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Ruth Phaviset cares for her fellow humans. She has spent a lot of her life helping her family, taking care of her mother (before her mother passed away in 2012), and, as a certified nurse assistant, she’s cared for many patients. Ruth is all of 18 years old.
In her own words, Ruth admits, “I can never go a day without taking care of somebody.”
Ruth, in all her acts of selflessness, never really had a typical high school experience. For that reason, she was very much looking forward to her senior prom. But given the high cost of attending prom—dress, makeup, etc.—Ruth couldn’t afford it.
Then the tables turned. “Pearls for Girls,” an organization aimed at providing young women all they would need for prom, helped Ruth and more than 30 other girls by providing free dresses, shoes, accessories, and gift cards, all donated by local residents and businesses.
After all of Ruth’s giving, she got something back that went well beyond just a dress. She received the gift of an experience.
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Want a flower? Maybe try giving some away instead…
On New York’s 6 train that runs between the Bronx and the Brooklyn Bridge, a gentleman approached a woman selling flowers. He handed her $140 for all of her flowers—dozens of colorful roses—and said to her “You’ve got to do me a favor. You’ve got to give them out… give them out to everybody. Don’t sell any of them. Give them all away.”
The flower seller, immensely moved by the man’s generosity, tearfully told people, “Anybody who wants a rose, you can come and get one.”
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29 year-old Oscar Aquino, manager of a Metro PCS store, noticed a homeless man sitting outside eating crackers and drinking a soda. Then Oscar spotted the man’s dirty, cut-up feet, so he went outside and asked what the man’s shoe size was.
Without any hesitation, Oscar took off his own brand new shoes and handed them to the man. He then returned to the store and went back to work (barefoot?).
Unbeknownst to Oscar, the Act of Good was caught on camera by Carla Rose who witnessed the incident and posted it on Facebook, where it quickly went viral.
As Oscar later told his fiancée, Keysi Ramos, “Anyone can end up like that one day. I’m blessed that I can buy myself another pair.”Read More
Ashley Jorin, owner of P.B. Jams in Oklahoma, noticed that someone had been diving through the dumpster outside of her restaurant, rummaging through the food containers.
“I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand and if I can be that one person to extend that hand to another human being then I will definitely do it,” Ashley said.
Taking action, Ashley hung a sign that read: “To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster. Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. —your friend, the owner.”
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80 year-old James Drain never went to prom. A Korean War veteran, he’d dropped out of school after eighth grade and wasn’t able to attend.
So when it came time for his granddaughter, Joy Webb (great name!), to find a date for her prom, she asked her grandfather to escort her.
James, for the first time ever, wore a tuxedo and, in a fun twist, rode around town with his granddaughter—dressed in her beautiful blue gown—in a horse-drawn carriage. To no one’s surprise, they were the first ones on the dance floor.
A thoughtful, kind gift of a memorable moment for each of them.
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Unlike his peers, Joseph Kimsey doesn’t grow his hair long to look cool, but rather so he can donate it to kids who are battling cancer. “They need it more than me,” he said. “I’m sure it’s tough for them, when they are out in public.”
Joseph has had to deal with a lot to keep his hair long, including getting up early in the morning to shower before school and having people at school mistake him for a girl. But it was all worth it when he reached his goal.
When he finally cut his hair, Joseph donated it to Locks of Love. This is the second time Joseph has donated his hair for the cause; the first was when he was just nine years old. Now, it’s something Joseph would like to keep doing for as long as he can.
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When baby Juliana Salvi’s parents first brought her home, they fed her milk, just as most parents would do. But unbeknownst to her parents, Juliana actually had galactosemia – a severe allergy to milk. Pretty soon it became clear that something wasn’t right.
As a blizzard raged outside, lab technicians with the New England Newborn Screening Program decided to trek through the storm to get a sample of baby Juliana’s blood for testing.
As soon as Juliana’s parents got a call from the lab informing them that their baby had tested positive for the rare allergy, they rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Juliana, who is now 8 weeks old, is doing just fine, thanks in no small part to the lab technicians who bundled up and braved the storm to help her.
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Lisa Gallagher of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, set her groceries on the conveyor belt at a local grocery store then opened her purse to retrieve her debit card. By the time the cashier finished ringing up her items, Lisa had grown frantic. The checkout line was long, and Lisa still hadn’t found her debit card.
As per the cashier’s guidance, Lisa decided to step aside till she found her card, and the cashier would complete the transaction when Lisa was ready.
When Lisa found her card and returned to the cashier, she was told that the woman in line behind her had paid for her groceries. A very surprised Lisa thanked the woman and asked if she could pay for the woman’s groceries in return. The woman politely refused.
As Lisa later said: “I would like to thank her from the bottom of my heart for her kindness. Her generosity made my day! My plan is to pay it forward.”
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A little boy nervously approached the counter of an eatery in Katy, Texas, ready to order a mini mint oreo custard. The little boy handed Travis Sattler, the cashier, all the money he had. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. He was two whole dollars short.
But Travis wasn’t about to let the boy go without his dessert. “It’s on me,” he said, pulling out his own credit card.
“He had the biggest eyes,” Travis remembers, “the widest smile.”
A mere half hour later, the little boy came back over to Travis and handed him a note right before he and his mom left the establishment.
The note read, “Thank you for being so nice and paying for my custard. We need more people like you.”
But that wasn’t all. Wrapped up inside the note was a $100 bill, which Travis intends to set aside for nursing school.
“I like to think that I made a good impact on their day, and I kind of brightened it up, just like they did mine,” Travis said.
