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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.


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...

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.


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...


30 Stories About the Touching Kindness of Strangers That’ll Make You Tear Up

We asked readers for firsthand accounts of compassion. Here are 30 stories on kindness that touched your lives—and our hearts.


This Barbecue Restaurant Owner Donates Cars to Those in Need

“He handed me the keys and didn’t ask for anything.”


This Elementary School Teacher Pledges to Donate One Million Books

“I wanted to do something that’s going to stretch my faith, my work ethic, my everything.”

Here’s How a Group of Strangers With the Same Name Started a Virtual Band—And Friendships to L...

Four men with the same name who all love making music? Baltimore Paul had an idea. Wouldn’t it be funny,...


Kindness, Delivered: Restaurant Owner Drives Six Hours to Make Terminally Ill Woman’s Favorite...

A Baltimore restaurant goes above and beyond to make a delicious dish for a special customer.


A Child Lost Her Beloved Baseball Cards in a Wildfire, So a Stranger Stepped Up to the Plate to Help

A longtime baseball card collector seizes the opportunity to do good after a destructive wildfire.


This Veterinarian Helps Pets of Homeless People Out of His Own Pocket

A California veterinarian makes house calls to pet owners who have no place to call home.


Mitch Albom on What It Means to Be a Real Father to a Special Orphan

What is a real father? An orphan in Haiti teaches ­­bestselling author Mitch Albom a wonderful new definition.


After a Woman Rescued an Injured Swan, Strangers Helped Her Get the Bird Across the City to a Rehab ...

This woman went above and beyond to save a swan in the Big Apple—and some passersby stopped to help.



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My Father-in-Law Had the Whole Family Select His Final Resting Place Before He Passed

When it came to selecting his final resting place, my father-in-law knew to scout the land he loved, with...


This Woman Has Helped Over 400 Seniors Schedule Vaccine Appointments

She saw a need for help—and didn't hesitate to step up to the plate.


How the Dog Nobody Wanted for 17 Months Became a School’s Unofficial Mascot

When Higgins was found, he had been dumped on the side of the road and appeared aggressive—but with some TLC...


This Biker Rode 1,426 Miles to Meet the Family of His Organ Donor

Her son’s organ donation 
saved his life. So he rode to meet her.


Meet the Pitbull Who Became Her Family’s Caretaker

"At that moment, Emmy Lou came up to me and put my whole wrist in her mouth. She was hugging...


After This Man Rescued a Cow from a Dairy Farm, the Two Developed the Most Unbelievable Friendship

Meet Ryan and his 1,000-pound bestie: Jenna the cow. She's brought joy to his life—and also brought him together...