Most Heartwarming Acts of Kindness of 2018
Let’s take a moment to consider the kindness we extend to each other every day. These moving stories will reaffirm your faith in humanity.
A teen building homes for families in need
Courtesy Daniella Benitez
Daniella Benitez, a 14-year-old freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, has made it her mission to help build homes for people in need alongside the nonprofit organization, Build a Miracle. It started when her family helped build a home in Tijuana that was sponsored by Daniella’s school. “The day after completing the project, she woke up and told me she wanted to commit to building one home a year,” said her mother, Ghada. Daniella recruited a team to raise the $16,000 needed to provide a fully furnished home with running water, electricity, beds, and showers each year. She plans to personally go down and help build, paint, and furnish the homes, as well. This past spring, Daniella helped build a home that was just completed.
Candy from a stranger
Bob Williams, a 94-year-old man from Long Grove, Iowa, is making a positive impact in his community one chocolate bar at a time. He just hit a milestone of giving out nearly 6,000 Hershey’s milk chocolate bars to local residents. Every Saturday morning he buys a boxful plus a few extras for the store employees and the customer in line behind him. The rest of the week, the retired teacher and coach never leaves the house without a few in his pocket, and he hands them out to random people he meets. “I began giving out candy bars as a way to connect with the community in my hometown. I thought it’d be a nice way to get to know people in my town and bring a little cheer. Sometimes you see the same faces day in and day out, but you never really get to know them. I wanted to do something to change that,” he told Reader’s Digest. Earlier this year, he went out of his ways to make a new college student in town feel welcome.
Bob Williams是爱荷华州Long Grove的一位94岁老人。他正用一块块巧克力给他的社区带来正能量。目前，他已经实现了向当地居民赠送近6000块好时牛奶巧克力的里程碑。每周六早上，他都会买一箱巧克力，再买上一些零散的巧克力，分给店员和排队的顾客们。剩下的一周时间里，这个退休的教师兼教练出门总要在口袋里放上几个巧克力，送给路上遇到的人。他在接受《读者文摘》采访时说：“我将糖果作为保持社区居民联系的一种方式。我认为这是了解我所住小镇上的人的一种很好的途径，还能带来正能量。有时你日复一日地看到同样的人，但从未真正了解他们。我想改变这一现状。”而在今年早些时候，他竭尽全力，热情欢迎了镇上到来的一名新大学生。
Humanity for the manatees
Courtesy Roxi Foley
Roxi Foley, 8, is a fan of the show Sea Rescue, which depicts ocean rescues of marine creatures. The plight of manatees—the marine mammal is under threatened status—led her to seek out the manatee exhibit when her family visited SeaWorld this year. After speaking with the animal’s caregivers, Roxi had one clear goal: To find a way to save manatees. That would be tricky from her home in the suburbs of Chicago. Undaunted, Roxi began writing letters to friends and relatives asking for donations. (Her grandfather recommended she call her efforts Humanity for the Manatees.) Roxi also sold artwork, donated her own money, and encouraged others to share spare change for manatees. “From a young age, she’d always ask me how she was going to change the world if she was just a kid,” says her mother, Didi. She would remind her daughter that every effort helps, no matter how big or small. This year, Roxi has raised hundreds of dollars for the cause.