What began as a drama club for teenaged girls in the 1930s evolved into a friendship club called the Double Dozen. Today, the group is more commonly known as the DD Club, and it has expanded by leaps and bounds to include young women from five area high schools.

Eight years ago, Connie Thompson heard about a man in Heflin who was in need of a kidney. None of his family members was a match, and a plea went out for potential donors. Connie agreed to be tested. When she learned she was a match, she decided to donate one of her kidneys.