Stories of Kindness from Around the World

$100 Hero Changes a Family's Life Forever


--by lynzall, posted Jun 8, 2009

I read an article in my local paper a while ago, and it really stuck with me.   There was a couple in my neighbourhood whose house had been badly damaged in a hail storm we had earlier in the year. I remember it well and so did my car, hailstones almost the size of baseballs.

Anyway I read this article a few months after the storm that this couple didn't have insurance and they had just bought their first home, they had been saving for five years to get their home. They were a fairly young couple and unfortunately their home was badly damaged in the hail. They had most of their house damaged, not only by the hail but a tree outside their house had fallen and destroyed a a section of the house. They didn't have money to repair because all their money was going into just buying the place, and they couldn't move, as they couldn't afford it.

Then one day just when they were thinking nothing would get better, they came home from work and found an envelope in their mail box.  When they opened it they found $100 with a message that said, "I have been driving past your house on my way to work for the last month, you look like you need this more than I do, best of luck.

No name was left, it was simply a random act of kindness.

This had led them to write to the local paper thanking the random stranger.  The article later caught the eye of some other companies who  vounteered to cover the costs of repairs to the couple's home.  The story ended with the couple saying that they are really grateful and try to share the kindness with their neighbors, and try to keep an eye out for their random hero.

I was really inspired by this story and it is the reason I try to do things for others every chance I get.  It also proves the theory that one random act of kindness has the ability to change the world because it inspired others to help. And while it might not be the whole world,  it's a start and you never know, someone reading this may be inspired to help someone else out today.

Kind regards

Lyndall de. N

Dare to care and share. 

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Readers Comments

Rajni wrote: This story proves that there is nothing like small kindness. With ripple effects, it can get bigger than we can imagine. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us.
hotcocoa wrote: The kindness is indeed lika a ripple.

It starts with a drop, but it moves and grows bigger :)
MUHAMMAD SADIQ wrote: Dear sir,
I am very happy to read your article. I am pkistani. I belonge to poor a family. I work hard for finshe his poverty but response is zero because my pay is limited.

Sir,i work in exprt firm and my wife also work in school as a teacher. She is m. A . Med. Then also our encome is limited. We have four children. Our family are complet. We see our children to high qualified and resposible citezen of american because usa is peacefull county in the world and i want to a massage to all world to peace and love along withe world. I have been apply for usa green card lottery-2009. I received many e-mails from usafis. Organization. Sir please send his e-mail address for connect and i wand to send usafis. Organization. Therefore,you are requested to help us in this regard. I hope that you shall accede our requeste and forward towards your favourable and better response in this matter.

Thanks and regards.

Your's faithfully,
Muhammad sadiq
Faisalabad-pakistan
Sadiq. Bbjp@live. Com
+++00923007960193
MUHAMMAD SADIQ wrote: Dear sir,
I am very happy to read your article. I am pkistani. I belonge to poor a family. I work hard for finshe his poverty but response is zero because my pay is limited.

Sir,i work in exprt firm and my wife also work in school as a teacher. She is m. A . Med. Then also our encome is limited. We have four children. Our family are complet. We see our children to high qualified and resposible citezen of american because usa is peacefull county in the world and i want to a massage to all world to peace and love along withe world. I have been apply for usa green card lottery-2009. I received many e-mails from usafis. Organization. Sir please send his e-mail address for connect and i wand to send usafis. Organization. Therefore,you are requested to help us in this regard. I hope that you shall accede our requeste and forward towards your favourable and better response in this matter.

Thanks and regards.

Your's faithfully,
Muhammad sadiq
Faisalabad-pakistan
Sadiq. Bbjp@live. Com
+++00923007960193
adsnz09 wrote: What a great act of kindness! That person truly is a hero or an angel for that couple. One website is trying to do the same by encouraging people to come forward to help each other. On this site anyone can make a wish for something you need or desire and some one may actually grant your wish. Good idea as sometimes we want to help people but do not know who needs it so on this website you can go and look for people who are in real need and you can help them wish
saleem wrote: Good
Ganoba Date wrote: On many occasions i would come across situations where disaster had struck. I would genuinely want to offer help but would feel that i had nothing much to offer. My offering would amount to less than a drop in the ocean. So i would watch as a mute spectator, ring my hands in despair and walk away in remorse. Worse still, i would at times, blame the whole world and mutter,"why doesn't someone do something about it? "
Then "in a flash of insight" i realised that in each situation what is needed is a "helping hand".

Now i do what i can, moment to moment. This is how i live.
dharam wrote: I am truly touched. I live in india after spending 18 years in us. This story really has touched me. I am so inspired to be kind and gentle to next needy person. Thank you for beng so good. We donot realise but it feels good to be good. God bless.
Steve wrote: Imagine all the people touched by the generosity of god who put that money and desire into ones simple hand.
glynis wrote: Further confirms the fact each person can make a difference. I live in virginia and there's a great commercial that comes on showing people being helped, one by one, and the person who sees it helps the next person and so on.

Let's strive for that kind of world.

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