Stories of kindness and the profound effect that one act can have on our lives.

December 18, 2014

A Daughter’s First Christmas, With Help From The Neighborhood

Along with her husband and oldest son, Kim Norgren had traveled to Ethiopia to adopt their daughter, Emme. Due to travel delays, it looked like they might not arrive home in time to properly celebrate Christmas Eve with the rest of their family. When they finally made it home, though, they discovered that someone had been there already.

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December 10, 2014

Kind World #11: A House, Now A Home

Everything seemed to be going wrong in Maureen Festa’s life. Her marriage was ending, her mother was dying, and she faced having to leave the neighborhood she loved. She’d learned of a potential new apartment just down the street, but, on the day she’d planned to see it, she lost her job. To her surprise, the apartment’s landlord gave her reason to hope.

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November 26, 2014

Kind World #10: A Stranger Asks, ‘Why Not Me?’

Dr. Ferenc Jolesz’s kidneys were failing fast. The estimated wait time for a cadaver transplant was five to 10 years. He didn’t have that kind of time. But an article in the local paper led a stranger to ask, “Why not me?”

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November 19, 2014

Kind World #9: ‘A Second Mother To Me’

Every year at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Missouri, students gather for a mother/son Mass and breakfast. Having lost his mom in middle school, Michael Tambone hadn’t attended the event. But in his Junior year, Frances Schmitz, a friend’s mother, asked Michael if he’d like to go with her and her son.

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November 17, 2014

Give Thanks For Kindness With A Postcard

Are you thankful for an act of kindness in your life? From now through Friday, November 21, you can send a personalized postcard to anyone you want to thank, on us.

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November 13, 2014

Kind World #8: Strangers At The Airport

Emily Proctor was traveling to Florida to visit a friend in need. When a thunderstorm caused her to miss a connecting flight, it looked like she’d be spending the night in the airport. That’s when a stranger wrapped an arm around her, saying everything would be okay.

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November 05, 2014

Kind World #7: A Small Act Of Grace

When Maureen O’Rourke’s father was dying from Alzheimer’s, she vowed to stay with him until the end. Death seemed imminent, but days turned into weeks, and Maureen contemplated leaving her father’s side. That’s when a small gesture from a nurse gave her the strength to stay one more night.

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October 30, 2014

Kind World Returns This Holiday Season

This holiday season, Kind World returns, on-air and online, with all-new stories celebrating acts of kindness.

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January 08, 2014

Kind World #6: An Ordinary, Beautiful Life

Shelagh Gordon was another name in the obituaries, an ordinary woman who had died suddenly of a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 55. But something in her obituary stood out to a journalist at the Toronto Star. For weeks, Catherine Porter had been combing the paper, looking to profile an ordinary person through the perspectives of the family and friends he or she had left behind. What emerged was an extraordinary portrait.

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December 25, 2013

Kind World #5: A Place That’s Safe

How far would you go to a help a person in need? When Ron Jones, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, got to know a young couple who were struggling and learned about their background, he made the decision that money alone would not be enough to truly make a difference in their lives.

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December 17, 2013

Kind World #4: Reddit Sends Its Love

Scott Widak had a smile for everyone and an open heart. When he became terminally ill, his nephew took to Reddit, asking the online community to send letters to his uncle with Down syndrome and listing some of his eclectic interests. Scott’s story resonated around the world, with hundreds and hundreds of letters coming in, each recognizing something special about Scott that had resonated with the sender.

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December 11, 2013

Kind World #3: Remembering Karim

Karim Alagha worked for 25 years at a gas station in Cambridge. He was immensely loving and deeply empathetic; he asked people how they felt and truly listened to their answers. Over time, a community formed around Karim and the station. An invisible community that was not even aware of itself until Karim fell sick.

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December 03, 2013

Kind World #2: A Minister’s Challenge

Reverend Nathan Detering is minister at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Last holiday season, he tried an experiment with his congregation — “reverse offering,” where instead of members donating money to the church, they were given money instead.

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November 26, 2013

Kind World #1: When The Parachute Failed

A skydiving instructor in Texas, David Hartsock, was making his last jump for the day. His student was Shirley Dygert, a 54-year-old wife and grandmother who was jumping for the first time. When everything went wrong, Hartsock determined that there was no way they could both survive the fall, and there was only one way for either of them to survive.

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