Stories of Kindness from Around the World

See-Through Friendship

I am 13 years old and a competitive swimmer. My friend was picking me up for swimming practice one day and I was running late. I had just wolfed down my dinner and had threw on the first suit I saw.

We made it to swimming practice on time and everything was good. During practice, our main set was a series of sprints off the blocks. I climbed out of the water and saw that my suit was completley see through! Not just sorta see through, but COMPLETLEY see through. There were a lot of boys at this practice and I felt so self concious and embarrassed. Then one of my friends, Margie, did the nicest thing anyone had ever done for me. Admist all my blushing and deep, deep embarrassment, she had been thinking. She was wearing two swimsuits because both were kind of faded. The bottom one was black, and wasn't see through, just a tad faded out. She took off her top suit and gave it to me to wear over my completley see-through one. My embarrassment ended because of her and I was able to contiue practice feeling confident and normal. I can never thank Margie enough for that completley unnecessary act of kindness that she bestowed upon me.

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It's the little things that matter

I was doing some volunteer work at a homeless shelter, and decided to document it with photography. I took shots of the residents which came out really well, but I also gave some of the residents a disposable camera.

I then developed the film and printed them up. When I gave back the images, I had enlarged and framed the best photo, which was of a little girl. The man who took it was so happy because it was the first photo he'd ever owned of his daughter!

His smile was the biggest smile I've ever seen in my life (even bigger than his daughters smile in the photo)!

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  • Posted by maliceyalice
  • Dec 2, 2006
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Thousand Bucks For A Stranger

If you were given $1,000 to change the life of a perfect stranger, what would you do? Following her show where she gave away $1000 bucks, Oprah asked that question on Yahoo Answers. In less than a week, more than 35,000 people have responded to her query with answers like: "Having once been homeless and living on handouts of change to eat at 99 cent all you can eat places and soup kitchens, sleeping on doorsteps and trolley stops and sidewalks and having guns pulled on me for cigarettes...I would carefully like to choose homeless folks who are not of the ones who don't want to get off the street( met many of those while out there who love to work the system) but those who need a hand up, a first step to get out of that cycle." "I'd give it to the orphans, ... Read Full Story >>

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My Favourite Act of Kindness

It was a pretty cold day and I was walking with my father. On the way, I saw a person who looked very depressed. He had tears in his eyes, but he was not crying.

I asked him why he was so sad. At first he didn't say anything but I asked him again and again. At last, he said that his mother is seriously ill, she is suffering from fever, and he doesn't have enough money to buy her medicine.

I asked my father for some money. He gave me the money, which I gave it to the man with a smile card. He went to a medical store with a smile on his face. He said thanks to me and left.

This is my favourite act of kindness by me, my father was also pleased with my this act. I've loved helping others since the first time I visited this website. Thank You!

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Russian Smile Heroes

This is a story of other people's random kindness to me. I was driving on the freeway when I saw a sign warning drivers that chains would be required to cross the mountain pass up ahead.  I had never driven with chains before and didn't own any, so I pulled off the freeway and bought a set.  It took quite some time to get the chains on, and I had to drive very slowly for the next 15 miles as I was going through the mountains.  The moment I got to a spot where it was no longer snowing, but raining instead, I pulled over and took the chains off so I could resume driving at a more normal speed. After about 30 minutes of driving, I suddenly came upon another snowy, icy patch of road.  I reduced my speed, but then as I came over a hill, I lost control of ... Read Full Story >>

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Sharing warmth on a cold night

Being in the high school Band isn't always easy. Hours of practice go into making the show(s) perfect! (Not including if your football team makes it to districts, and so on.) You need a lot of dedication and I realize that because I am in the band. Every day in August from 8am-12pm we have 'band camp' practicing for the upcoming football season. This past week was one of our last regular season football games and it was COLD! During our break, I was standing in line at the concession stand for a hot chocolate when a band member from the other team approched me and told me how nice our band looked, and then began telling me about how cold she was and how she's not used to being this cold during football season because their team never went far into the season. Being next in line, I ordered ... Read Full Story >>

