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Most of us are so used to strangers asking for favors that we often forget kind-hearted people exist. Here are some remarkable stories that showcase selfless acts of compassion that changed people’s lives.

Last Minute Concert

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A user said, “I was at a bar with my then-girlfriend. Seated next to us was an older gentleman who was alone and looking forlorn. After a time, he tapped my girlfriend on the shoulder and said, “I like the way you two talk to one another. Here’s what I’m going to do – I spent a fortune on these tickets for my wife. Unfortunately, she can’t go anymore, and I just don’t feel like going without her. So I’d like you two to have them. The only catch is that the concert starts in twenty minutes.””

Act of Service

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“A woman came from one of the farmhouses and immediately ran over to me to make sure that I was okay. I asked if she could call my mom for me; my hands couldn’t stop shaking. I gave her my phone and she called my mom, called the paramedics, and stayed with me until they were done checking on me and while I was waiting for my ride to pick me up.”, another user remarked.

Need a Hand?

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A user commented, “I still remember, just a week ago, a stranger saw me struggling with groceries, swooped in like a hero, and offered a hand. It was like a random act of kindness straight outta a movie.”

Motherly Love

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“One winter break we had to emergency land due to weather in a different state a few hours after take off. I was so stressed because I was a teenager alone at an airport, this older woman helped me talk to the airline and they gave us all a hotel voucher, she made sure I got my flight rescheduled, and they gave us all a food voucher too. We were at the same hotel so we took the shuttle together. The next morning I had to be up really early like at 3 am to go make it to my early flight , I heard a knock on my hotel door and it was the woman making sure I would be up and make it in time.”, one user said.

Emotional Support

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Another user commented, “I sat there for a while, keeping to myself, until an older lady (i would say she was in her late 50s/early 60s) approached me with a kind smile. She sat with me for about an hour and her kindness and empathy instantly lifted my spirits. That was five years ago now, and I am much better now. If you”re reading this thank you.”

Enjoy Your Ice Cream

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Someone remarked, “I told Sonia that I only had just enough money to buy two small cones and she was fine with that. She wanted vanilla and I said I was getting chocolate. The elderly couple ahead of us ordered cups of ice cream, turned, smiled at us and the old man said, ‘Have a nice evening. Enjoy your ice cream.’”

Paid Groceries

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“Paid for all of my groceries at Kmart. I haven’t forgotten that man.”, commented a passionate user.

Returning Lost Wallet

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“…realized my wallet (containing about $100 in cash plus my card, id) had fallen out. i went to customer service and nothing had been turned in. searched the store and nothing. i left and did the 30 minute drive home and saw an unfamiliar car with a woman in it sitting in front of my house. i get out and the lady meets me and has my wallet! she had found it and her daughter shared my name and was close in age so she ended up driving it over based on that! wouldn’t take any money. so grateful for that.”

Distant Friendship

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“I was on a solo trip and took a local bus to a tourist spot, but unfortunately, the tickets were sold out. As I was walking away to the nearest bus station to return to my hotel, a solo traveller who had also come to sightsee offered me a ride on his bike. He dropped me off at my accommodation, which was very far from where he had picked me up. He introduced me to beef for the first time. We talked about our lives, and I gave him some insights about this place on our way back to my stay, where he also booked a hotel nearby.”

A Home Away from Home

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“One day after a church service, two families almost got me in a tug-of-war between them because they both wanted me to come over and have lunch. One family won out and I walked to their home and had lunch. I barely knew any Hungarian, and they barely knew any English, but they weren’t shy or reserved. They absolutely filled me with food and then, they asked if I needed a nap (I did, desperately), put me in a room and let me crashish. Then, the son walked me back, in a strangely warm silence.”, someone commented.

Here’s Some Rent Money

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A user said, “A stranger once gave me a $100 bill when I was short on rent. It was a small gesture, but it made a huge impact on me and allowed me to avoid eviction. It’s amazing how a small act of kindness can really make a difference in someone’s life.”

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