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KINDNESS

The good and kind things ordinary people do far outweigh all the evil in the world. Here are some reminders.  Enjoy!

June 1, 2018. A woman had been returning home from Europe after a long day of travel when she learned her airline now charges extra for a carry-on bag – but she was out of cash and her banks weren’t accepting her credit cards due to her changing location. A stranger happened to overhear her troubles and paid for the extra fee.  It turned out he is a NFL player! (Story and photo from Delilah Cassidy and SunnySkyz.)

Delilah Cassidy and J Gresham

May 16, 2018.  A young man was picking his mom up from work downtown when he saw an elderly woman sitting in a wheelchair waiting for a bus. It was an unbearably hot day. He had an umbrella in his car, so he took it over to block the sun for her.  The bus didn’t show up for an hour and 45 minutes, but this young man stayed with her throughout and they became friends.  His mother says she’s seen this selfless side of her son before when he rescued his grandmother who was trapped during Hurricane Harvey.  He says there are ways we can help others every day and acts of kindness, big and small, are reminders that there’s still good in the world. (Story from KTRK-TV News.)

April 18, 2018. A man recently lost several family members including his mother and daughter. He inherited his childhood home from his mother, but the house was in need of several repairs. He didn’t have a way to pay for them and wound up living in a facility for homeless veterans.  He was finally able move back into his rightful home after over 70 Indianapolis volunteers helped repair and restore the house. (Story and photo from Fox59.)

Repaired House Fox59

March 9, 2018. A Scottish woman is being called a superhero after she made an 8-mile hike through a blizzard so she could operate on a patient with colon cancer. Her colleagues at the hospital were quite surprised when she finally arrived at the hospital dressed in a her winter gear with goggles and snow poles. (Story and photo from the BBC.)

Hero Nurse Hikes through Blizzard BBC

February 10, 2018. A Young couple in a parking in San Antonio, Texas lot noticed a man trying rob an older woman. They interrupted the attempt and sent the robber running.

Couple Helps Elderly Woman KABB San AntonioPhoto credit; KABB, San Antonio, TX.

November 11, 2017.  A volunteer firefighter from Long Island, New York, decided to bring an act of kindness to each town or city that the 58 victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting had come from, and to pass along bracelets carrying the victims’ names. He, his daughter, and a friend expect to visit some 20 cities or towns in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. His only request of those receiving these small acts of kindness is that they “pay it forward” with their own acts of kindness.  (Story and photo from St. George News and #Honor58.)

Honor58 St George News

October 5, 2017.  Students in Oregon have adopted a 5-year-old boy with cerebral palsy as part of the Sparrows Club program.  He endured six surgeries in just the first year of his life. Now, middle school and high school students will raise money to help pay for his medical costs, while also providing emotional support for the boy and his family. (Story and photo from KPTV)

Palsy Adoption KPTV

September 13, 2017. A newlywed couple who had just escaped hurricane Irma had car trouble in Tennessee.  A restaurant manager saw their situation, helped fix the car, got them seated at a restaurant and gave them $200 to help them out. (Story and photo credit: AJC.com)

September 12, 2017. Here’s a big thank you to all the people and businesses who have volunteered their time, services, and money for disaster relief across the USA and around the world. You are all wonderful. Keep it going! (Photo credit: WGNO.)

Harvey Credit WGNO

August 10, 2017. Members of the Cardinal Huskies football team were enjoying a canoe ride when they found an elderly couple, Pam and Hal, in trouble on the river.  The team members chose to stop and help the couple get to safety. “I would appreciate it if they are recognized for what they did,” wrote Pam. “We wanted you to know what fine boys you have on this team at your school and, if you have special awards for random acts of kindness, they and their coach certainly deserve it.” (Story by Ann Wishart, Geauga County Maple Leaf.)

Canoe Rescue Gaeauga County Maple LeafPhoto credit: Cardinal Huskies.

July 23, 2017.  A resident of Springfield, MA, who suffers from a degenerative brain disease, isn’t focusing on his troubles. He makes every day count, giving bicycles to deserving children.  He was recently joined by two local service organizations who provided extra bicycles and bike locks. (Story and photo credit: Sy Becker, 22News WWLP.com.)

Bob Bicycle Man WWLAPhoto Credit:  22News WWLP.com

June 13, 2017. The Giving USA Foundation reported that Americans gave $390 billion to charity in 2016.  Most of that, $282 billion, came from individuals rather than businesses or foundations.

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May 23, 2017:  When he saw all the young, scared, bleeding victims at the Manchester bombing, this homeless man rushed in to help.  Now others are helping himManchester bombing Homeless Man ITVPhoto credit:  GBITN – ITV

April 18, 2017:  When this marcher from one side fell ill, several protesters from the other side dropped what they were doing to help. One of them had the following to say about the incident: “We’re on polar opposite sides of the political fence.  … At the end of the day, he’s God’s child. He’s somebody’s daddy, somebody’s husband, somebody’s father.”  (Kenosha News. Photo credit: Brian Passino)

Kenosha Protestor Collapses

December 29, 2016:  These six upperclassmen took a morning off of their holiday vacation to serve as pallbearers for a man they had never met. (SunHerald.com Photo credit: Cathy Warden)

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September 27, 2016:  A state trooper drove a grieving man 100 miles to his sister’s funeral after his car was impounded as part of a traffic stop. (CNN. Photo credit: Mark Ross)

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September 25, 2016:  A Philadelphia mosque provides breakfast to almost 1,000 police officers.

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August 3, 2016:  An Uber customer raises the money for her driver to see his son compete in the Olympics. (People.com. Photo credit: Liz Willock and Ellis Hill)

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July 31, 2016:  Many Muslims across France attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on July 26th. (Story and photo: BBC.com)

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July 19, 2016:  More than a dozen people helped rescue a man trapped beneath his car.  Bert Sorin put a video on his Facebook page.

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July 17, 2016:  Instead of facing off at a protest, police and Black Lives Matter organized a picnic and dance in Wichita, Kansas. (CBSNews.com)

July 17 2016 BLM Picnic Witchita

July 10, 2016:  A young girl showed compassion for a homeless man, giving him her pocket money and kind words. Her mother, Kenyatta Lewis, recorded the moment on her Facebook page:

July 10 2016 Kenyatta Lewis Girl and Homeless Man

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