• Gavin's Letter

    Gavin's Letter

    No one could have guessed that an eight-year-old from Shreveport, Louisiana, could warm the hearts and lift the spirits of troops in Afghanistan. But Gavin Brint offered hope and appreciation for their service with four genuine, but fairly blunt, words that brought a laugh and a smile to the men and women in the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing. Read about Gavin’s handmade card, the men and women who cherished it, and the amazing story about four, simple, handwritten words that became internationally famous. more

  • A True Success Story: Paying It Forward

    A True Success Story: Paying It Forward

    Overcoming remarkable obstacles, Julie Stav’s life is a true success story. Never forgetting how she was helped in coming to this country as a teenager from Communist Cuba, she has made a lifelong commitment to “returning the favor” to others. Read the story of Julie’s powerful journey as she ventured alone with her brother into the United States, with the help of her parents, teachers, even the Pope, and went on to become a leading investment advisor, helping others of all backgrounds and circumstance change their lives for the better. more

  • A Golden Opportunity

    A Golden Opportunity

    Golden Retrievers are often described as loyal dogs—sweet and loving companions for many lucky families. But many Goldens aren’t so lucky as to have a healthy, happy home. That’s where Adopt A Golden Birmingham steps in to help. Read about Adopt A Golden’s loving loyalty to this special breed and their commitment to finding safe, lifelong homes for Golden Retrievers. more

  • Good Towns: Bluffton, South Carolina

    Good Towns: Bluffton, South Carolina

    Welcome to the beautiful, Lowcountry town of Bluffton, South Carolina, our latest town featured in our Good Towns series! Something special is happening in Bluffton, but to any who’ve wandered off Highway 17 while traveling from Charleston to Hilton Head to Savannah, this comes as no surprise. Life on the bluff has been a rich conglomerate since the sea met land and first shaped the intracoastal banks. Read about the arts, the river, the community, and more as we explore Bluffton! more

  • Good Dog of the Month: Isis

    Good Dog of the Month: Isis

    When Isis was rescued from the side of the road, she was emaciated, dehydrated, anemic, had heartworms, parasites, worn teeth, and had suffered a traumatic eye injury that left her blind. With the help of volunteers, veterinarians, donors, and a loving foster family, she is now a healthy, happy dog and a source of inspiration and courage to all who hear her story. Meet our latest Good Dog of the Month, Isis. more

  • Rumpshaker 5k: Funny Name, Serious Fight Against Cancer

    Rumpshaker 5k: Funny Name, Serious Fight Against Cancer

    After losing her mother to colon cancer, Amanda Vandegrift decided to combine two of her greatest passions, running and advocating for those with the disease, and thus the Rumpshaker 5k began—raising support and awareness for colon cancer while also fostering meaningful relationships along the way. Now in its sixth year, the Rumpshaker 5k has grown larger than Amanda could have dreamed, thanks to the hard work of many, much selfless support from friends and family, and her own unending dedication to the fight against the disease. more

  • Finding Forever Families

    Finding Forever Families

    The wagging of tails, the purring and cuddling, and the smiling faces­—there isn’t much sweeter than the meeting of a pet and its new owner. The bond between humans and their pets is immeasurable, and often friendships are formed right from the first meeting, as pet owners bring their waggy-tailed and soft-purring creatures into their homes as new family members. This bond and this joy drive the work of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Read more about the GBHS and the passionate work of staff and volunteers to help find lifelong homes for pets. more

  • A Baseball Legend

    A Baseball Legend

    Looking for a memorable way to celebrate as we start the warm summer of another baseball season, we were delighted to receive a remarkable story by a true fan of the game. Author, businessman, and sports enthusiast Bob Ravener recounts his personal, behind-the-scenes encounter with Cal Ripken, Jr., and the legendary streak that almost never was. more

  • Creative Aging

    Creative Aging

    Meryl Klein, founder of Creative Aging, has seen, first-hand, the life-enhancing power of the arts for people, both young and old. Through the efforts of the Creative Aging program, elderly individuals are having vibrant and joyful experiences with the arts. From stroke survivors finding their voice again in song, to dementia sufferers having lucidity in memory, if only momentarily during a stage performance, these moments of celebrating the arts are eliciting remarkable and inspiring responses from appreciative audiences. more

