Acts of kindness and generosity can come in many different forms. You could hold the door for someone who is having a bad day and put a smile on their face. By doing this they are able to touch our soul in a way that will leave us with a memory that we will never forget.
I’ve written many stories that have ended with someone being brutally injured or dead. I’ve written stories where someone is suffering from a disease or condition that’s left them fighting for their life. I agree that these stories need to be written because everyone’s story needs to be told. But I also believe that good deed stories need to be told as well. Below you will find overheard good deed stories that will bring tears to your eyes.
A Memorable Christmas: Amy Scharman, who lives in Mapleton, Utah remembers the Christmas after her parents got divorced. Her mother was raising 13 children with no child support. Amy says that the holiday was looking really grim as her mom tried to make things special. But on Christmas Eve, Amy remembers hearing a knock on the back door of the house. When they proceeded to open the door, there was no one there. But what was there was 10 bags filled with gifts for all the children. To this day, Scharman and her family still have no idea who left those gifts. Could it have been Santa Claus?
A Mother Will Always Care: Donna Delfino Dugay, who is from Harper Woods, Michigan, remembers a good deed that will always stick with her. She was 11-years-old and her parents took their six children to the beach. Donna’s mother brought a picnic lunch that consisted of fried chicken and her famous potato salad. She prepared a plate for each of them. While Donna was eating, she noticed that her mother was fixing one more plate. She watched her mother walk about 30 feet to a man who was searching through the garbage can by himself. She tapped him on the shoulder and gave him the plate of food. Donna’s mom came back to the picnic table and didn’t say a word. Donna says that after that moment, good deeds became a part of her life.
Tears of Gratitude: This story takes place in San Jose with a single mother. She was dropping off her toddler at daycare but was running behind schedule. She was going to take the train but then it showed up before she could buy a ticket. She had her daughter in one arm and a diaper bag in the other and ran for the train without a ticket. She made it onto the train, but at the very next stop, an officer got on the train. The woman prayed that he wouldn’t start checking tickets, but sure enough, he did. But the unthinkable happened next. A young man who was seated in front of the woman showed his ticket to the officer. When the officer turned his back to check another person’s ticket, the young man slipped his ticket to the woman. The man had seen the woman running to the train with her baby in her arms and knew that she should not be punished.
Just Smile: With people living such busy lifestyles and constantly on social media, people have trouble taking compliments and talking to each other. One guy noticed this and decided to do something about it. He went to a university campus and started handing out roses to random girls. He would let them know that they’re beautiful on the inside and out, and no matter how busy they get someone will always appreciate them. I watched the video and I can tell you that it touched me just as much as it did for everyone who received a rose.
Giving At Work: David Hutmacher remembers the generosity he received when he was sick a while back. David stayed in the hospital for three days and had no more vacation days or sick days, which meant the money would be taken out of his paycheque. It was around Christmas time and David was worried that he wouldn’t have enough money to make Christmas special for his wife and two children. His wife was a school teacher and she was barely keeping everything together. David wasn’t scheduled to go back to work until the end of January in the new year. But on December 15th, David received a paycheque. The cheque had a full pay period and also the pay he was missing from his previous pay period because of the absences he had to take. The employees at his work all donated any vacation they had left so he could get paid.
A Hero Pays for A Hero: Liz Woodward, who is a waitress, served a bunch of firefighters who were battling a blaze at a local warehouse. They were on the job for 24 hours and were absolutely exhausted from it. So instead of bringing them the bill, she brought them a note that said “breakfast is on me” and proceeded to thank them for all that they do. One of the firefighters, Tim Young, posted the story and the note on Facebook and urged people to go eat at that diner. He then found out that she had a GoFundMe page where she was trying to raise $17,000 to buy her father a wheelchair accessible van. So Young posted on Facebook again telling the public that she’s the one who really needed the help. His posts helped generate $67,000, which is $50,000 over her goal.
Kindness Crosses Boundaries: A senior couple on the subway noticed that a young man was all dressed up, probably going to an interview, but was having trouble tying his tie. So the elderly husband went over to the young man and started to show him how to tie his tie. You can also see that the elderly woman is trying to block the view of other people trying to sneak a picture or spy on the young man.
A Christmas Miracle: Carol Suchman shows what Christmas is all about. She walked past a storefront in her West Village neighborhood, when she noticed that there was a store with a “Going out of business” sign. She went into the store, and after a bit of negotiating, she was able to purchase the store’s entire inventory. She immediately donated that entire inventory to the city’s Department of Homeless Services.
The Good Push: Shelby Hudgens hasn’t been able to recover from becoming homeless since his house burned down. But that didn’t stop him from being a Good Samaritan and helping push people’s cars out of the snow. A news crew interviewed him about his good deed, and three hours after that interview, a GoFundMe campaign was set up. It raised over $23,000 for Shelby.
Piggybank Smash: Jack Swanson managed to save up $20 in pennies to put towards buying himself an iPad. But when he heard that a place of worship was vandalized, he took out every cent he had in his piggy bank to help. The Islamic attorney heard what this little boy had done and sent him an iPad courtesy of the Muslim community.
Simple Question Saves A Life: Jamie Harrington was not expecting to save a man’s life while walking to buy a sports drink. On his way to the store in Dublin, Ireland, Jamie noticed a man sitting on the edge of a bridge in tears. He managed to talk the man into coming off the bridge and sat with him for another 45 minutes listening to his problems and consoling him. Jamie convinced the man to check into a hospital, and the two exchanged phone numbers. Sometime later; the man texted Jamie to tell him that he and his wife were giving birth to a baby boy and they were going to name him Jamie. The man says that the first thing Jamie said to him when he was on that ledge was “Are You Okay?”
Teen Befriends Couple: Mylak Bonnet, 17-years-old, had just finished work in Montreal, Canada. He was waiting for the bus and he noticed a couple that was also waiting. He didn’t like the way the man was treating his girlfriend, and she also looked really scared. He knew he wanted to intervene, but how could he do it safely? Then the man asked Bonnet if he had any fare money he could give to him and his girlfriend. He mentioned that they were going to Laval. Not only did Bonnet give the money, but he also said he was going to Laval. So he hopped on the same bus as the couple and when they were about to get off, he offered to buy them dinner. When the three of them went for dinner, Bonnet pretended to go to the washroom where he used a stranger’s phone to call the police. When the police arrived, they informed him that they were already looking for the couple. The woman had been reported kidnapped a few hours earlier.