I was on my way from rural SW France to London via Paris for a family catch up and had a suitcase full of clothes for the refugees in Calais which I was going to deliver in London (just to be transported back… I know, a long way round but it was the best we could do at the time). read more →
I had just dropped one of my horses off at a yard about 2 hours north of me and was returning home towing an empty horse float. It was dark, after 11pm and whilst I was only about 5 minutes drive from my home, the road was windy and quiet.
Suddenly, I felt a massive ‘pull’ on the car and heard an unholy noise. It appeared the horse float brakes had locked and even if I disengaged the electric plug from the car, the wheels were still locked and wouldn’t turn. I was a member of a breakdown service and was just getting ready to call them because if I left the float there it would’ve been in a very dangerous position on the road, plus there was the chance it could be stolen.
I was just dialing the number when a car stopped and a guy in his 20s got out. He asked me what the problem was and having explained, crawled under the horse float and somehow managed to disengage the locked brakes so I could continue on my way. To say I was grateful was an understatement and having asked his name and where he lived so I could drop off a slab of beer as a thank you present, we both continued on our way.
The next day I drove to his address (with the beer) but the front gate was locked so I left it there. I hope he got the gift because he really did me a MASSIVE favour! Thanks matey, your act of kindness will never be forgotten! – Tracy
My grandmother was the most important person in my childhood and truly made me the person that I am today. We were extremely close and had a connection that was unlike any other. She became ill and in the end hospice came in to help her stay comfortable at home as she neared the end. We had several nurses assigned to care for her over several days who were all incredible. The care and respect they showed my Gram was more than I would have ever expected. They treated her like she was their family. read more →
About six years ago I was broke, trying to go to work full-time to afford rent, etc. while I was in college. It was close to the holidays and I stopped by GameStop on my way back home from school to cancel my game reserves. When I exited the store, a woman in a van parked outside started calling me over. Even though it was broad daylight I was shy about it and retained some distance when I walked over. She started begging me to go inside and purchase a Kinect for her as her son’s Christmas gift. She explained it was painful for her to walk and that she called ahead but the employee wasn’t willing to meet her at the door, as they were the only one there and couldn’t step foot outside. I wasn’t sure how much they were so she gave me about $100 cash AND her credit card and asked me to use one or the other. read more →
One evening I dropped my youngest off at cheerleading practice and went to fill the car. As I filled up my tank, another car pulled up next to my pump. The car was rather old and dirty and as I looked at the tired-looking young driver, I tried not to be judgemental. read more →
My 9-year-old found out about a little girl who needs to go to America to have a life-changing operation. My little girl asked the head teacher at school if she could have a stand at the school fair to sell loom bands. The head flat out refused so I went to the school and basically told the head I was disappointed that my 9-year-old can show more compassion and empathy towards a stranger then the school can! (The poor little girl’s brother attends the school). read more →
Today I was out and about and noticed a woman and her daughter walking in the rain. The woman was carrying a few bags of shopping so I did a u-turn and asked if they would like a lift. The woman was hesitant but accepted my offer and put her young daughter in the back seat before getting settled in the front seat. I asked where she was going and it was not far to drive but 2km in the rain would have meant they’d be drenched by the time they reached home. read more →
My daughter (now 17) completely went against a whole class of girls in junior school that had fallen out with one girl. She would have been on her own if my daughter hadn’t remained friends with her, even though this girl had ganged up on her in the past. I thought it showed a great strength of character and the girls mum even rang to thank her. – Zara x
My 20th birthday did not start out very well. It was exam week at my university, so all of my friends were busy studying. I lived a 10-hour flight away from my family, so I felt upset and alone the entire morning. read more →
I got my hair cut today and as I was driving back, sitting at a red light, I thought about what a friend had recently said to me. I told myself I’m going to write a note and tomorrow go to one of these guys that sells newspapers on the corner (unless I see someone else) and give them the note and $5. read more →
About 20 years ago when I was in college, I was on a bunch of email mailing lists (they were groups where people on the list got emails and sent them to each other). One night around midnight I was checking my email and saw an email on one of those lists from someone (a stranger) who said she was about to kill herself. She was sitting there with a bottle of pills. She had some issues in her life that were really hard, including the death of her best friend. I wrote to her, and gave her my phone number, asking her to call me. About 5 minutes later she did. She lived somewhere in the Midwest, and I was in NJ. We talked a bit, but back then long distance calls were very expensive, so she said she couldn’t afford the call. I was just a poor college student myself, without much money, but I told her I’d call her back so I would get the charges. I didn’t know how I was going to get the money to pay for the call, but I did it anyway. I ended up talking to her for 8 hours. All the way up until 9 am when I had to go to class. She got rid of the pills while we were talking. So she did not commit suicide. read more →
I had just sat down at the breakfast counter at the local Mom-and-Pop diner when a woman of perhaps 60 years took the seat next to me. Almost immediately her cell phone rang, and she began talking to someone who was obviously distraught. She kept trying to reassure the person that everything was going to be all right, she was just getting something to eat and she’d be on the road right away. She ended the conversation with, “See you in about 8 hours” and broke the connection with a sigh. read more →