People Describe The Most Random Acts Of Kindness They'll Never Forget

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Vote up the most heartwarming stories of seemingly random kindness.

Have you ever turned on the news and felt overwhelmed? Lately – between the hurricanes, the wild fires, the terrorist attacks, and the overall political landscape – it appears as though news headlines have been pretty grim. It may seem like there's no goodness left in the world... that is, until you hear real people describe random acts of kindness.

These unbelievably true stories about random acts of kindness are a glimmer of hope, and the truth is, it doesn't take a whole lot to be kind. From something as small as slipping a stranded stranger a $20 bill, to an act as generous as putting estranged siblings through college, these stories about kindness from Redditors span the entire spectrum of good deeds.

The world is teeming with good people willing to lend a helping hand. These true stories about random acts of kindness beg the question: When was the last time you decided to pay it forward?


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    1,374 VOTES

    Truck Stop Police Officer And The Bus Ticket Home

    From DonnaGrn:

    "I was sitting in a truck stop in Arizona on a cold winter evening. There was an old man there, stranded about 150 miles from home. A local police officer approached him, and everyone at the coffee counter got quiet, expecting that he was going to be asked to leave. The officer bought him a bus ticket home, and since the bus wasn't leaving until the next day, the officer got him a room for the night at a hotel right next to the bus station. Every heart in the place was uplifted that night."

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    From A Mexican Restaurant To Med School

    From Emilia0659:

    "Quick Summary: my parents haven't really been there for us three kids since the divorce. Two of us got kicked out at 17-18 [years old], and the 13 year old at the time was left between fighting parents. I just took custody of him because of the stress (three years later, and [I am] finally old enough to get him).

    The now 16 year old works part time at a Mexican restaurant. I went in to pick him up from work, and the owner was at the bar. He asked me why I always picked him up and where the parents were. I gave him a quick run down, but not too much. He offered to pay the rest of my college tuition so that I could provide for my brother better, and he also just set up a fund for him.

    I'm now going through medical school for free, and my little brother will be able to attend for free once he's out of high school. I'll never be able to thank him enough. He only knew my little brother as a hard working dishwasher, and now he's provided a future for us. I can only hope that I can do the same for a kid in my distant future."

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    1,134 VOTES

    Dog's Best Friend

    From Whatsamattahere:

    "My dog was very sick. I'd been back and forth to the vet, and it was really beginning to add up. I was freaking out about money when the vet office called to say that someone had donated a bunch of medication to me and my dog. They wouldn't tell me who, but it ended up saving me a sh*t ton. I still don't know who it was, but I was so, so, so grateful."

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    The Fairy Grandparents

    From RazeCrusher:

    "[I] was at Walmart getting a couple of groceries with my wife and kids. It was a particularly tough year. [I] had lost my job, bills were piling up, and we were close to tears every night because we had no idea if we were even going to be able to afford to give our kids anything for Christmas.

    I left for a different aisle to grab something, and while I was gone, an elderly couple approached my wife, and the woman gave her a $100 bill and just said, 'Merry Christmas.' [My wife] tried to give it back, but they wouldn't hear of it. Apparently, they didn't have any kids or grandkids, so every year they try to find someone with kids and give them a gift. My wife started busting into tears in the middle of the store and gave the woman a hug.

    It made the difference that year, and I'll never forget it. As soon as we get a bit better off monetarily, I plan to repay the debt and pay it forward to someone else."