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Hero of the Week: Michelle Girard


Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.


This week’s hero story is an emotional one…

Chris Barrington, a 30-year-old man with special needs, was found walking along a highway in Waco, Texas. When the police found him, they learned his father was sick with stage four cancer. Chris had no one to care for him and just wandered out the door.

When the police asked him where he lived, the only name that he could recall was Mrs. Girard, who happened to be his middle school teacher. She taught him for four years, but she hadn’t seen him in a very long time. The police reached out to her and told her Chris’ story. They told her that he would wind up in an institution, and she felt compelled to take him in.

Chris’ father eventually passed on August 1st, and Mrs. Girard is applying for legal guardianship. She’s learned that Chris never had a birthday party or birthday present and had never celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving. She and her family plan to give him all of that.

Suzanne Alexander’s Response:

What an amazing story of love! And, clearly, she made an impression on him for him to recall her name after almost 20 years. He was right – she sounds like an amazing woman!

Michelle Girard, for opening your home to Chris, you are this week’s hero!



Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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