Break out the tissues. Here are some true stories about random kindness that will restore your faith in humanity.
10. The Letter
A 7-year-old boy from the UK sent a birthday letter to his father, who had passed away. The boy had written the following message on the envelope: “Mr. Postman, Can you take this to Heaven for my dad’s birthday?” Rather than toss the letter out like many people would have done, the Royal Mail’s Assistant Delivery Office Manager responded to the little boy, assuring him that the letter had been successfully delivered. “Please be assured that this particular important item of mail has been delivered. I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to Heaven safely,” the man wrote, according to INSIDER. Needless to say, the young boy was filled with excitement. His mother talked about it in a Facebook post, saying: “I actually cannot state how emotional he is knowing his dad got his card … Royal Mail, you’ve just restored my faith in humanity.”
9. The Gift
In 2017, INSIDER reported on a story about a Texas man–Justin Corva–who walked three miles to and from work every day. Another man–Andy Mitchell–who happened to be traveling along the highway spotted Corva walking on the side of the road in 95 degree heat and offered to give him a ride. Corva told Mitchell he was walking to work because he couldn’t afford a car. Mitchell then snapped a picture of Corva and himself and put in on Facebook. When local business owners heard about it, they pooled their money together and purchased Corva a 2004 Toyota Camry. They also paid for a year’s worth of auto insurance, two oil changes, and $500 of gas.
8. Special Delivery
In 2018, a pizzeria in Battle Creek, Michigan, made a delivery to one of it’s most loyal customers–four hours away! And, that’s not all: The pizza shop doesn’t even make deliveries, but they made a special trip for this particular customer. Here’s why…
The customer, whose name is unknown, lived in Battle Creek about 25 years ago and absolutely loves Steve’s Pizza. “It’s just the best pizza, and we’ve never had anything as good,” the customer’s wife told Woman’s World magazine. “We’d try new pizza as a whole family and measure it against Steve’s.” But, they just couldn’t find any pizza they loved more. So, they made plans to visit the pizzeria again, but the husband was suddenly diagnosed with cancer and given just a short time to live. The wife then called the restaurant and explained the situation to the owner’s 18-year-old nephew, hoping that someone would reach out to her husband with perhaps a note or something. But, what they got was even better. The young man decided to deliver some pizzas to them 200 miles away in Indianapolis. The young man was so adamant about getting those pizzas to them that he hopped into his car after the restaurant closed (10:15 p.m.) and made the nearly four-hour drive with two pizzas in hand–one with pepperoni and mushrooms, and the other with just pepperoni. He arrived at 2:30 a.m. and dropped off the pizzas, refusing to accept any payment from the couple’s children. When the couple woke up the next morning, their children told them what had happened. “I cried and couldn’t believe it,” the wife said, according to Woman’s World. “I was incredulous.”
7. Home Sweet Home
In 2007, real estate mogul and one of Japan’s richest men Genshiro Kawamoto decided to give away eight mansions he’d built in Hawaii to homeless families in need. The families would be responsible for paying the utility bills, but the mansions, which were worth up to $5 million, were theirs for the taking. Although some say Kawamoto was motivated in part by the fact that he’d get some publicity out of it, it’s still a generous offer no less. And, we’re sure those homeless families probably weren’t too concerned about that publicity thing. After all, they do have a roof over their heads now.
6. The Organ Donor
In 2007, a man from Michigan donated one of his kidneys to a Phoenix woman he’d never met. His generous donation inspired others to do the same thing, and it even started a trend called “altruistic kidney donation,” i.e. anonymous organ donation.
A couple of other instances of altruistic kidney donation include a woman giving an 8-year-old girl a kidney after she saw a flyer about the girl needing one, and a cab driver who offered to donate a kidney to one of his passengers. Unfortunately, the cab driver wasn’t a match.
5. The Ride
It always seems like everything that can go wrong does go wrong on your wedding day. Such is the case with Maria Leonardi and Justin Stone, whose bus caught fire as they were going from their wedding ceremony to their reception. When the firefighters showed up, they not only put out the fire but also offered to give the stranded couple a ride. The bride and groom then snapped a picture of themselves along with the firefighters and posted it on Facebook. It received over 5,600 reactions.
4. Get Well Soon
Reddit user devildunkard recounted the time he and his wife received an anonymous gift for their ill child: “When my son was in the hospital after being born six weeks early, someone left a gift basket with some snacks and a few gift cards for gas and baby clothes. It just showed up in his room one day. It just said ‘In your time of need’ on it. My wife and I were pretty much living at the hospital at the time he was in the NICU. After being scared and tired for a few days it just made a huge difference for some reason.”
3. The Note
In 2017, a little girl helped brightened strangers’ days with random notes she handed out to them. One of the notes, received by a woman named Louise Sharp, read: “These are for you.” The “these” she was referring to was a bunch of daffodils and a chocolate bunny, which the little girl gave to Sharp. Touched by the girl’s sweet gesture, Sharp asked her why she did it. “Because you’re special, and people need to be told they’re special. We all need to be kind to each other. So these are [from] me and my Granddad,” she replied, according to Woman’s World magazine.
2. Put it on My Tab
Writer Susan Buzby Barnes was in a restaurant in South Florida one evening when she sat down next to a man who ended up spilling red wine on his shirt. The bartender was busy at the time, so the man asked Barnes if he could use some of her water to blot out the stain. She agreed, but what happened next was totally unexpected: “As he was leaving, he asked the bartender to add my dinner to his tab, to thank me for helping him out. Absolutely unnecessary and a total random act of kindness that made my trip,” she told Reader’s Digest.
1. A Shoulder to Cry On
Lauren Hunter told Reader’s Digest about the time a flight attendant comforted her when she was traveling from New York to Michigan after receiving news of her father’s unexpected death: “The flight was practically empty, especially at the back where I was seated. I was inconsolable in the airport and they kindly let me through the faster first-class security as a convenience, but on the plane I was crawling up the sides of the interior in emotional and physical agony. What got me through the flight though was this amazingly kind stewardess. After bringing me the whiskey I’d asked for and seeing the state I was in, [she] came and sat with me for the rest of the flight. Not saying anything, just holding me while I cried. She didn’t leave me until we had to prepare for landing. I really hope, wherever she is, she knows how much that truly meant to me.”
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