Hometown Heroes: Building Homes for Disabled Veterans
Back from war, two injured soldiers help other vets rebuild their lives.
Occupy Sandy: True Heroes in a Time of Crisis
Stranded in my mom’s house during the worst storm to hit the East Coast in my lifetime, scouring social media,
Hero Pets: A Pig That Calms Special-Needs Kids
For special-needs students in San Francisco, pot-bellied pig Buttercup provides comfort—and a bit of fun.
Hero Pets: A Little Girl’s Lifeline Is Her Dog
For young Alida Knobloch, loyal pooch Mr. Gibbs is a true lifesaver.
Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize
In this RD Classic from our archives, American athlete Jesse Owens tells his stunning Olympic story about putting differences aside...
Celebrities Who Inspire Us: Josh Duhamel
A Hollywood-but-hometown hero: Josh Duhamel recently told us about his love of his adopted dogs, how taking care of his...
How 6 Small Towns Honor Veterans
Inspiring: Throughout the year, these small towns honor all United States veterans in unique ways, from "Boots for Our Troops"...
Paula Lucas: International Angel
Paula Lucas dreamed of being able to help battered women living overseas. In 2001, she started Americans Overseas Domestic Violence...
Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids
When young Noah Jones got a glimpse into the world of foster care, he created his own charity to help...
The Titanic Coat: One Family’s Legend
In an inspiring follow-up to the Titanic story, Reader's Digest national affairs editor David Noonan tells of a family heirloom...
Hometown Hero: A Sailor’s Savior
When worried mother Marianne Naslund saw her 16-year-old neighbor Andy Livasy was in trouble, she opened up her heart and...
Digest Diet: Adrienne’s Weight-Loss Success Story
After the first phase of the Digest Diet, Adrienne's weight loss was seven pounds; then she went on to shed...
The Birth of a Family
What’s a single white guy doing with three Mexican kids? Making a loving family — and showing how foster adoption
California Teenager Grants Wishes to Terminally Ill Patients
Our hero: Caitlin Crommet, 17 Where she lives: Rancho Santa Margarita, California How she helps: Grants wishes to terminally ill
Digest Diet: Annette’s Weight-Loss Success Story
People told Annette when she hit menopause, she would stop losing weight, so she teamed up with her daughter Dana...
Hope for Deaf-Blind Triplets — Light in the Dark
How parents of triplets found hope in a dismal situation.