Kindness Stories

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To Tina In The Hospital Canteen

Submitted by Becky from North West England

(originally written for the Guardian newspaper weekend family section - 'a letter to..... the letter you always wanted to write')

Evening approached swiftly on the shortest day of the year. The hospital restaurant was nearing closing time as I heaved open the door and shoved the pushchair through. The canteen was deserted, and you were just finishing, putting chairs up on to tables. No doubt you groaned at the sight of a last-minute customer.


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Airport Angels

Submitted by Teresa Dooley - Smith from Belchertown, Ma 01007

I always notice the pattern of the floor tiles in the airport. They are a confetti style filled with happy colors. Something about it feels soft and exciting. I imagine that those who are heading off to vacations don't even notice it. I notice it. It signals the beginning and end of my visits with my sister. I'm not sure why I take such notice of the floor but I do. Maybe it's because I start each airport rotation...

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All Starts With Family.

Submitted by Aida Bolatkyzy from Kazakhstan,Kyzylorda

When I was a child, my mom always told me that, we must give things that we don't need, to people who need it. That is why in my childhood we always gave things that we don't use to poor people who need it. In general it were clothes and shoes. Sometimes, in Ayit when we cook delicious , like baursaks or meet, my mom gave majority of them to poor people. When people asked for seeds.we always gave...

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Helping Local Homeless Women And Girls As A Community!

Submitted by Holly Seibold from Vienna, VA

In January, I learned about the need for new bras and feminine hygiene products amongst homeless women, teenagers, and pre-teens. Unbeknownst to many people, these are some of the most critical items requested in shelters. Bras and feminine hygiene products are rarely donated, expensive items for a shelter to replenish, and not covered by food stamps. Insufficient access to these items often leads to unsanitary conditions and health problems.

I reached out...

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A Stranger Called Elizabeth

Submitted by Ruth from Blackburn England

Having had flu this week,I had not been shopping and supplies were dwindling so I made a while quick dash to Morrison's leaving the children in the car whilst I got milk,bread,juice and vegetables for soup,9 items in total,as I went through the 10 items or less,a lady called Elizabeth asked if she could pay for my shopping.I was taken aback and said I could pay but she insisted that she would like to do so,I gratefully agreed to...

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Taco Bell Angel

Submitted by Katie from union

Last night my fiancee and I decided we wanted taco bell for supper. He handed me one of his debit cards and knowing we had enough money on there I didn't bring my wallet or anything else with me. I got to taco bell and placed my order. When I got to the window the guy handed me our drinks and I gave him our debit card. A few seconds later he opens the window and tells me the...

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The Feet My Family Won't Touch

Submitted by Vicki Robinson from Macon, Georgia

I have degenerative bone diease that started in my back causing disc to fall apart and press on nerves causing serve pain and weakness. I had to leave my job and apply for disability. I have gone through so much not on physically but emotionally. My husband didn't believe what I going through and just wanted me to wait on him. I had got where couldn't even reach my feet. Even my grown children didn't want to touch my...

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Madeleine Pickens

Submitted by Dr. Karen Brown from Anchorage, AK

Although Pickens was not born in the USA, she has tirelessly worked to save our American mustangs from extinction. This is a wonderful act of kindness when you consider the mustangs are, in most cases, being rounded up for slaughter. And those that are not being slaughtered are forced to live under harsh conditions. Pickens has used her own money, along with donations, to save these beautiful animals. It is amazing how she has persevered against local, state, and...

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Leading By Example

Submitted by Kristy from Olmstead

My name is Kristy Olmstead. I have recently graduated the year long chemical dependency recovery program at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. I write you today to tell you about a wonderful woman I met while I was in the program at The Mission. Hillary is a marketing executive for the Mission. She and I met while participating in one of the Missions extra curricular programs called "Climbing out of Homelessness." Climbing out of Homelessness is a program that provides the...

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Jawdropping Amazingly Kind Family With 8 Kids Who Also Participate

Submitted by renee mohr from kenosha, wi

after escaping an abusive husband. I had 6 young children and about a dime to my name. With Christmas only a few weeks away I was worried they would have to grow up faster than they should have to. We lost everything except the shell of the house.even down to the lightbulbs in the sockets. Sleeping on the floor. Not even a towel to dry off with. I was at my dentist (Dr. JEFFREY SORENSEN in paddock lake WI),...

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