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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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Acres of Hope in Auburn, CA

Acres of Hope is a lifeboat for homeless single mothers working their way back into society. The facility offers housing,...


Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester in Rochester, NY

There's no shortage of inclusive community programs and projects at the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester, where members...


The Homeless Charity and Village in Akron, OH

When a thriving businessman saw the opportunity to make a real difference by opening his property to local homeless people,...


Caddo Mills, TX

Katie Bell is facing a terrible foe, an aggressive brain tumor that threatens her life. Enter the town of Caddo...


Tiffin Community YMCA in Tiffin, OH

At the Tiffin County YMCA, wellness doesn't only apply to your physical health, but your heart and state of being....


FINALIST: Yassin’s Falafel House in Knoxville, TN

A business built from the ground up by Syrian refugee Yassin Terou, Yassin's Falafel House is safe place in the...


Suffern, NY

When Claire Horskey suddenly and tragically passed away in a car accident, her roommate and best pal Rosemary was simply...


Gustavus, AK

This tiny Alaska town knows how to fundraise like no other, especially when it comes to their kids. With a...

Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, CO

When surrounded the awe-inspiring art in the Benson Sculpture Garden, it's hard not to reflect the same beauty in your...


Friends of the North Oakland Veterans Treatment Court in Clarkston, MI

Veterans make tremendous sacrifices for our country, and these sacrifices often continue after enlistment. The Friends of the North Oakland...


Brevard, NC

Brevard residents will always be there for their community, hosting several fundraisers and benefits for neighbors in need. But with...


Troy, TN

Helpfulness is infused in Troy's DNA, so you'll always have a community to pick you up when you're down. You'll...


Toledo Lucas County Public Library in Toledo, OH

At this library, books line the shelves and helpful people line the walls. Community members are in constant search of...


Lexington Public Library in Lexington, KY

The Lexington Public Library is about much more than books -- it's a place where the community comes together to...


Denton, TX

As a part of the Lone Star State, the people in this little Texas town are more than capable of...


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Chandler, AZ

The small city of Chandler is big enough where everyone can't possibly know each other. Enter Facebook. The city has...

Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX

You won't find it boxed and bottled on shelves or in displays, but happiness is still Magnolia Market's hottest commodity...


Washingtonville, NY

In Washingtonville, the entire town pitches in to make it a better place. There's a committee or special project going...


Ely, IA

Volunteerism isn't a duty in Ely, it's a way of life. The town thrives because of it, and it's so...


Avon Pool in Avon, Ohio

When morale is at a low, leave it to your friendly neighborhood Spiderman (or Superman, or Batman, or whoever the...


Montecito, CA

It was a tough winter in the idyllic California town of Montecito. First, wildfires, then, a deadly mudslide. Now, the...

Hope, IN

How do the residents of this small Indiana town show so much positivity and support in the face of devastating...


Newfane NY

Newfane is your typical small town, where everyone waves and people go to unbelievable lengths to be kind to one...


Brookfield Neighborhood in Gainesville, Fl

Melissa has lived in Gainesville her whole life, but not until moving to the Brookfield neighborhood was she truly home....


Clinton, IA

Unable to afford a headstone due to an insurance dilemma, Laura Feller's late husband's resting place went unmarked for years,...


Delray Center in Delray Beach, FL

The overwhelming generosity and culture of healing manifested by the folks at the Delray Center are an inspiration.


New Braunfels, TX

After losing several members of their local church congregation in a car accident, the town of New Braunfels relied on...