kindness

Lovely Inside & Out

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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…

Flowers For All

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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…

From Barefoot To Brand New

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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…

Grandpa Goes To Prom

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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…

Bundled Up & Brave

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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…

Conveyor Belt Kindness

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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….

A Cup Of Custard & The Kindness Of A Stranger

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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…

Captain America and Star-Lord: Real Life Superheroes

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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,…

A Wonderful Girl & A Wish Come True

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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…

Delivering Kindness

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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….

Army Veteran Gives Goodness

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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…

Little Surprises Everywhere

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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…

The Ties That Bind Us  

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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…

A Tire & A Terrific Act Of Good

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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…

A Penny, A Daisy, & Two Kind Strangers

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Bud Caldwell spent almost 56 years with his wife, Betty, and even today, 2 years after her passing, he continues to honor her. Every day, rain or shine, he drives to the Lakeside Park to visit the bench he bought and dedicated to her after her passing. And every day he talks to her then leaves a penny and a daisy—homage to their favorite songs: “Pennies from Heaven” and “Daisy a Day.” But a few weeks ago, Bud wasn’t able…

If You Are Cold, I’m Yours

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Colorful scarves popped up everywhere on Peter Street in Orillia, Ontario, tied around trees and lampposts. A placard near the scarves read, “I’m not lost. If you are cold, I’m yours. I was put here for you to take!” Days later, the scarves were all gone, only to quickly be replaced with more, this time on Mississaga Street. The placard was a little different this time, but just as heartwarming: “Need a scarf…take a scarf! We have not been left…

This Woman Lived an Amazing Life, and Her Family and Friends are Paying Tribute to Her in an Amazing Way. Check it out and see for yourself!

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Clare Cruikshank died of cystic fibrosis when she was just 27 years old, but she left quite a legacy behind with her family and friends – especially her friend Anders Gibson. Anders, who also has cystic fibrosis, and Clare talked every day but were unable to meet because of strict cross-infection rules. Still, Anders and Clare made plans to take a trip to Disney World once they had new lungs. Unfortunately, that trip never happened; Clare passed away last year…

This Coffee Shop Owner Just Got the Best Tip Ever!

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Isaiah Crandall, the owner of Luxe Coffee Shop, has been struggling ever since his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. If that’s not enough, he’s often had to close the shop because of his wife’s treatment. That’s when Kevin Finch stepped in. Kevin, the creator of “Big Table” – an organization that aims to help people in the service industry, heard about Isaiah from a friend and knew he had to do something to help. One day, Kevin…