Whether it’s a lost wallet, missed train, or a flat tire, sometimes, life can be tough. Fortunately, the world is full of kind souls who are always ready to help strangers – or even brighten their day. These do-gooders are everywhere, from small towns to urban cities, sometimes anonymous, other times in front of everyone.
These are some of our favorite things people have done for others – and what made their action(s) stand out.
10. Roadside Help in Ireland
Becky Corbin, an Irish resident was driving near the ring of Kerry road where her car suddenly broke down. Initially, she was very scared because she couldn’t find a nearby mechanic or auto repair shop. To make matters worse, she had her young son accompanying her and there was no friend or relative who lived nearby.
Fortunately, a group of strangers came to Becky’s rescue and helped tow her car. The group even took Becky’s son to the supermarket where the owner gave him a free toy, proving that random acts of kindness can come from anywhere.
9. Angel in Disguise
A single father’s first wife left him when his son was just an infant, leaving the two all by themselves. Needless to say, it was an incredibly tough predicament for them. One day, the father was having a dinner with his friends and remembered that he had to change the son’s diaper. However, the men’s room did not have a table.
So, he asked a woman nearby if he could use the ladies’ room to change his son. She said yes, and as the dad was sorting the diaper bag, the woman came back and offered to help him out. It was something that the dad remembered forever, as it’s only something an angel could’ve done.
8. The Miracle Hug
After the tragic death of a close friend., a 14 year-old-high school student fell into a depression. She was so deep in the throws that she was not able to handle the mundane, day-to-day task of life. Months after the death, she was walking around in her school’s yard, crying uncontrollably. All of a sudden, a colleague came to her and gave her a big hug.
She first made eye contact, and then hugged her tight without skipping a single beat. The girl sobbed for minutes in the kind stranger’s embrace before the tears subsided. She later said that hug was a major reason why she got her smile and will to live back, showing that sometimes a hug can indeed be miraculous.
7. Last-Minute Save
Two young girls were on their way to Wal-Mart for a quick shopping trip, when all of a sudden, a disheveled man approached them This was no ordinary stranger encounter – the man was scary, pushy, and very persistent. He demanded the girls’ money. Scared, the girl’s thoroughly searched their purses. To their relief, someone intervened. A man saw the incident and created a diversion by telling the girls they are “going to be late.”
The girls immediately ran toward the good samaritan, grateful he had been their in that moment. Moments like these show that deep down inside, most people actually care.
6. Here Comes the Money!
A ten-year-old boy had multiple arm fractures. It was likely that he even after his arm healed it self as much as possible, he would still have problems with it. As you may know, arm surgeries are pricey – a big financial hit for many people if they can even afford it at all. Financial loss aside, fractures can be emotionally draining as well, especially for people who have their entire life ahead of them.
When the boy re broke his arm, a woman who was passing by, heard him scream. She immediately rushed towards him to see what was wrong. After learning about his predicament, gave him five dollars, telling him that everything would be okay. This simple act of kindness cheered the boy up right away and helped him get through the pain.
5. 5-Star Uber Driver
Uber drivers often get a bad rep because of the poor behaviors of a handful of other Uber drivers. However, the driver we are going to talk about was an angel sent by God. This driver was an elder female who picked someone up from Walmart.
The passenger had some car repair tools and battery with him, which he bought to repair his car. Once the Uber driver dropped this passenger off at his destination, and she stuck around until his car was fixed. Very few drivers extend courtesies like this, and hopefully, this one got a five-star and a tremendous review.
4. Say ‘Cheese!’
A couple was dining in at a romantic restaurant. They were having a great time and things were about to get even better: The man proposed on the fly. He only planned to propose the girl of his dreams and didn’t even think about taking a picture.
Fortunately, the waiter working there had his camera ready and took a picture as soon as the girl said ‘yes.’ The act added joy to the couples life by capturing one of their best moments together.
3. Thank you, Stranger!
A passenger was carrying heavy grocery bags on the bus. It had been a rough day, and he was having a hard time Holland this tears back Another passenger on the bus and took notice. He offered to help carry the groceries to literally lighten the load.
He even got off at a different stop so he could help the down-on-his-luck passenger carry the groceries right up to his. home. The act was small, but it meant a lot to someone who was already having a rough day.
2. Thank you for your excellent service
In 2015, a waitress went to her shift at Bourbon House in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wearing a jersey of her favorite team, she waited on a table of fellow football fans with the friendly and attentive service she served all her tables.
After an afternoon of drinks and food, the group had run up a $505.00 tab.
When the waitress came back around to pick up the signed transaction receipt, she was shocked to see the group had left her a $3000 tip!
“I really am grateful,” she told CNN, teary eyed. “A random act of kindness – there’s nothing that hits more home.”
1. The gift of walking
In 2017, 2-year-old Emily Andersen was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. An unfortunate symptom of this condition is that the brains ability to control the legs is compromised.
All the options were extremely expensive. The operation that would give the girl the ability to walk was a whooping $100,000 dollars.
In 2020, her parents set up a GoFundMe page in hopes that they could get some assistance in the medical expenses.
Less than 24 hours later, an anonymous donor offered to fully cover the operation in full.
Not only that, the donor insisted on funding a trip to Disneyland to celebrate the now-4-year-old’s recovery from the operation.
They followed through with their pledges, though the family doesn’t not know the identity of their generous benefactor to this day.
But you don’t have to have an extra $100,000 to make someone’s day. Sometimes all people need is for someone to notice them and show they care.