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Arkansas doctors to perform 26 surgeries for free

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Next weekend, a small group of doctors will perform a marathon day of surgery at a Little Rock hospital, replacing hips and knees for more than two dozen patients who have no insurance and can't afford the procedures. 

Everything and everyone involved in the process - from the surgeons and nurses to the artificial joints - comes free of cost to the patients, many of whom have been suffering from debilitating pain for decades. 

The free surgeries are made possible by Operation Walk USA, an organization that formed in 2011 after the success of Operation Walk, which provided free surgeries internationally. Operation Walk USA has provided nearly 300 patients in the United States with joint replacements during special events in 2011 and 2012. 

Actor/Writer/Director McCullough Featured on Tales From the South

Actor/Writer/Director McCullough Featured on Tales From the South

Tuesday, December 3, enjoy a fantastic dinner and be part of the live audience for Internationally-syndicated radio show “Tales from the South,” where Southerners bring their own true stories to life.

This Tin Roof Project Show features actor/writer/producer Warren McCullough. The cost is $7.50 admission plus dinner. Dinner begins at 5 p.m.;live music at 6 p.m., and taping begins at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended. For details, call 501-372-7976 or visit www.TalesFromTheSouth.com for tickets.

Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give gift of life

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 2, 2013) - The holiday season is here, and with it comes the exchange of gifts among family and friends. For many hospital patients, one gift on their wish list can't be found at stores: a blood donation.

Blood donations could be the gift of life to people like Lauren McCrary, who was immediately hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She received more than 140 blood and platelet transfusions. Now in remission, she serves as the blood drive coordinator at the high school where she works.

"I can never repay the donors who helped save my life, but I can remind others that giving blood is truly the gift that means something," Lauren said. "The blood I received has helped me celebrate more holiday seasons with my family."

Section of AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed at Clinton Center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - World Aids Day was observed globally Sunday, as well as by those here in the capitol city.

The Clinton Center commemorated the event by displaying the single largest traveling section of the AIDs Memorial Quilt. The colorful panels were all sewn by friends and family members of aids victims.

After sunset, the group continued the observance with a candlelit vigil for all those who died from the disease. A volunteer at the event said the goal is to raise awareness of the disease.

"You get assistance through the age education and training center. It's all something that people need to know about. And so World Aids Day and these events hopefully will bring attention to that," said Bob Coffey.

Special additions to the quilt this year were Arkansas-related panels.

When the sun set, the center also hosted the candlelight ceremony and a discussion about the importance of HIV and AIDS awareness.

First United Methodist holds annual Hanging of the Green service

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Local churches were definitely getting into the Christmas spirit Sunday.

First United Methodist in North Little Rock held their annual Hanging of the Green service. The service involves a medley of music presented by the choir and orchestra and marks the official decorating of the church for Christmas.

Music minister Kurt Kennedy said church members consider this holiday service to be the official start of the season.

"It's all about getting everyone in the Christmas spirit. You know? This is the service where everyone says 'Now I'm ready for Christmas because I've been to Hanging of the Green,'" he explained.

In addition, the church tried something new this year. They moved the service to the morning instead of its traditional time in the evening.

High School Playoffs: November 29, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - The Cabot Panthers defeated the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats to advance to the 7A State Championship. THV 11's Mark Edwards gives a rundown of the playoff action around the state.