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Lifting the spirit of a teen saddened by death

I have a friend whose mother passed away in September. The entire family is grieving from her passing as she was truly a loving woman. I found out from my friend that her 15-year-old daughter was taking it harder than everyone else in the family because she and her grandmother had a very special relationship. The grandmother had always sent the young girl little care packages in the mail every now and then, even though they lived in the same city. The packages contained little things, maybe some nail polish or a make up item such as lip gloss and she always added a note to her granddaughter to let her know how special she was and how proud she was of her. It wasn't always a gift - sometimes it was just a note to let her know she was thinking of her. The grandmother would also pick up her granddaughter and take her on special ... Read Full Story >>

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Employee Coupons

In the store where I work there are many customers who have kids, but hardly any money.   This past weekend the employees were given coupons for 20 percent off any Christmas merchandise.  We could give them to whoever we wanted. 

I gave most of mine out and saved a few. 

While I was working I had a lot of fun giving the coupons to parents with kids who saw all the toys we had out but knew that they wouldn't get any of them.  The parents really had a ball buying toys for their kids that they wouldn't have been able to buy without these coupons. 

It was so nice to see their eyes light up as they began to understand what the coupons were, and how they could help (A lot of the parents either do not speak english, or very little of it). 

I am having fun now imagining the happiness of some of those kids as they get toys that they 'knew' they wouldn't get :-)

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Surprise in the Mail

I have been a fill-in personal care attendant for a woman with Multiple Sclerosis. At one point, I was wanting to create a group similar to this but not online. I asked her what would be an act of kindness to her that would make her smile. She said a check in the mail. My offline group never came together but I never forgot that wish. I knew it was just a matter of waiting until I got enough spare change to send something that would be enough to make her smile. About six months ago, enough time for her to forget she made that wish, I sent a blank money order to her with a card that said, "Be one with yourself and all good things will come to you." Inside, I pasted a typed phrase, "You are the awakened heart." I sent it anonymously. I counted the hours when she would arrive home from work and tried to imagine the smile on her face and her getting a lift that lasts for a good while.

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A Simple Story...

No one really knows how they will react to being told they are very ill. In March of 2005, I was told I had a benign brain tumor. I wasn't so much scared as ignorant of the rehab involved after a neurosurgery. I just want to thank the nurses and therapists who helped me get back to myself. It is no small feat that these people perform every day with little thanks. Here is a smile for you!

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  • Posted by daniellejodi
  • Nov 29, 2006
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Karma for Me

I was in line at the grocery store yesterday and the lady in front of me was purchasing her items and buying a treat for her grand-daughter - a bag of mini M&M's.

My 3-year-old daughter started clamoring for the same thing. I only had a little bit of money with me as payday wasn't until hubby came home that night, and I tried to tell her that we couldn't get it this time, that mommy didn't have enough money.

She was fussy about it but I finally calmed her down.

Then as I started to ring up my purchases, the cashier passes me a bag of M&M's. I asked her what this was about. She said the lady in front of me bought it for my daugher while I was trying to calm her down. I didn't notice and I didn't even get to thank her because she had left while I wasn't looking.

If you're somewhere reading on this board - I say Thank You! My daughter smiled all the way home!!

Since I now had one of the smile cards, I thought I better come to this site and see what it was all about.

What a great concept by the way!!

That's my story - not the grandest thing I suppose but it made my day a whole lot brighter that's for sure.

Thanks again!

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  • Posted by kimyouravonlady
  • Nov 28, 2006
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Keep spreading the love!!!

Last week my close friend was not feeling well and she hesistated to tell me thinking I will be worried. I was not sure what I could do for her to make her feel better. Monday morning as I was entering my office building, I went to the flower shop next to our building. I sent a beautiful basket full of flowers to my friend with a note saying "Have a wonderful day".

She was so delighted to see the flowers coming into her office

Sometimes a small act like these for those so close to your heart can make their day.

Keep spreading the love...

