kindness

This Would-Be Bride Hosts A $35K Wedding Reception For Homeless

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What does a woman do when her fiancé calls off their wedding the day before their nuptials? She invites the homeless to a paid-for $35k reception, of course. When 27-year-old Quinn Duane called her mom to tell her the news, that her fiancé had changed his mind and didn’t want to get married, Quinn’s family leaped into action. Non-refundable deposits had been put down on everything from food to flowers, and the freshly single woman decided to host the party…

Thanks For Being Like A Dad

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Anthony Nolan, a police officer in New London, Connecticut, regularly reads books to children in the area. But recently he was injured on the job and took some time out for recovery. And one of those kids that he reads to had something to say about it: “My mom says [you're] hurt. I’m sad because you can’t read to me. I don’t have a dad — only you read to me,” the boy explained. “Thanks [for] being like a dad…

Words From The Window Seat

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We all need a little pick-me-up-now and then. And where better to receive this than after schlepping luggage through an airport, rushing to our gate, waiting with herds of people, then finally making it onto our flight? Taylor Tippett, a flight attendant, decided to start spreading kindness, one note at a time. She now leaves “pick me up” notes for passengers lucky enough to snag a window seat on one of her flights. Some of the notes read: “Be the…

A Smile Through Darkness

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Michael Maroney, a Master Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force, rescued over 140 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One of those people he saved was a 3-year-old girl named LeShay Brown. An airman caught a picture of the pair after the rescue–the young girl’s smile as she hugged her rescuer taking center stage. “When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders,” Maroney later told ABC News. “Everything in…

Killing Unkindness With Kindness

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Dianne Hoffmeyer had been up all night with her 2-year-old toddler who was teething. And after a sleepless night and early morning doctor appointment, she and her daughter trekked to Tim Horton’s in Fort Gratiot, Michigan. While she ordered doughnut holes for her daughter and much needed coffee for herself, she overheard two women behind her making snide comments about her. At one point they even called her a “whale.” What the mean girls didn’t know–and ultimately matters little as…

A Home For A Night

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A mother and her baby showed up at the police station in Hyattsville, Maryland, survivors of alleged domestic abuse. They arrived hungry and homeless. Cpl. Che’ Atkinson called a distant relative of the woman’s to come get her and her baby, but when he arrived back at the station the next morning, the woman and her baby were still there. So the kind officer found a car seat for the baby, then loaded the mother and her baby in his…

Trading Tales For Trims

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What do you get when you have a kind barber who wants to encourage children to read? You get Iowa barber Courtney Holmes at a community back to school bash where kids get free haircuts in exchange for reading aloud to the barber during the cut. “I just want to support kids reading,” Holmes told a reporter. A grade-level reading coordinator, Caitlin Daniels, was also on hand to help those who struggled to tell the tales. “It’s great,” she said. “All…

Children Aren’t Coloring Books

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A little ballerina, a mere 12-years old, in Bucharest, poses in her pink tutu in the urban streets amidst pigeons and other urban jungle interruptions. She’s been dancing for five years, works hard and is dedicated to the art of dance, and today, she has a belly ache. But, because the show must go on, she uses inner determination to push on. A Romanian photographer, Mihai-Cristian Andrei, captured the beautiful moment as part of a project he calls “Urban Swan.” “She…

Random Acts of Enchantment

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Marla Must, a photographer in Birmingham, Mich., started a fun project that she dubbed Ms. Must’s Random Acts of Enchantment. Being a family photographer, she’s heard many children speak negatively about themselves and she wanted to do something to replace that self-harming script. First she provided a group of girls a free photo shoot that kept in focus inclusion and kindness. Then she asked those girls to pay it forward with acts of Good—sit with a lonely kid at lunch,…

Planes & Trains To Paris

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What happens when three men bravely stop a potential massacre on a train to Paris? They are told they will receive the Legion d’honneur, France’s highest honor. Then what happens when you have three moms who want to see their courageous sons receive the honor but can’t get from America to Paris in time? Enter pilot Doug Perrill who went to his boss, Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, and asked if he would be willing to let the moms use Tim’s…

Good Words, Good Deeds

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We talk a lot about how acts of Good are important, but sometimes it’s a few simple words that are a Good deed. Like when a female writer in Egypt expressed on Twitter to her inspiration, J.K. Rowling, that as a woman, she doesn’t have the same freedoms that men have and that people laughed at her when she told them she was a writer. Ms. Rowling’s response? “Don’t you dare let their laughter extinguish your ambition. Turn it into fuel! Big hugs from…

Doodle Does Good

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It all started with a doodle. Two firemen, exhausted from a 12-hour shift spent cleaning out a fire, went to a diner at 6am for strong coffee to keep them staggering on. And when the waitress overhead the men talking, instead of handing them a bill, she handed them a note–complete with firefighting doodles–thanking them for their service and letting them know their orders were on her. Later, after sending their buddies into the diner and telling them to leave big…

Around the World in 1500 Photos

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When John and Nikki Copleston visited a medieval castle in Wells, England, they discovered a camera memory card wrapped inside of a discarded ticket stub. In an attempt to locate the rightful owner of the memory card and to help return the lost photos, they viewed what was on the card and discovered that there were 1500 travel photos from a couple’s trip around the world. Their search for the globe-trotting couple came up short so finally they turned to stuff.co.nz to post…

Feeding Firefighters

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Firefighter Ryan Klavohn and a fellow firefighter were shopping for groceries in Bolingbrook, Illinois, when they abruptly had to leave their cart because they received an ambulance call. Ryan and his buddy transported a patient then returned to the store for their groceries. The men were near the cash register when another ambulance call came in and, again, they had to leave their full cart. When they finally returned, they found a pleasant surprise waiting for them. “It’s not uncommon that we have…

A Kind Sheriff, A Great Kid, & A Glass Of Lemonade

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Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Ropos in Lake County, Ohio, recently stopped by a lemonade stand run by a 9-year-old girl. She went over to him with lemonade and he gave her a few dollars then inquired what the proceeds would go toward. She shared that she wanted an iPad to play games and do school work on. The next day the deputy arrived back at the lemonade stand, this time with a brand new iPad. He asked the girl how much money…

The Wonderful West Side Cafe

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Debra and Shaun had previously visited the West Side Café with their infant daughter, Glory, who was one of their four children. But this time when they visited, they came without Glory. Kayla Lane, the 21 year-old who has worked at the West Side Café for four years, was surprised and saddened to learn that little Glory had passed away—reasons unknown. So when it came time for Debra and Shaun to pay for their meal, they glanced at the check that…