From living in a car to living within a community’s embraceChompoo Suriyo /Shutterstock
Imagine living with your four-month-old baby and two-year-old toddler in a beat-up old car because you’ve lost your home—and every other option. That’s what happened to Raijene Mallory, a young, single mom, from Richmond, Virginia. The 22-year-old was put out of her home, along with her two children, and needed a place to live while she got on her feet. With every shelter in the area full, Mallory and her children were spending their nights parked in hospital parking lots, where police were nearby and she felt moderately safe. The young family’s story was reported on a local news station, and within two days, the community pitched in to help. A property owner gave them a rent-free, fully-renovated two-bedroom apartment, and other community members showed up with offers of employment, day care, counseling, and clothes. Check out more random acts of kindness that changed people’s lives.
An Air Force veteran with COPD gets a home remodelbogdanhoda /Shutterstock
When members of a home remodeling trade organization found out about a nearby soon-to-be-condemned house an Air Force veteran was living in, they decided to do something about it. Bolstered by a community of helpful volunteers, the veteran, who requested anonymity, got an HVAC system, a new roof, and a renewed outlook on neighborly kindness. Here are 10 more nice things that strangers have done to say “thank you” to veterans.