True Stories

To Serve and Protect
To Serve and Protect

Daniel Hernandez doesn't see himself as a hero. The people of Tucson, Arizona, and the nation, beg… >>

Averie the Snow Angel
Averie the Snow Angel

Averie Carrion, just four years old, braved a cold, snowy night to rescue her family. Did she have… >>

The Birth of a Family
The Birth of a Family

What's a single white guy doing with three Mexican kids? Making a loving family — and showing how… >>

An Interview With Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee
An Interview With Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee

Novel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee speaks with Reader's Digest in an exclusive interview. >>

Jacob Rice: Shoe Giver of Tampa
Jacob Rice: Shoe Giver of Tampa

Jacob Rice is making sure the kids in East Tampa don't go barefoot by working to provide them with… >>

Giving Dogs and Love to Kids With Cancer
Giving Dogs and Love to Kids With Cancer

The Stink Bug Project pairs dogs from the Colorado Correctional Industries Prison Trained K9… >>

Ubuntu Africa: Helping Children with HIV
Ubuntu Africa: Helping Children with HIV

Ubuntu Africa (UBA) is a nonprofit organization intended to provide services for HIV-positive kids… >>

Troy Yocum: Walking for War Vets
Troy Yocum: Walking for War Vets

Troy Yocum collects donations through his website and delivers checks to needy military families… >>

6 Moments That Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks
6 Moments That Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks

Wealth need not require cash. Learn from these 24 people who discovered surprising riches in… >>

Helping the Orphans of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Helping the Orphans of Democratic Republic of the Congo

Richard Kitumba rescues orphans from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo through his… >>

To Honor Those They Lost--9/11 Ten Years Later
To Honor Those They Lost–9/11 Ten Years Later

A decade after the devastating attacks, family, friends, and colleagues of terror’s victims are… >>

back to school stories
Amazing Life Stories: Back-to-School Edition

Tell us your story for a chance to be published in Reader's Digest and win $25,000. >>

The Power of 1: Celebrating Inspirational People
The Power of 1: Celebrating Inspirational People

Reader’s Digest features its picks from the Power of One. Read remarkable stories of noteworthy… >>

Laura Miller: Agent of Anonymous Acts of Kindness
Laura Miller: Agent of Anonymous Acts of Kindness

Making people smile is Laura Miller's passion. Learn how she anonymously brings kindness to the… >>

Paul Stamets and the Healing Power of Mushrooms
Paul Stamets and the Healing Power of Mushrooms

Paul Stamets uses a love of mushrooms to drive home the notion that small, individual actions have… >>

Inspiring Children at the Urban Studio Café
Inspiring Children at the Urban Studio Café

At the Urban Studio Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri, kids gain work skills, a chance to express their… >>

Charlie Starbuck: Planting City Trees
Charlie Starbuck: Planting City Trees

Every week for nearly 30 years, San Francisco resident Charlie Starbuck has planted trees with… >>

Growing the School Garden Movement: Pam Sloane
Growing the School Garden Movement: Pam Sloane

Teacher Pam Sloane started the Green Initiative for Vegetables in Education (GIVE) to inspire… >>

Saving African Cheetahs: Laurie Marker
Saving African Cheetahs: Laurie Marker

Laurie Marker has worked for decades to help save Africa's endangered cheetahs. Now based in… >>

The Power of Flowers: Nancy Lawlor
The Power of Flowers: Nancy Lawlor

Nancy Lawlor's nonprofit organization, FlowerPower, collects bouquets of flowers from weddings and… >>