During the fires in Victoria, (Australia) my daughter and I had to leave our home.

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When a hospital was within easy reach, I’d often organize my day so that I’d have a spare hour or two to visit a random elderly person in hospital.

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Our Positive Paw Print program encourages students to give back to the community, and one fourth-grader has taken it to heart!

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I have been visiting my mom in the state I used to live in…Texas!

I took her to brunch a couple of days ago and we had the sweetest waitress. We ordered some specialty lattes and some crepes. At one point, the waitress said we were the nicest people she had waited on that day. Anyhow, she did a great job of spoiling us and even asked if we wanted refills on our lattes just before we left.

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There’s a homeless-looking guy who stands on a corner that I pass nearly every workday. I’ve started packing an extra orange and as I pull forward in my orange car, I hold my arm out the window and put it in his hand as a glide by. Sometimes I add a dollar. It’s not much, but maybe he appreciates it. – Sharon

It’s unclear whether this is a true story or not, but to be honest, I don’t really care. It’s a beautiful tradition that I hope many other families adopt after they read this inspirational story. Enjoy!

“For the Man Who Hated Christmas”
by Nancy W. Gavin

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I was filling my car up with gas a few days ago and noticed a man with a red gas can sitting in the roof of his car and he was on the phone. He looked pretty forlorn. I filled my car up but kept being pulled back to this man. He was off to the side and not by a pump. I finished with my car then walked over to ask if he needed gas. He was embarrassed and said yes. I told him to pull his car over to the pumps and I’d fill his tank. I walked over to the pumps waiting. His car wouldn’t start. He came over with the little two-gallon red can and told me he had literally coasted on to the lot and his car was completely empty.

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Yesterday, as my partner and I were finishing our lunch at a restaurant, a young man approached us. He was a bit embarrassed to disturb us but gave us a voucher to help pay for our lunch! The voucher was valid until today and he said he wouldn’t be using it.

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I fix computers and I had an elderly man ring who needed help with his iPad. He had just come out of the hospital for a few days after spending 2 months there battling cancer.

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I was visiting someone in the hospital, and the woman she shared the room with was deaf and mute and had been her whole life. She was around 80 years old and had just had a stroke.

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My nephew was in 6th grade and kept depleting his lunch account more quickly than usual. After the second time I was refilling it sooner than expected, I asked him why. He told me there was a less fortunate boy that had insufficient food or no food at all.

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My awesome daughter came first in a running race at school as the girl who was in front of her tripped and fell. The girl who fell was so devastated at not winning that my daughter swapped ribbons with her, bringing home a fourth-place ribbon instead of first.

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