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Holiday Playlist: The Gift Of Kindness25:11
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Sometimes a small but meaningful gift can change the lives of both the giver and the receiver. In this special holiday playlist, we've put together four stories about gifts that made all the difference.

Secret Sisters

Some of the secret sisters with the Metheny family (center): Diane, Kaitlyn, Kevin and Caroline. (Courtesy of Diane Metheny.)
Some of the secret sisters with the Metheny family (center): Diane, Kaitlyn, Kevin and Caroline. (Courtesy of Diane Metheny.)
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In 2016, a group of women banded together to bring a little bit of light to a family who experienced a terrible tragedy. This story was produced by Erika Lantz.

A Priceless Collection

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Freel dives for a fly ball in a game against the Cleveland Indians on May 16, 2008, in Cincinnati. (David Kohl/AP)
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Freel dives for a fly ball in a game against the Cleveland Indians on May 16, 2008, in Cincinnati. (David Kohl/AP)

After his son, professional baseball player Ryan Freel, died, Patrick Freel was searching for a way to preserve his memory for Ryan's two young daughters. This 2018 story, which originally aired on WBUR and NPR's Only A Game, was produced by Matthew Stock.

Dying Words

Alice Saunders with Greg Ralich and her dog Maisey. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Alice Saunders with Greg Ralich and her dog Maisey. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

This 2017 story is about an unexpected gift that will always remind one daughter of just how much she's loved. This story was produced by Erika Lantz.

A Minister's Challenge

Money (Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)
Money (Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)

What happens when a church experiments with a "reverse offering": giving its congregants money instead of asking for them to donate? In 2013, one Massachusetts minister decided to find out.

Andrea Asuaje Twitter Reporter/Producer, Kind World
Andrea Asuaje was a reporter and producer in WBUR’s iLab, where she made Kind World. She's honored to share these emotional and impactful stories of hope, love and compassion with the WBUR audience.

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Yasmin Amer Twitter Producer, Kind World
Yasmin Amer is a producer and reporter for WBUR’s Kind World podcast.

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