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You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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This Man Jumped Off a Bridge to Save a Child After a Car Accident

A car crashes on a bridge and a child is catapulted into the water below. Who will save her?

These Teens Serve on the Front Lines of Their Local Fire Department

In an unexpected turn of events, these teenagers went from math class to answering ambulance calls.


Instead of Going to College, I Read These Books

For a woman whose life took another path, a teacher’s reading list taught her everything she needed to know.


Readers Share the Tiny Changes They Made That Changed Their Lives

Readers share the tiny tweaks they made to their daily lives—and what happened for the better as a result.


“Trash Walker” Anna Sacks Finds Treasure in New York City’s Garbage

New York City's trash is this woman's treasure, and she's using her platform to fight our culture of excess waste.

These Kayakers Fought for Survival After Big Waves Overturned Their Boats

One by one, the three kayakers capsized in the cold, angry water. Then they became separated.


These Volunteers Risked Their Lives to Save 2,000 Animals from War-Torn Ukraine

Amid constant danger, volunteers at a Ukraine pet shelter are making sure no animal is left behind.

These Fathers Formed “Dads on Duty” to Prevent Violence at a Local High School

When gang violence spiked, concerned dads at this Louisiana high school said “Not on our watch."


This Pediatric Social Worker Creates Dolls That Represent Every Kind of Child

Amy Jandrisevits believes that representation matters—and that all kids should have a doll that looks like them.


This Town’s Most Famous Resident Is a Pink Pig Named Ernestine

When Joanne Clayton spotted a stray animal near her home in Illinois, she had no idea how important it would...


This Cyclist Has Given More Than 450 Adaptive Bikes to Children in Need

The idea for the McLindon Family Foundation began with one thoughtful act of kindness.

This Father and Son Saved a Fisherman After He Fell Overboard

There was no one aboard the pleasure craft that almost T-boned them. So a father and son went fishing for...


These 8 Chance Encounters with Kind Strangers Will Warm Your Heart

Readers share their accounts of kind people who helped them when they needed it the most.


These Neighbors Rushed to Help a Man and His Son After They Fell Into a Well

A father's worst nightmare came true when his child fell down a well. After jumping in after his son, he...


This Man Uses His Own Money to Buy New Basketball Nets for Playgrounds

Anibal Amador knows that basketball is nothing without the net.


When This Woman’s Cat Got Stuck in a Tree, Neighbors Stepped Up to Help

“I can’t believe how many people went out of their way to help me with this cat."

This Man Found His Purpose by Sitting on a Bench and Listening to Strangers

Each morning, Al Nixon sits on a bench, watches the sunrise, and connects with strangers from all walks of life.


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20 Sweet Stories About Moms (That Will Make You Want to Call Yours)

Mother's Day 2022 is coming up on May 8. These readers' stories offer much-needed mom love and inspiration.


Welcoming Ukrainian Refugees: 13 Stories That Will Renew Your Faith in Humanity

Instead of waiting to figure out the "right" way to help, these people are leaping into action to help Ukrainian...


Nicest Places in America 2022

Nicest Places in America is a nationwide search for places where people are kind and do amazing things to improve...


These Four People Were Faced with Death and Lived to Tell Their Stories

When faced with certain death, you need bravery, determination, and plenty of luck.


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When a Cryptic Stranger Lurked Toward Their Owner, These Mild-Mannered Dogs Sprang Into Guard Mode

The normally affectionate pair weren’t going to let anyone threaten their pack.


The Stray Cat Who Brought Home a Stray Cat

People used to say that during the Great Depression, the needy would mark the doors of sympathetic households. I believe...


Meet the Women Who Catch Python Snakes in the Everglades Every Night

Invasive Burmese pythons are squeezing the life out of the Everglades. An unlikely sisterhood of the swamp is taking...

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The Story of an Adopted Pet Dog Who Adopted His Own Pet Dog

Whoobie loved his owner so much, he thought it might be fun to have a little pet of his own.


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My Favorite Neighbor Was a Golden Retriever

Jersey Girl wasn’t technically Karen Dickson’s dog, but their bond was nothing short of spectacular.


Here’s How This Student Turns Chip Bags into Sleeping Bags for the Homeless

The Chip Bag Project is slowly but surely chipping away at poverty.


This Bystander at a Reptile Center Wrestled an Alligator to Save Its Trainer

A spectator at a reptile exhibit became part of the show when the star attraction attacked its handler.


How These Readers Found a Silver Lining During the Pandemic

If you wish you’d had a fast-forward button to push in March 2020, you’re not alone. But some readers...


I Was Stalked with an Apple AirTag—Here’s What I Wish I’d Known

Tech aimed at making our lives easier is now the perfect stalking tool—and it's terrifying