True Stories

Games for Heroes: Lifting the Spirits of Troops Overseas
Games for Heroes: Lifting the Spirits of Troops Overseas

We’re in this for the long haul,” says Peter. “We’ll ship games to our heroes until the… >>

Finding Gilbert
Finding Gilbert

While stationed in France during World War II, an American soldier took a seven-year-old orphan… >>

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… >>

The Power of 1: Inspiring People Making a Difference
The Power of 1: Inspiring People Making a Difference

Each month we feature brave and committed inspirational people who are proving the Power of One… >>

The Heroes Rebuilding New Orleans
The Heroes Rebuilding New Orleans

Three years after Hurricane Katrina, die-hard citizens like these seven are bringing the city back… >>

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… >>

Holiday Stories: All I'm Asking For
Holiday Stories: All I’m Asking For

Rick Bragg reflects on Christmas as a boy, a seesaw of gloom and glee. As an adult, however, he… >>

Holiday Stories: The Gift of Possibility
Holiday Stories: The Gift of Possibility

It was Christmas in Boston. Everyone, it seemed, was accompanied by someone else smiling or… >>

Hope for Deaf-Blind Triplets -- Light in the Dark
Hope for Deaf-Blind Triplets — Light in the Dark

For the parents of deaf-blind triplets, a modern-day miracle worker is their best hope. >>

11-year-old Survivor of Floodwaters Saves Her Family
11-year-old Survivor of Floodwaters Saves Her Family

As Maddie McRae struggled to reach the shore after an icy plunge, she had only one thought: "I Have… >>

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… >>

Schoolteachers Take Charge of Field Trip
Schoolteachers Take Charge of Field Trip

When a bus filled with schoolchildren went wildly out of control, their teachers stayed cool. >>

Michael Oher: Homeless Hero Becomes Academic Success
Michael Oher: Homeless Hero Becomes Academic Success

He arrived with nothing but the clothes on his back. He left a winner. >>

Excuses, Excuses: An Excerpt from <em>Teacher Man</em>
Excuses, Excuses: An Excerpt from Teacher Man

My students forged the notes. I turned them into a lesson plan. >>

Life Coach Roger Barta
Life Coach Roger Barta

How a high school football coach built a championship dynasty by never playing to win. >>

Bob Haverstick: The Wish Master for the Greatest Generation
Bob Haverstick: The Wish Master for the Greatest Generation

Making wishes come true for senior citizens and terminally ill adults around the country. >>

Quenching a Thirst in Kathungu
Quenching a Thirst in Kathungu

H2O for Life is doing its part to remedy the global water crisis, one school at a time. >>

Richard Reisner: Fun on the Slopes with Vermont Adaptive
Richard Reisner: Fun on the Slopes with Vermont Adaptive

Richard Reisner lends more than a hand at Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, a nonprofit dedicated to… >>

The PEN (Peers Engaged & Networking) Pals Book Club
The PEN (Peers Engaged & Networking) Pals Book Club

An honor student's mission to reach out to children of incarcerated parents. >>