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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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Mason, TX

The residents of Mason have a lot to say about what makes is one of the Nicest Places in America -- so much that it couldn't all fit into this one nomination! See for yourself.

Old Saybrook, CT

In Old Saybrook, neighbors come knock, knock, knockin' and will be there for you through thick and thin without needing...


Eagan, MN

In Eagan, everyone is happy to help. The town communicates via social media, asking for an offering help with things...


Sugar Hill Assisted Living Community in Dalton, MA

When Robert Rood initially checked into Sugar Hill, it was out of necessity. Two weeks later, he simply couldn't leave....


Wabasha, MN

A tiny town of 2,500, residents say there's more compassion here than in a city of a million. So when...

New Canaan, CT

New Canaan puts in the work to make to make the town a home for its residents, providing constant opportunities...


Rochester, NY

Rochester has a history of kindness and philanthropy that has only gotten stronger with time, as some of Rochester's most...


Marana, AZ

This Arizona town leaves nothing left to be desired for residents, with programs and community events for all. Locals are...


The Kansas City Center for Inclusion in Kansas City, MO

The path to finding community can be filled with obstacles and hurdles, especially when your community already hangs on the...


Illinois Valley Community College Ottawa Center in Ottawa, IL

No high school diploma? Not for long! Can't speak English? We talk heart to heart! Want a short-term career? Stop...


Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library and Park Plaza in Columbus, OH

When it comes to downtown developments, it's not often you think of libraries taking the lead, but that's exactly what...


Aston Township, PA

Aston Township traces its roots to before the Revolutionary War. While history is an important part of the town, it's...


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Hickory Grove Branch in Charlotte, NC

Places like the Hickory Grove Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenberg Library are rare these days, as one of our last...

Grifols Biomat USA in Frederick, MD

This donation center collects plasma for use in life-changing medications, as the fluid cannot be synthetically produced. Neither can the...


The James F. McGuire Memorial Senior Center in Northvale, NJ

The James F. McGuire Memorial Senior Center has "breathed new life" into many of its residents, they say. It truly...


Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais has already been named the Coolest Small Town in America, and that goes far beyond the Minnesota ice....


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, University City Regional in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, University City Regional is a place for all. Serving a diverse community with changing needs, the library...


Fall River Mills, CA

When Lyn Palmer went missing, hundreds from the community came to look for her. The outpouring of care and love...


Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg is steeped in American history and patriotic pride runs deep. Friendly neighbors and good people are as reliable as...


Salt Lake County Library in Salt Lake Valley, UT

The staff the Salt Lake County Library system are so much more than just librarians to their communities. They're guides,...


Wild Horse Rescue Center in Mims, FL

A haven for animals of all kinds, the volunteers at the Wild Horse Rescue Center spend their days caring for...

Fido and Fluffy’s Rescue, Inc. in Armada, MI

Fido and Fluffy's is a rescue organization that unites stray or abandoned animals with new, loving homes that are beyond...


Gig Harbor, WA

Gig Harbor is home to a supportive military community, along with the Hanger Clinic Specialty Center where civilians travel from...


Nolensville, TN

When the Warren's family house burned down, Nolensville came to the rescue, helping ease the burden of losing everything.


Columbiana, OH

Columbiana isn't a community to let tough circumstances get them down, as they continue to rise up and celebrate each...


Tulsa, OK

Even though it's not a small town, everyone says "hi" to you in Tulsa. The community is welcoming and kind....


Joliet, IL

Joliet has a long history of welcoming folks to town with open arms -- including, once, President Kennedy.