Acts of Kindness: May 2010
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Acts of Kindness: May 2010

These reader stories about random acts of kindness will leave you feeling hopeful and inspired.

Recently I was laid up for several days with the flu. I'm a working mother of four kids who doesn't have time to blink, let alone nap. After hearing that I wasn't feeling well, my neighbor came over and completely cleaned my house! She also did my laundry, made dinner for my family, and even baked peanut butter cookies for my kids. The fact that she found the energy (and the heart) to help me was really lovely.
-- Jodi Larsen, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Traveling is always a challenge because my 7-year-old son has Asperger's syndrome. At the end of one stressful trip we had a three-hour delay at the airport. When we finally boarded we discovered that we were in the last row, next to the engine and with no window. I could see a meltdown coming on. I was on the brink of tears myself, so I desperately approached two women several rows up and offered them $20 to trade seats. They graciously refused the cash and said, "Of course we'll switch -- no problem at all." I don't think they'll ever understand how much I appreciated their kindness.
-- Tracy Przybysz, Fredonia, New York

On behalf of our daughter, Dana Drouin, and our family, we want to thank LHJ for telling her story in "Remember Me" (April 2009) and "The Kindness of Strangers" (February 2010), and thank your readers. Though dealing with their mom's death has been hard, Dana's children are adjusting well. We're grateful for your prayers and generous donations to their education fund. Dana Lynn will forever be in our hearts.
-- Laura and William Albert, Sicklerville, New Jersey

Have a heartwarming story of a random (or not-so-random) act of kindness? Whether it's an extraordinary effort by a friend or a small gesture by a kind stranger, we want to hear it! E-mail us at

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, May 2010.