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Hero of the Week: Candi Carter


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, we turn the spotlight on New Jersey mom Candi Carter.

Candi’s son Emerson has developmental differences. And, she noticed that while other teenagers were meeting up with friends and having get togethers, her son was being left out. So, Candi decided to create a space for kids with special needs called We’ve Got Friends.

She organized a gathering with moms who also had teenagers like Emerson. She would buy a few pizzas, turn some music on, and the kids would hang out like other kids do. At first, it was just three or four kids, but today, that group has grown into four groups of over 60 kids. And now, Candi Carter is looking to take this program nationwide.

Kix’s Response:

Man, isn’t that a tremendous gift for these kids?! Every child should get to experience having friends and having a safe place to express themselves…

So, Candi Carter, you are our ACC Hero of the Week!

For more on this story, check out the video below, as well as this article featured in Good Housekeeping.




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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