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Who's Your One?

Do you have someone in your life who inspired you to be a better person?
Did you witness an act of kindness that left an impression?
Share your kindness story with the world.

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Acts of Kindness Changed My World: My Life with Autism

It is amazing that every act we take will ultimately affect other people around us, and this proves the significant effects in changing other people’s behaviors through imitation (copying a particular behavior we observe). When we give to others, we are taking consideration for other people’s desires and needs rather than our own. There are actually many benefits in...

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Two Blind People Save A Child's Life

Robert F. Smith, totally blind, a few years ago started on a quest to do acts of kindness. He didn't have a clue where his footsteps would take him. One of his journey's was to walk from Long Beach, California to Las Vegas. He accomplished the task, and while he was walking he raised funds for a child who needed...

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My teacher

The one person that has made me become a better person and has helped me extremely ismy teacher Ms.Williss and she has made me become a better person by turning me from shy and quiet to outgoing ,from being passive to assertive,not wanting to learn and go to school,to wanting to learnand go to school Ms.Williss is one of the...

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Writing Kindness

My one is my 13-year-old son, Gabe. Gabe is spreading kindness, compassion, and acceptance through a children's book he wrote and illustrated about a boy who has Autism and his struggle to make a new friend at school. Gabe was inspired to write this book from his volunteer experience working in a theater program with individuals who have special needs....

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Dreams United

Dr. Timothy Williams owns a pediatric office in Florida, but what many people do not know is that he runs a nonprofit organization called Dreams United. This man had a dream of opening an orphanage in Africa and believed that God was directing him to do so. As a result, in 2016, he took his first team to Tanzania and...

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Driving with Kindness

When I was in elementary school, we were quite poor. The school offered free lunch but when the teacher called your name to collect lunch money, you had to call out, "free lunch!" I was too embarrassed to call the phrase out, so I would just skip lunch. My bus driver told me he needed help opening the doors when kids...

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Nurses Playing Cards of Love

In December we found out that Mom’s cancer had progressed to the point that doctors started talking in terms of months for her to live. Our daughter was scheduled to be married in 2020, but with this crushing news, we worked hard against the ever-ticking clock of cancer to be sure her Mom-Mom would be in attendance on her big...

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Surprise Gifting

My live-in boyfriend and I had an unexpected dog expense between paychecks and had just broken into our piggy bank to get $7 into our gas tank. When we pulled up to the pump we noticed a note in a baggy which read, "Help yourself to $25 worth of gas on me!" with a Random Acts of Kindness card included....

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Helping A Teammate

Today during the Special Olympics wheelchair race, Camron won the race in 11 seconds, which is an amazing time! After he won the race he realized one of his teammates was struggling to complete the race.  Camron came back and helped his teammate finish the race by pushing the boy's wheelchair one-handed and wheeling his own wheelchair with the other...

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Free Hugs Given Here!

I started giving out free hugs about 4-5 years ago at a university, a park, and other locations. As time has gone by, many students and people have spoken appreciation for this simple act. They have told me that my hugs made a difference to them and helped them feel better. Some have even said that mine is the best hug they...

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Coffee For Two

My husband and I ordered coffee from a local drive-thru. When we went to pay, the girl at the window told us our coffee had been paid for! When she realized we were puzzled, she told us that the car in front paid for our order as a random act of kindness. We were totally blown away and it truly made...

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Gold-Hearted Wonder Woman

Antoinette is one of the most hardworking and compassionate women that I am privileged to know. She juggles various jobs as the manager of a drop-in center on a daily basis. Her personality is contagious and she is a breath of fresh air for anybody visiting the drop-in center. We appreciate her years of sacrifice, dedication, and love for Kingsway family.

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A BBQ Chicken Rescue

A few years ago when my kids were younger, we stopped at a local barbecue chicken place to buy some dinner. The kids were tired and grumpy.  My youngest was adamant that she did NOT want chicken for dinner and fully refused to get out of the car. A man walked up and asked if I’d like a chicken he...

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Monthly Emergencies

So if you are a woman, and have ever had an unexpected visitor. You know how stressful it is when you find yourself without a tampon or pad. I started this at work because I know what it feels like to be in that situation. You also never know what someone's home life is like and how that affects them....

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Sticking Kindness Around

I was spending some time with a friend on a day out and we went to the restroom. She went straight in and didn't see the sticky note on the mirror that said, "You are a beautiful blessing to the world," and simply signed with a heart. When she came out, I pointed it out to her and we both...

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Loved Like a Sister

My best friend is like a sister to me. She has never given up on me, even when I make mistakes. She's the most amazing friend anyone could hope for. I'm really sad that she's switching schools for fifth grade. We probably won't go to school again together, but at least we can still go to each other's houses. What's...

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Traveling Helpers

My story of kindness may be small, but it is important to me. Can you imagine that you are alone? Your friends, teachers, colleagues and especially family have disappeared. I can’t.  Last weekend I came to understand again that my family is a very important thing in our lives. My uncle invited all our family for his birthday.  I was...

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Warming Up

Submitted by Karen Golic

Our Facility Manager comes in earlier than the rest of us every day. He always goes into my office and turns my heater on. Although this might seem like a small thing, it is huge to me. Northeast Ohio is cold in the winter and our venue is a hundred-year-old building which is very cold. We keep the heat down...

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Christmas Angels

Submitted by Sandra Lucero

During Christmas, a few years back, my son and daughter-in-law were experiencing quite a hardship. A few of my fellow employees were aware and two of the kindest women in our office gave me a Nintendo Wii game console to give to my 4 grandsons for the holiday! I gave it to my daughter-in-law to surprise the little ones and...

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I Had My Cake and Ate It, Too

Submitted by Steven Kaskalla

On my birthday in 2018, I came into the office to work like any other day. I don't make anything special of my birthday normally, but that year Chloe and a few of my other coworkers surprised me on what was a normal Friday. The cake and card from everyone were great, as was the lunch afterward. It wasn't anything...

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