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An Anonymous Good tribe member shared this so we figured we’d pass it along. We’re all for the science of happiness and these 5 science-based practices to boost our happiness made us, well, happy (to be “meta” about it).
Chris Pratt, a Seattle Seahawks fan, had a bet going with Chris Evans, a fan of the New England Patriots, over which team would win the Super Bowl. The loser would visit a children’s hospital in the winning team’s city.
Pratt held up his end by visiting Christopher’s Haven in Boston dressed in his Star-Lord costume from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Then the stars decided to head to another hospital, this time in Washington State. Evans, dressed as Captain America, visited Seattle Children’s Hospital along with Pratt where the stars posed for photos with the young patients and even brought along a few gifts.
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10-year-old Christopher Warner was recently overwhelmed with joy. The young boy, who happens to have Down Syndrome, is a major fan of Maroon 5 and, specifically, lead singer Adam Levine.
One of Christopher’s teachers uploaded a video of Christopher talking about his love for Maroon 5 to YouTube and the video went viral. A local radio station found out about it and was able to get their hands on tickets to Maroon 5’s show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., just for Christopher.
In addition to the show tickets, the young fan was also taken backstage to meet the band. He got so overwhelmingly excited that he hid behind his mom and crouched down on the floor.
In an act of spontaneous compassion, Adam Levine suggested that everyone lie down on the floor along with the boy.
The picture of this incredible act can be seen here.
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Four year-old Jalene Salinas loves Taylor Swift. And as a young girl bravely battling brain cancer, she stated that her wish was to dance with Taylor to “Shake It Off.”
When #ShakeItOffJalene started trending on Twitter, the signer took notice and had a 20 minute conversation with Jalene and Jalene’s mom over FaceTime.
Though obviously in pain, nothing could mask the joy on Jalene’s lovely face when she saw Taylor Swift on the screen.
“I’m so sorry you’re having a bad night, I’m so happy to talk to you though and I’m so happy you like ‘Shake it Off,’” Taylor told the little girl.
A wish come true for a wonderful little girl.
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Thomas Person has been a pizza delivery driver at his local Domino’s for the past five years, but now he’s got a new title to add to his resume: life-saver.
It was a rainy night just before midnight, and most of the streets were empty in Charleston. Thomas was driving along his route to deliver some pizzas when he noticed something in the road—a 69-year-old man lying on the ground.
“I parked my car in a way to block traffic. At that point, I noticed he’d probably fallen over. He had an umbrella that was inverted; I thought the wind may have caught him and pulled him over,” Thomas said.
He went over to the man who wasn’t bleeding and was consciously communicating, covered him to make sure he wouldn’t feel cold, and then called 911. Together they waited for the paramedics who arrived on-scene, checked the man over, then took him home
“I’m just really proud of him. I feel like a proud mom,” said Kerry Saunders, who owns the Domino’s where Person works. “You can’t teach somebody those things, that’s just his nature so we’re very proud of him today,” she said.
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A Good quote for a Friday, we think: “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” – Mae WestRead More
Lauren Super was on her way to work one morning, but first she had to drop her daughter off at daycare. The wintery conditions meant the roads were icy, and Lauren felt her minivan start to slide. Pretty soon, it slid off the road altogether.
“I was terrified as the vehicle careened down an embankment and came to a stop precariously in a yard full of trees. I was so grateful the van hadn’t overturned, but we were at such an angle that it was difficult for me to even push my car door open,” she said.
Her daughter was still strapped into her car seat on the passenger side and Lauren feared that if she moved to reach her daughter, the minivan would only slide further.
As Lauren searched for possible solutions, an older man driving a black pickup truck stopped at the side of the road and not only helped Lauren get out, but made sure she could get her daughter out without any problems. He even made sure both mother and daughter stayed warm in his own vehicle while Lauren called her husband, AAA, and her workplace.
The man who helped her, George, was an Army veteran who insisted it was no trouble at all, but Lauren knows there aren’t words for the reassurance his presence offered her.
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A woman in Leyland, Lancanshire, made it her mission to perform random acts of kindness in her community. She accomplishes this by leaving little envelopes around town, pinned to trees, in shops, taped to parking meters, etc. The envelopes contain a lottery scratch card, cash for parking, or money to pay for coffee. The woman insists on remaining anonymous – not even her husband knows about it!
Her goal was to simply, “Spread the joy. Pay it forward. Do something nice for someone today.”
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A young man rushed into a Target store in Raleigh just before his job interview at Chick-Fil-A. He was searching for a clip-on-tie but, alas, the store only carried regular ties and he didn’t know how to tie one.
Employee Dennis Roberts stopped what he was doing and showed the young man not only how to tie a proper tie, but also helped him practice his handshake and reviewed through interview questions.
“As the kid exited the store, a bunch of supportive Target team members cheered him on!” One shopper shared.
“Some might call it Southern manners,” Erin Powell of WCNC wrote. “Others would say it’s just plain humanity.”
No word yet on whether the interview was a success, but, given that this story has reached around the world, it certainly has a success all its own.
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In Holland, Ohio, Cortney Bennett was having a bad day: “I almost got fired on the first day of my new job because my car wasn’t starting; after work I decided to go to Tireman,” she explained. When the mechanic told Cortney the repairs needed would cost $100, she walked out of the shop with tears in her eyes, knowing she couldn’t afford it.
A police officer who had taken his department vehicle to the same shop for servicing, noted Cortney’s obvious distress and asked what was the matter and Cortney explained everything. Then something unexpected happened.
“He just dropped a hundred dollar bill in my lap, and he walked away before I could even see his name tag and say thank you,” Cortney said.
Cortney hopes to cross paths with him again one day, just to thank him and let him know how much his Act of Good meant to her.
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