  • Mom and Apple Pie: A Mother's Day Tribute

    Mom and Apple Pie: A Mother's Day Tribute

    It is only fitting that the description of all that is good in America is linked to a mother. “Mom and apple pie.” It’s a phrase that describes what is most pure or perfect about something. It is the quintessential metaphor for all that is good and true in life. Mom. Very few words evoke such feeling... more

  • A Call from the Heart for Disabled Children

    A Call from the Heart for Disabled Children

    Emily Worrall is not a typical American twenty-something. Having witnessed first-hand the lack of resources and advocacy for disadvantaged children with disabilities in Uganda, Emily knew her heart was calling her to serve something much greater than herself. Read about Emily and the incredible work her team is doing at Ekisa Ministries—an orphanage and community outreach program she founded for those with disabilities in Uganda. Her sense of compassion and personal responsibility is enabling Ekisa to forever change the lives of marginalized and abandoned children. more

  • Good Dogs Gallery Issue 5

    Good Dogs Gallery Issue 5

    Our readers have once again shared with us the stories and photos of their furry family members. Some of them have been rescued by their owners, and another dog, in fact, is trained to search and rescue. These pups have lovable personalities, and we are thankful for the good they share with so many. more

  • Becoming Super: Raising Up Young Heroes

    Becoming Super: Raising Up Young Heroes

    When a baby is diagnosed with a serious health condition or impairment, a parent’s world can feel absolutely turned upside down. Yet in spite of the initial shock and often long-term challenges, these parents seize hope and pride from the milestones their children often reach against the odds. At The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs in Homewood, Ala., children receive support in helping to reach those milestones every day. Read about the amazing work The Bell Center accomplishes for these young heroes and about the much-needed support it receives from the Regions Superhero 5k Run. more

  • Inspiring Hope at the Grassroots

    Inspiring Hope at the Grassroots

    Samford University graduate and Bessemer, Alabama, native, Marquita Hall is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people in her hometown. Believing her education is a gift, Marquita has returned to her hometown, which holds an unenviably high crime rate, to help increase high school graduation rates. Read about how Marquita and a group of mentors are helping to inspire a sense of purpose, confidence, and hope in the lives of inner-city students who otherwise could very easily “become a statistic.” more

  • A Foundation For a New Life

    A Foundation For a New Life

    Many veterans face a major adjustment when they transition from active duty back to domestic life. For those with life-altering injuries, it’s nearly impossible to quantify the challenges they face to move forward with their lives. Lima Foxtrot, an inspired program at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Ala., is dedicated to helping injured military members lead healthy, active, and independent lifestyles. more

  • Good Dogs Gallery Issue 4

    Good Dogs Gallery Issue 4

    See The Good is proud to present our fourth issue of the Good Dogs Gallery! Readers have shared with us their goofy dogs, their sweet pups, and their loyal friends. We hope these photos and stories bring a smile to your face, and that, dog owner or not, you’ll enjoy these lovable pets. more

  • Good Towns: The Shoals, Alabama

    Good Towns: The Shoals, Alabama

    Welcome to the Shoals! Nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River, this beautiful area of Alabama, which includes the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield, has a rich history and a vibrant creative culture. Home to one of only a few Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Southeast, the largest memorial to a Native American woman, and a recording studio that has hosted the likes of Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding, these towns are a community of friendly and creative people with a warm sense of Southern hospitality. See the good that lives in this community, as we take you through the Shoals in Alabama. more

  • The Gift Within

    The Gift Within

    The beauty of the holidays is the reality of the holidays. The gift you give from the outside will never ever have the lasting power of the gift you give from the inside... more

