Acts of Kindness: April 2010

These reader stories will leave you feeling hopeful and inspired.
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Crossing Guard

On my walk to work I occasionally see a blind woman walking with her guide dog. One rainy morning I noticed the woman standing at the curb, trying to get her dog to cross the street. But the dog wouldn't budge because there was a big puddle. The woman seemed confused and frustrated. Then a man came over to her and said, "Hello, ma'am. Your dog doesn't want to cross because there's a puddle. Take my hand and I'll help you cross the street and keep your feet dry." I actually teared up. It made my day to see such a kind gesture.

-- Kate Goldrick, Dumont, New Jersey

Perfect Stranger

Last year was hard. My husband and I lost our business and also had to pay more than $20,000 in health-insurance costs. To cut down on food expenses we stock our big freezer with meat we buy in bulk. So when I went out to the garage one day last summer and found the freezer door open -- and thousands of dollars' worth of ruined food -- it was devastating. A few days later three readers of my blog,, showed up at my house with food to restock my freezer. What made this gesture even more amazing? They live more than 400 miles away!

-- Diane Lang, Columbus, Ohio

Play It Forward

Three years ago I was looking on Craigslist for a used piano so my 7-year-old son could learn how to play. I found a lovely Victorian piano and called the owner, with whom I really connected over the phone. She decided right then that she was going to give it to me for free because I wanted it for all the right reasons. As if that wasn't enough, she also shipped it to me -- at her own expense! Needless to say I was extremely touched by her kindness and will always be grateful.

-- Fran Karoff, Milton, Massachusetts

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, April 2010.


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