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Five Annapolis Stories That Made Us Smile in 2012

As we begin the countdown to 2013, here are five stories from Annapolis Patch that are sure to make you smile.

No. 1—

About a dozen Annapolis police officers spent a Saturday in October serving fries and refilling drinks at Red Robin for Tip-A-Cop—an annual Special Olympics fundraiser. About 244 tables opened their pockets and the Annapolis officers raised more than $4,000, according to the police department.

No. 2—

Donna and Emerson Davis raised a puppy named Eaton to be a service dog for the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) organization. Donna Emerson even took Eaton to work with her at St. Anne's School. Eaton learned how to be more than a seeing eye dog. His training included learning to help those with disabilities perform everyday tasks.

No. 3—Navy Athletics Photo Goes Viral on Facebook

A photo posted to Facebook of the U.S. Naval Academy's men's lacrosse team saluting a bus of World War II veterans went viral in October. The photo was snapped as the lacrosse team returned from playing Notre Dame by way of Baltimore Washington International Airport. While at the airport, the team ran into 67 World War II veterans. The team stopped to shake hands with the veterans, thank them for their service and salute as their buses passed by.

No. 4—PHOTOS: 300 Prom Dresses Help Make Dreams Come True

A special event hosted by Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) provided more than 300 free dresses to local students. “There was a student here who lost her father, and she said she couldn’t go to prom, but because of us she’ll be able to go,” said Kimberly Herrera, coordinator for the Student Life Office at AACC. “Hearing those kinds of stories is why we do what we do.”

No. 5—Annapoliton Sows Hope for Returning Soliders

Miryana Navarro-Monzo created The Welcome Home Garden, which distributes free seeds packets to troops returning from war, with longtime friend George Ball—chairman and CEO of Burpee.

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