Good Deeds

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Good Deeds

Good Deeds

Good deeds happen all around us.

These stories range from a list of good deeds we can perform (there are over 100 good deeds in this section) to examples of inspirational people who perform good deeds regularly and whose good deeds have turned into movements impacting thousands of lives.

All of these good news stories inspire me with examples of ordinary people making an extraordinary difference through good deeds.

Once Homeless, Youth Seizes Job Opportunity and Gives Back

Written by Brad Aronson 3,169 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 17,087 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 2,012 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…

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

Written by Brad Aronson 627 Shares

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 ...

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

Written by Brad Aronson 1,292 Shares
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(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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 ...

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

Written by Brad Aronson 1,156 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 ...

This Teacher Has an Awesome Kindness Idea that We Should all Copy

Written by Brad Aronson 1,631 Shares

Here’s Helen Mrosla’s great kindness idea

Give each member of your family, team, class or group a piece of paper with the name of every group member on the piece of paper. Tell each group member to “write what you appreciated about each fellow group member next to the person’s name” (or you can give out notecards and instruct everyone to “write what you appreciate about each group member on a separate notecard”). The leader collects all of the sheets/cards.

Awesome Kindness Idea

All of the comments are organized so each person gets a page (or the ...

Classroom Kindness – A class visitor said the best thing to one of my anxious students

Written by Brad Aronson 1,045 Shares

Classroom Kindness

My teenage students worked on a project to help SEPTA (our area’s public transit) solve a business problem. For many of my students presenting their solutions to SEPTA was the first time the students had presented to an audience outside of our class.

When we presented to SEPTA one of my students was extremely nervous and flustered. He said, “I’m sorry, I’m really nervous.”

A SEPTA executive responded: “Please don’t apologize. You’re nervous because you care. Thank you for caring.”

What a great thing to say. This broke the tension and helped my student relax....

Thank You Neighbors – for Your Act of Kindness

Written by Brad Aronson 439 Shares

Our neighbors noticed that we had a lot going on and could use a distraction.

So our neighbors put this bag in our mailbox.

Act of Kindess

A small act of kindness (like a little gift) at the time you need it can make a huge difference. And, our neighbor’s gesture did make a huge difference.

Simple and appreciated!

An act of kindness I’ll definitely copy to use for someone else.

Want ideas for your own acts of kindness? Here are 80 fantastic, random acts of kindness you can do to make someone’s day....

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