The Doaks’ House in Waterford, Ohio
In the small town of Waterford, Ohio, one household stands out. One fall Saturday every other year or so, Roger and Shirley Doak open their doors for family, friends, and strangers. Since the 1960s, they’ve turned a day devoted to making apple butter into an all-day event. They start the fire at dawn, then take turns stirring, socialize, and nosh on a buffet spread until sunset. By the end of the day, they’ve created hundreds of jars of apple butter together. Don’t miss these other stories of extraordinary generosity.
Pflugerville High School, Texas
In a school of 2,300, you’d expect some cliques and bullying. Not so in Pflugerville High School, Texas, where students embrace each other, regardless of race, ethnicity, or ability. Perhaps the Panthers’ unifying school spirit comes from events like Pay It Forward day, which rewards students for kindness; the Pink Panther Pep Rally that raises money for breast cancer; or the Coats for Kids drive, a regional competition challenging schools to donate the most coats—which Pflugerville has won for the past six years. But even on an everyday basis, the school is a refreshingly nice place to grow up in those tough teen years.
Oriole Park in Baltimore, Maryland
Sure, Oriole Park in Baltimore, Maryland, is a fun place to watch a baseball game with a family. But this stadium goes beyond rooting for the home team; it also roots for acts of kindness. During weekend games, the Birdland Community Heroes program honors a community member for good deeds. One of the nicest honorees to catch our eye was a middle school boy named Thomas Moore who grew his hair long enough to donate three wigs worth of hair to donate to children with cancer. Read more details about Thomas Moore and the other boy the Orioles honored that day.