Was at Aldi in Kilsyth (Victoria) when my card was declined. After trying a few times and still being declined I left my shopping with the checkout lady to go get money out from an ATM. read more →

I was waiting for a bus outside a shopping centre and overheard a few teenage boys talking excitedly. At first, I thought they were boasting about picking on an intellectually disabled man and felt sick. But on listening closer, I realised they had helped the man. read more →

12 years ago, a dear friend was dying and knew she may not make it to my birthday. So she had her son got me a box of Whitman’s Chocolates (sampler) and a card. She had no family besides him, but treated my family and me with great love! It meant so much that she had such a strong desire to make me happy just days before her passing, although I never even expected anything from her. read more →

I lost my family home about a year and a half ago due to a fire. My family lost everything and I was forced to live with friends and relatives but my dad was luckily safe in a VA nursing home. With no food or clothing, we needed help with just about everything and many kind people were there for us but because we lost our vehicle, my sister and I are now unable to visit dad as much as we used to. read more →

Two years ago, my partner was having some heart problems and was in the hospital. Her birthday was coming up and her son had bought her a car as a present but she didn’t know anything about it. read more →

This past week was M’s birthday. When friends or family members ask me what she wants for her birthday, my answer is usually, “Time”.

This year, M asked us to play at her favorite playground. She asked us to go swimming at the local indoor pool. She asked to share a pizza with her grandparents and to make enchiladas and ice cream cake with a few of her friends from school. And that…was it! No toys. No gadgets. No themed, decorated party with an agenda and entertainment. Just time with friends and family. read more →

These funky little relaxation jars are so easy to make and are wonderful visual aid for helping kids calm themselves when they’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

They’re a popular aid for parents but we also encourage teachers to use them in the classroom and have included the instructions in our primary/elementary school curriculum.  read more →

We learned in church of a family whose entire house had just burned down just before Christmas.  read more →

 

There is a kid in my class with Autism. I had 3 movie cards so I gave him 10 dollars on a movie card. I also gave another one to my other friend and I still have one left. The kid with Autism was really happy and made a Thank You card for me. Also, he gave me a box of chocolate on Valentine’s Day that he only gave to his “special friends”. – Paul

I teach at a Title I school (which means over 75% of our kids are on free/reduced breakfast/lunch status). Almost every morning one of my little fellows brings me FOOD from the cafeteria (an apple, pear, box of raisins…). read more →

I looked at their grocery basket and could see it had the basics. Just what would get them by until payday. I recognized it after having been that way myself in my younger days. I remember the heartbreak of knowing my kids wanted an occasional treat we could not afford, so I told the clerk at Walmart to put her cart on my card. read more →

I went to a park and lost 4 pendants with my husband’s name, my name and my 2 boys. My family had bought them for me as a 1-year anniversary present and I was devastated. read more →