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People Taking Action: Newport News nurse takes action for the homeless

Posted at 6:49 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 18:49:24-05

Newport News, Va. - She is a local nurse, who after caring for her patients, doesn’t stop there. She’s out in the community taking action for the homeless as well.

We went and surprised her at her office in Newport News.

Kim Liebold works as a nurse practitioner with Riverside Medical Group. With the help of a co-worker, we snuck in and surprised her in a conference room, she joked, “What did I do? Did I get fired?” She asked with a laugh.

I told Kim, her co-worker, that Shelly Vieth had nominated her through an email and Shelly read a portion of it for us.

“This woman gives every day her full heart to everyone!”

The email told of how Kim takes action as one of the youth directors at her church in Smithfield. She also organizes efforts to do community service at the Peninsula Rescue Mission helping the homeless.

So for all of those reasons, we presented Kim with a People Taking Action award along with a $300 Visa gift card from out community partner Southern Bank. Kim says this was a total surprise.

“No, I had no idea, I never know what Shelly is up to. Bless her heart.” Shelly tells us, “This is what everyone wanted to do for such a long time. This is long overdue.”

Her co-workers point out that Kim has a heart of gold thinking of others as she has dealt with her own loss. She has been dealing with the death of her son Hunter, who died four and a half years ago.

I asked her if taking action helps her deal with this loss?

“It helps in a lot of ways, because a lot of times when you have a loss, you just don't know what to do with yourself physically, mentally, spiritually.”

Hunter was 20-years-old when he died from complications after a two year battle with pain medications following a sports injury.

Kim says dealing with the loss by taking action has taught her something she calls the Hunter Effect.

“It's all about finding the positive. There's good in everything. You just have to look for it a little bit more."