True Stories

We Hear You America: Mayors of the Week
We Hear You America: Mayors of the Week

Meet some local leaders are working to make their towns even better -- and maybe earn a WHYA prize… >>

Shelli Eldredge's Miraculous Recovery
Shelli Eldredge’s Miraculous Recovery

Shelli and husband Stephen were in Hawaii with their family when tragedy struck. Here, a story of… >>

Standing Tall: The Memorial Garden Miracle
Standing Tall: The Memorial Garden Miracle

Hurricane Irene almost destroyed the last remaining connection Patti and Scott had to their son, a… >>

The Boy Who Defied Death
The Boy Who Defied Death

Dozens of rescue and medical professionals helped her son, but mom Kirsten Ostrander also credits a… >>

Baby Evan: A Miracle of Science
Baby Evan: A Miracle of Science

After infantile spasms worsened, baby Evan's parents thought nothing could stop them from losing… >>

Swept Away: A Miracle at Sea
Swept Away: A Miracle at Sea

60-year-old Hiromitsu Shinkawa and his wife fled the tsunami they feared was following the… >>

Twin Miracle: Hugged Back to Life
Twin Miracle: Hugged Back to Life

An amazing phenomena called the kangaroo mother care might have been what brought Kate Ogg's infant… >>

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… >>