  • Family-Favorite Recipes for the Holidays

    Family-Favorite Recipes for the Holidays

    The holiday season is a celebration of tradition. Of all the traditions of the season, the food we share with family and friends has a special way of evoking the warmth of relationships and nostalgia of holidays past. Our readers have submitted some of their families' favorite holiday recipes along with some special memories those recipes hold. We hope you enjoy these holiday sweets, treats, and dishes, and perhaps you'll even start a new holiday tradition of your own. more

  • Magic on the Trail

    Magic on the Trail

    Having relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, Chris Spencer found himself with an opportunity to embark on a life changing adventure—to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail. From beginning to end, Chris trekked the 2,200-mile trail toward his goal, from Alabama to Maine. Read more about the people he met along the way, the obstacles he overcame, and the experience of a lifetime. more

  • Good Dog of the Month—Powder

    Good Dog of the Month—Powder

    Our readers once again shared their wonderful Good Dog stories, and we are proud to present our newest Good Dog of the Month, Powder. Powder has been a loving and important companion for his family, and we’re pleased to share his story. more

  • More than a Garden

    More than a Garden

    Growing up in New Albany, Miss., in the 1960s, Larry Dykes and several of his friends made a pact to one day return to their hometown and do what they could to help people there who were struggling. Having formed the New Albany Neighborhood Assosciation, Larry and his friends established a community garden. The garden is maintained by volunteers and provides free vegetables for anyone in need, and Larry is determined to let “the giving spread like wildfire.” more

  • Remembering 9.11: Honoring the People Who Serve

    Remembering 9.11: Honoring the People Who Serve

    Sunel Merchant, a former computer consultant, found himself on the 49th floor of One World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Surviving the tragedy, Sunel later left New York and opened a restaurant in Auburn, Alabama. Thankful for each day and forever impacted by the bravery of the first responders, his real life superheroes, Sunel found a special way to honor all first responders each year on the anniversary of 9/11. Read about Sunel's life-changing story and his way of recognizing those who so greatly serve our society. more

  • Good Towns: Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Good Towns: Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Welcome to Hot Springs, Arkansas—home of historic thermal spring bathhouses and the birthplace of spring baseball. A favorite holiday site for a range of personalites from Al Capone to President Bill Clinton. A town that is home to great food and inspiring people, and the first town in our new series, Good Towns. See the good that lives in this community, as we take you through our weekend in Hot Springs. more

  • Never, Ever Making Excuses

    Never, Ever Making Excuses

    Zach Woolley of Birmingham, Ala., has cerebral palsy severe enough that it could have long ago broken his spirit, but instead it has done the opposite. He has refused to let his physical challenges interfere with his dreams and ambitions, and he plans to graduate from college in December. Read more about Zach’s personal determination to reach his goals and his desire to help others to do the same. more

  • Building Bridges, Building Relationships

    Building Bridges, Building Relationships

    Part of Bridges Outreach, Project 30 is a youth mentoring program in Kokomo, Indiana, that’s all about building positive relationships. Read how volunteer Sean VerLee worked to build a relationship with young Rajon, proving the power of a personal connection and the impact of having a mentor who believes in you. more

  • For Love of Family

    For Love of Family

    When Ildefonso Ramirez left Cuba with his wife, Lucia, and 12-year-old son, Bill, with nothing but the clothes they wore, he was determined to create a better life for his family. His love of Cuban food and his desire to feed the people led him to open Kool Korner in Atlanta, Georgia, nearly 30 years ago. Now, at age 90, Ildefonso is still serving up Cuban dishes and plenty of Cuban flair at Kool Korner's new location in Birmingham, Alabama. Read on to see this patriarch's awe-inspiring work ethic and his family's unending gratitude and support. more

  • In Celebration of Good Fathers

    In Celebration of Good Fathers

    We celebrate the good men who love being fathers; the good men who love making pancakes on Saturdays, who love running down a sidewalk behind a wobbling bike without training wheels; the ones who... more

  • Father's Day Favorites

    Father's Day Favorites

    In honor of Father's Day, we asked our readers to share some of their favorite recipes from their fathers, and we asked fathers to share their favorite recipes as well. Family, good food, and fun go hand-in-hand, and we hope these delicious dishes inspire your own Father's Day celebration. more