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Shopping adventures

Recently we went to a Wal Mart store (big adventure in the city for us). When we arrived, it was really busy (maybe normal but seemed very busy to us). When we went into the store, there were no shopping carts to be had, so my husband went outside to collect as many as he could. Before he ever made it back into the store, he had given away all the carts and went back for more. As we shopped, people pointed and smiled at us and told him thanks for being so nice.

He said, "I don't know what the big deal is. Anyone would have done the same thing."

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How One DAR Chapter Is Helping Our Injured War Heroes

If you have always thought that the Daughters of the American Revolution were just a bunch of little old ladies sitting at tea with their white gloves on discussing their Patriot Ancestors, you may have to change your opinion. I am an associate member of the Elizabeth Ellington Chapter of the DAR in Bremerton, WA and this is an email I received yesterday. Ladies, Today Annie and I went to the Naval Base Kitsap (Bangor) Navy Exchange and purchased $810 worth of phone cards to be sent to our injured war heroes at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany . Our service men and women will be able, because of your generosity, to utilize a total of 2,479 hours of "talk" time with loved ones. That equates to 14,874 minutes. A total of 75 $10.00 cards and 3 $20 dollar cards were purchased and affixed with DAR phone card labels. I ... Read Full Story >>

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Vacation update

Hola! 

My fiancé and I are back from vacation and the smiles that I planned on spreading were actually nothing compared to the smiles that were shared with us by the local people.  We are still overwhelmed by the friendly people that we were blessed to come in contact with and the beautiful places that we saw thanks to there patient directions. 

It just solidifies the importance of what we are doing here at helpothers.org.  I can't wait to get some smile cards in Spanish and Vietnamese so I can start spreading smiles to the other folks in my community! 

Peace and Love Integrity!

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Kindness is contagious

I was in a great mood last weekend and started talking to a homeless person near Times Square.  Watching me being nice to that old lady caught the fancy of 2 passerbys who came by and gave her a soda and some cookies. 

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Kindness for a Cancer Patient

I'm having chemo at the moment and got on the bus feeling rather weak and sick. A little old lady got up to let me sit down saying "I know what it's like." She was glancing at my headscarf which covers my baldy head.  Full marks to her for consideration and KINDNESS  XXX

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Just Because

When my husband and I go to a fair and we get beaded necklaces, or if we win prizes (my husband loves games) or if we have extra tickets to the rides, we give them to a child who looks they need a smile. We don't have kids so who better to give them to?

At the petting zoo, I always share my food with young kids and let them feed the animal with my hand underneath if they are scared.  There is nothing better than to know you just lit up a child's face.

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  • Nov 25, 2006
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A smile for a kid who needed it!

My mom came to see me at college and then we went to see my little brother play basketball. While we were there, we saw one of her students who had a lot going on in his life at the time. He had it pretty rough.

He finished playing basketball and was now just waiting. So my mom grabbed a smile card from her purse and smiled at me and we were off! We decided to purchase a hot dog for him and I was going to deliver it (he didn't know me)!! So we bought the hot dog and mom wrote "great job tonight" on the card with a smiley face!!! I went and got the hot dog, and delievered it!

He just sat there and looked at me!!! He was in shock! But then he took it. It was so cute! He was one of those kids that didn't have nice things happen to him too often so this little gesture knocked him off his feet! It was cute, and my mom and I had fun!

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Free Surprise from a Grocery Store- A kid's dream

The strangest thing happened to me. I was up early with the baby and decided to go to the grocery store.  When I entered Albertson's grocery store, there was a cart full of FREE candy and kid's treats. I was so surprised- they even had nice candy corn (a treat I think of fondly from having neighbors in Wisconsin who used to give this out to the kids) for free.  I still couldn't believe it - chocolate, candy corn, stuffed animals, balloons.  I checked with the manager to make sure this wasn't a mistake! He said "Take it all. Give it to the neighborhood kids." Then it dawned on me- how about taking it and spreading kindness to all the kids in the neighborhood!  So I loaded a cart full (and still had to pinch myself because this just doesn't happen to me. I give a lot of free ... Read Full Story >>

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