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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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Reliance, TN

Even if you’re a stranger, Reliance feels like home. (Credit: Laura Curbow) The folks in Reliance treat you like they


Sun City West, AZ

The Sun City West PRIDES make sure to keep local streets clean with their volunteer service. (Credit: Peggy Joynson) There


Port Malabar Holiday Park in Palm Bay, FL

A 96-year-old resident of Port Malabar Holiday Park starts off the community’s senior olympics in full regalia. (Credit: Becky Earnest)


Ketchikan, AK

Ketchikan is a town where people make sure everyone is safe and happy. (Credit: Robin Harford) I was brand-new to


Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Ballard Lodge No. 827, WA

New initiates to the lodge pose for a photo. (Credit: Ben Braden) Members of the Ballard Elks Lodge No. 827


New Paltz, NY

The Huegonot family, pictured near the Deyo House, anchor historic New Paltz. (Credit: Stephen Deck) This town hosts the French


Wall, TX

Wall High school wears red to support Iraan School in Texas after they lost their cheer sponsor. (Credit: Megan Timmermann)


Martinsburg, MO

Martinsburg is a small, quiet place (population 304), but when it comes to kindness, it packs a punch. (Credit: Amanda


Evansville, WI

Merry Christmas! So many people go without gifts over the holidays — but in Evansville, far fewer than before, thanks


Salida, CO

Look twice! That’s not just a Christmas tree — it goes all the way up the mountain, hundreds of feet!


Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Hattiesburg Lodge No. 599, MS

For Elk Lodges all across the country, helping your fellow man, especially youth and veterans, is a standard. For our...


Worden, MT

Tom Martin, a 90-year-old local, is surprised by the town on his birthday. (Credit: Cherie Freeman) This rural community takes


Hope for Deaf-Blind Triplets — Light in the Dark

How parents of triplets found hope in a dismal situation.


Photo Essay: The Patriots Guard Riders Who Honor Fallen Heroes

When soldiers fall or veterans pass away, this motorcycle group shows up to honor them.