  • A Team Effort that's Changing Lives

    A Team Effort that's Changing Lives

    In a part of the world where basic education costs money and many desperately poor parents can hardly afford to pay, a Ugandan and American couple found they shared a dream to empower Ugandan children through education. They came up with an inspired plan that is teaching children to play soccer and earn scholarships to attend school and help break an age-old cycle of poverty, one child at a time. more

  • Good Dog of the Month - Rosie

    Good Dog of the Month - Rosie

    We received so many great Good Dog submissions from our readers! Some that made us laugh, some that made us cry, and all of them helped us to see the good all around. This month, we have chosen 7-year-old Australian Shepherd, Rosie, as our Good Dog of the Month. Born deaf, Rosie, with the help of her owner Leigh Warren, has learned sign language and now applies her love for people to help children, veterans, and retired citizens. more

  • Living the Dream

    Living the Dream

    Tony Hill, a single father of two sons, recently made his dream come true: he purchased his first home for his family. With the help of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, several Regions associates, local businesses, friends, and other volunteers, Tony was able to realize his dream for his family’s future. more

  • A Healthful Harvest

    A Healthful Harvest

    In celebration of National Nutrition Month, fresh, delicious organic vegetables that are locally grown and delivered to you right off the farmer's truck are highlights of the recent "Eat Right, Your Way" veggie-box program at Regions in Birmingham. Read this intriguing story about a local, family farm and get some great fresh veggie recipes that are sure to bring friends and family together to enjoy these healthy, delicious foods. more

  • The Inaugural Poet

    The Inaugural Poet

    After fleeing communist Cuba in 1968, one family's years of hard work, sacrifice, and dreams for their children recently culminated in a very unexpected call from the White House. In January, Richard Blanco became the youngest and first Hispanic chosen to be the inaugural poet. Read this inspiring story of a mother's dream fulfilled and Richard's poem underscoring our common humanity. more

  • Good Dogs

    Good Dogs

    We want to hear about your good dog! After all, your dog is the best dog ever, right? The funniest dog? The cutest dog? The smartest dog? The weirdest dog? The most courageous dog? So tell us your dog's tale, and send your favorite photo. We'll post it on our gallery, and once a month, we'll showcase the Good Dog of the Month. more

  • Real Life Superheroes

    Real Life Superheroes

    Thousands of superheroes in their finest array had gathered for a great cause. They had come for the Regions Superhero 5k to help support The Bell Center, which provides early intervention services for children with developmental delays. This is the remarkable story of two of the superheroes, Superman, aka Will McCalley, and his wife Anna Ruth, who were there running for their 2 year-old-daughter, Frances, who has Down syndrome. more

  • A Gift of Warmth

    A Gift of Warmth

    As a volunteer providing hot meals to people in need at a local church and through her friend and fellow volunteer Lacy Wallace, Janette Burgin came face to face with the fact that many children in homeless families in her community do not have a bed to sleep in each night. Because of her compassion, her desire to do something more to help, and her inspiration of her business colleagues and friends, over 300 sleeping bags were purchased and given to homeless children in her community. more

  • Digital Volunteers

    Digital Volunteers

    When the national organization of the Red Cross announced the creation of the Disaster Digital Volunteer program, it was the perfect opportunity for Jennifer Ryan to continue to serve a mission she cared so deeply about. Now, she provides answers for people needing emergency help and directions for getting relief for disaster victims. Read more about how Jennifer found a way to follow her passion for helping people in a crisis, while putting social media to work for a higher purpose. more

  • A Second Chance

    A Second Chance

    After three years of incarceration, Debra Williams was granted parole. But she had nowhere to go. Aid to Inmate Mothers, or AIM, a nonprofit agency dedicated to women like Debra, came to her rescue and invited her to come and live at their center. She now has a home, a job, a new life, and a new beginning with the help and support of AIM. Read more of Debra's story and watch her inspirational film about second chances. more

