Acts of kindness

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Acts of kindness

Acts of kindness

This is a collection of stories about amazing acts of kindness that have changed lives. There’s also a list of over 100 acts of kindness you can perform to make a difference in someone’s life.

This section also has some inspiring articles about acts of kindness that started out small and turned into a huge tidal wave of goodness that helped thousands of people.

Once Homeless, Youth Seizes Job Opportunity and Gives Back

Written by Brad Aronson 3,158 Shares
Dante Wilson and Nick Bayer

During his senior year in high school, Dante Wilson started living in Covenant House, a Philadelphia shelter for homeless youth.

One day Colleen Landy, who was Program Director of the shelter, told Dante that he was going to meet with an area CEO coming to interview potential employees.

Colleen had called Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys, a Philadelphia-based hospitality company with 30 locations. Colleen asked Nick to get involved with the homeless shelter. She wanted to give young people an opportunity to mainstream, get jobs and have real lives outside the shelter.

102 Random Acts of Kindness – Ideas to Inspire Kindness

Written by Brad Aronson 16,368 Shares

How great is it that our random acts of kindness and good deeds can make someone else’s entire day?

Here are 102 random acts of kindness and good deeds that can help you carry out kindness daily and become an everyday hero.

Some of these are new ideas that I haven’t seen online before. Others aren’t as original, but a reminder certainly never hurts.

Here’s what inspired this post. . . I know an awesome teenager who was battling cancer. She was hoping to meet Taylor Swift by getting Facebook likes. (By the way, she ...

Kindness Starts with Us — 20 Meaningful Acts of Kindness for the Holiday Season

Written by Brad Aronson 2,013 Shares
Holiday Season

Holiday season tends to be a busy and stressful time. It’s also a time when we’re inspired to give back. With that in mind here’s how you can make a real difference with simple good deeds for the holiday season…

Halloween Candy for Heroes! — A Great Use of Your Extra Halloween Candy

Written by Brad Aronson 624 Shares

Donate Halloween Candy

If you’re like our family, your kids won’t need all the Halloween candy they’ll receive. You also won’t need the leftovers you have from buying more candy than you’ll be able to pass out.

A great use of that Halloween candy is to remind our troops that they’re not forgotten! You can thank our troops, make someone’s day, share your candy and even get a tax deduction. You only need to bring your candy to your local drop off location.

There are two great organizations collecting candy. Operation Gratitude, which has sent over 1.6 million ...

After teddy bear changes her life, College student pays kindness forward with 500 donated teddy bears

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Teddy Bear

“When a kid is in the hospital or homeless shelter and has a teddy bear — something special to hold onto and sleep with — it makes the experience calmer,” Nicole Javorsky said. “A lot of kids in hospitals or homeless shelters don’t have people who would give them a teddy bear, and we want to let these kids know that someone cares. We want to provide support for whatever they’re going through,”

Nicole started hand-making teddy bears and distributing them to kids after she experienced the impact of such a gift. At 14-years-old Nicole ...

A great workplace appreciation idea anyone can copy- Workplace culture

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Workplace culture

Seer Interactive has a display of thank you cards in their lobby. Any employee or visitor can take a card and a postage stamp. As founder Wil Reynolds said when he was giving my class a tour of his office, “We want everyone to be able to send a thank you note anytime. If your grandma did something for you, your parent or a client or co-worker – pick up a note and send that card.”

Putting up a rack of cards, doesn’t create a workplace culture of kindness on its own, `but it’s a ...

Retirees Help Thousands of Veterans – Offers Easy Way for Us to Help Too

Written by Brad Aronson 1,292 Shares
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In 2004, Mark and Tori Baird got a knock on their door from a Marine who’d just returned from Iraq. As in, that day.

While the Marine was serving, his wife had been laid off, and upon returning home, he discovered his wife and small children were living without electricity. Hoping to make the $100 to get their electricity turned back on, the soldier was wondering if the Bairds had any jobs around the house he could do to earn the cash.

Mark and Tori offered the Marine $100. He refused to ...

Amazing Special Education Teacher Starts Each Day with Compliments

Written by Brad Aronson 780 Shares

Special Education

As you saw in the incredible video above, teacher Chris Ulmer begins every class with compliments for each student.

Ulmer, a special education teacher, has had the same class for three years. In Ulmer’s first year, every day had a theme like “Monday Funday” and “Toast Tuesday.”

Ulmer noticed his kids were always more motivated, happier and better behaved on Toast Tuesdays (when class began with compliments), so he decided every day would start with affirmations for each student. The incorporation of 10 minutes of daily affirmations contributed to significant growth in his class. Students' confidence and self-worth have skyrocketed, some students have begun looking Ulmer in the eye, and students have started complimenting each other regularly.

How A Boy’s Small Gift Changed 1000s of Lives – Wonderful Holiday Story from Angel Tree Program

Written by Brad Aronson 1,154 Shares

Angel Tree Program

Charles and Shirley White worked for the Salvation Army in a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping Mall. They provided clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.

The Whites listened to the Christmas wishes of children who might not otherwise get gifts. Then the couple wrote the kids’ gift wishes on cards that featured angels. The cards would hang on a Christmas tree in the mall, and shoppers could take a card to provide gifts for a child. More than 700 kids were served the first year of that program (1979).

When the Whites were transferred to ...

Halloween Act of Kindness with a Teal Pumpkin

Written by Brad Aronson 1,265 Shares

Teal Pumpkin

If you ask me, our family’s biggest risk on Halloween is that our son Jack trips over whatever costume my wife made for him while he runs from house to house.

If you ask Jack, he’d probably say his biggest risk is that we run into friends and stop for a laugh or beer, slowing down his trick or treating.

My wife believes we have two big dangers — that not enough kids come to our door, since I insist on getting a huge supply of candy. And, that I’ll embarrass her with a crazy ...

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