for Homeless Children: ‘Everyone Should Know That They Are Loved’

"We have a mission that is universally easy to understand," says founder Megan Yunn. "We all have birthdays.. It's not about lavishness, it's just about the notion that there are genuinely good people out there and we want to be able to support these families." → Read More

Florida Woman Sends Disney-Inspired Princesses to Hospitals and Homes to Entertain Sick Children

"For a little bit of time, Phoebe wasn't worried when she had to go get labs next or take medicine," Cole Dooley says of his daughter, who has a brain tumor and got a home princess visit. "She got to be a little kid." → Read More

California Couple Whose Son Died of Cancer Offers Free Rides to Hospital Treatment for Sick Children and Families

"These families we serve, for many, if they miss their job, they lose their job," Richard Nares says. "We've seen how some had to either give up food or be late on utility bills or rent because they would have to give their neighbors gas money just for a ride to the hospital. We wanted to help them." → Read More

Iowa Barber Offers Free Haircuts to Children Who Read to Him: 'I'm Worried About Kids Today'

Courtney Holmes says Dubuque is rallying around efforts to encourage youth through stronger reading skills, a predictor of success in later life → Read More

North Carolina Man, 88, Raises More than $218,000 Walking to Fight World Hunger, Will Do 'Anything' for the Cause

Lloyd Lancaster will be 89 when he participates in his 33rd CROP Hunger Walk in October → Read More

Grieving Mom: I Only Learned of Teen Daughter's Dark Double Life Online After Her Suicide

Families must communicate more and police their children's technology, the mom of a dead Alabama teen tells PEOPLE → Read More

Juliette Lewis Talks Quitting Drugs at 22, Battling Mania 'My Entire Life'

The Secrets and Lies star tells PEOPLE Now her family and friends were key to getting her back on track → Read More

Kanye West Gets Hands-On with Kim Kardashian During Paris Fashion Week

The rapper and the reality star, who are hoping for another child, showed a lot of love in Paris → Read More

Casino Janitor in Iowa Makes His 35-Mile Work Trek Mostly on Foot

"It's just me, my idea of a responsible person," Steve Simoff says of walking to hold down his $9 hourly overnight job → Read More

Shania Twain Announces Farewell Tour

The country star will kick off 48 dates beginning in June in Seattle → Read More

Maggie Smith May Not Be Leaving Downton Abbey

The actress's rep says earlier comments about the show's end were lighthearted and that Smith plans to stay for its full run → Read More

Nine Dead After Rural Missouri Shooting

A lone gunman, believed to be responsible for the shootings, later committed suicide → Read More

American Horror Story Star in Critical Condition After Being Struck by a Car

Ben Woolf, who played Meep, was hit in the head by a a passing SUV's rearview mirror → Read More

Neil Patrick Harris: How I'll Top Ellen's Oscar Selfie

The Oscar host gets tips from DeGeneres ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards show → Read More

Email Wrongly Tells 800 Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Grad Students They Were Accepted

After they'd celebrated, the disappointed students learned it was an error seven hours later → Read More