  • Perfect Pasta

    Perfect Pasta

    Ciao! See the Good readers are serving up their Perfect Pasta recipes -- great for any occasion. From light pasta dishes to hearty ones with chicken, vegetables, and salivating sauces. These pasta dishes are sure to delight the young and young-at-heart. Add a tossed salad, light some candles, and perfecto -- it's Italian night. more

  • A Reason for Running

    A Reason for Running

    Read about five Regions associates' stories and their passion for running. They all have their reasons. Each varied. And each with a unique story. Like Amanda Vandegrift. Amanda began to run as a way to relieve stress and then created an annual running event to honor her mother who died from colon cancer. Like Ben Calvert. Ben was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and runs to battle his disease. He has learned that "it's not always about how far you go but how hard you try." more

  • Campaign for Good News Part 2

    Campaign for Good News Part 2

    This summer, Chris Greig embarked on a "Campaign for Good News" journey as a way to remind people of all the good things going on in the world. He rode his bike from Alaska to Florida, stopping daily to film people who were doing good things in their communities. At every turn, he was pleasantly surprised by the goodwill he encountered. more

  • Passion for a Park

    Passion for a Park

    A stretch of nearly 40 acres of pristine wooded property would be the center of attention for nearly nine years in Deltona, Florida. With the passionate commitment of resident, Sandy Walters, she organized a group called Friends of Thornby Park and spearheaded the development of the land into a park that includes a playground for children with and without disabilities. more

  • Sit. Stay. Heal.

    Sit. Stay. Heal.

    When Earle is wearing his harness and vest, he knows that it's time to go to work. Earle, a golden retriever/lab mix, is a service dog in training with PAALS. On the weekends, it's family time where he is loved and respected by his volunteer foster family, the Rhodebecks. more

  • The Big Assist

    The Big Assist

    Athletic director, Ken Huffman with the Boys and Girls Clubs saw raw talent in 13-year-old Jasmine Jenkins as she played basketball at the club. She had skills that can't be taught. With Ken's dedication, coaching and mentoring, Jasmine hit ESPN's top ranking of players in the class of 2012. Suddenly she was getting calls from college basketball recruiters all over the country. more

  • Clowns On Call

    Clowns On Call

    A former chief of police, Mike Coppage finds his calling now as a part-time clown. Known as "Beanie the Clown," he is one of 30 clowns who make regular appearances at Children's of Alabama bringing much needed laughter to children and their families confronting illnesses and injuries. more

  • The World According to Gip

    The World According to Gip

    Since 1952, Henry "Gip" Gipson has been seen out on his porch giving impromptu guitar lessons to anyone who asked. These days, friends come by to play with Gip along with big-name musicians who seize the rare chance to play at what's grown over the years into a bona-fide juke joint known as Gip's Place. Gip sees the music as a form of love itself, bringing people together and spreading a little joy. more

  • Flowers from the Heart

    Flowers from the Heart

    On Sunday afternoons, the studio behind Jennifer Slaughter's home resembles Santa's workshop. Only instead of toys, there are buckets and buckets filled with vibrant flowers. This is where several hundred stems are donated each week for Jennifer to repurpose into beautiful new flower arrangements. When she is done, they will all be delivered to terminally ill patients in hospice care. more

  • The Power of Positive Breathing

    The Power of Positive Breathing

    Enthusiastic Yoga instructor, Jennifer Berman, is dedicated to bringing yoga's power to everybody. Recently she started a company that gives professionals a chance to take a break in their workplace, exercise and relieve stress through the hectic workday. Learn how she teaches others to strike a yoga pose and balance in their life. more

  • The Comeback Kicker

    The Comeback Kicker

    Alan Moore must have made for an unusual sight, alone on a football field of a local school. Here he was a retired man kicking ball after ball down the field, aspiring for a college football career and a return to the game after a 40-year hiatus. more

  • The Chef Farmer

    The Chef Farmer

    Executive Chef Tyler Brown is on a crusade to encourage people to take a longer view of food as more than a commodity. To him, food is a story. It's about gardens, farms, and the people who tend them. He tends both a kitchen and a farm in his quest to grow organic produce for the restaurant and to engage the community in the process. more