This holiday season, take a minute to receive the gift of kindness. Check out 10 amazing acts of kindness to uplift you this holiday season.
Enjoy and please share any other acts of kindness you have witnessed or come across in the comments section.
1. Threes for Sandy Hook
The horrific school shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has left so many at a loss. As the community heals, the Newtown’s girls basketball teams resumes playing this week to kick off the team’s “Threes for Sandy Hook” program. For every three-pointer hit at the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman level, $3 will be donated to a fund for the families of the Sandy Hook victims.
Check out a video to see how the community is healing:
2. Rain, Rain Go Away
Ever accidentally leave your window down on a cloudy day and come back to find your car soaked?
Well in Savannah, Georgia you wouldn’t have to worry. A lucky driver who did just that returned to find their car had escaped the rainstorm because a kind stranger had taped plastic bags on the window and left a note saying, “Didn’t want you car to get wet. Have a nice day!”
3. Aaron’s Last Wish
Imagine receiving a $500 tip for serving a family pizza.
Well, Aaron Collins’ final wish before dying this past July was just that, for his family to go out for pizza and give the waiter or waitress a $500 tip.†To make his wish come true, his family launched a website and have since collected over $60,000, enough to give 125 waiters or waitresses a $500 tip!
Check out the first waitress that made Aaronís wish a reality:
4. Boots for Christmas
On a cold winter’s night in New York City’s Times Square, a young NYPD officer gave a barefooted homeless man a new pair of boots. Officer DePrimo, 25 years old, recalls how cold it was that night, “It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the manís feet. I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold.”
DePrimo found an open Skechers shoe store and bought the man a new pair of all-weather boots where the employee helping him offered his employee discount. Since that night he carries the receipt of the boots in his vest to remind him that “sometimes people have it worse.”
5. Twins First Flight
When the parents of 14-week-old twin boys took their sons on their first cross country flight to San Francisco they came prepared. Not only did they pack all the baby essentials one might need, but they also packed a little something special for their fellow passengers – individually wrapped packages of sweets and ear plugs with the following note:
We’re twin baby boys on our first flight and weíre only 14 weeks old! We’ll try to be on our best behavior, but we’d like to apologize in advance just in case we lose our cool, get scared or our ears hurt. Our mom and dad (AKA milk machine and our diaper changers) have ear plugs available if you need them. We are all sitting in 20E and 20F if you want to come by to get a pair.
We hope you have a great flight!
What an incredibly kind gesture!
6. Caine’s Arcade
Nine-year-old Caine spent his entire summer building a cardboard arcade in his dadís used auto parts store in East LA. The arcade was open on the weekends, but Caine had few visitors. That is until he met Nirvan Mullick, a stranger who came to his dad’s store for a part for his car.
Nirvan offered to make a short film about Caine’s arcade to help him get some customers. He also created a Facebook event to invite people to come play at Caine’s arcade which instantly went viral.
What an incredible young entrepreneur!
Watch Caine’s incredible story and the surprise of his lifetime:
7. Hurricane Sandy Relief
A pregnant couple in central New Jersey whose house flooded due to Hurricane Sandy came home to find an envelope taped to their door with the following message:
I was going to give this gift to Red Cross however I am gifting it directly to you. Best of luck with your recovery. Sorry for you loss.
Inside was a twenty dollar bill. Every little bit helps!
8. Gas for Christmas
This December, Don Reed camped out at a Tennessee gas station for an hour and surprised 80 strangers with free gas. He paid for each driver’s tank with money out of his own pocket asking for nothing in return but for folks to pay it forward.
Check out his generous act of kindness:
9. Get Better Soon
Alexis Blackburn is just five years old and spends a lot of time at the hospital instead of the playground. At just 3 years old, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a condition that gives her joint pain, blood loss, persistent vomiting, fevers, loose of appetite and weakness.
This past summer she had to have her colon removed. Her father posted a picture of her on reddit after she found the strength to walk to the playroom. Users asked what they could do to help and he said they could send her get well cards.
The next day, Alexis had†136 get well cards!
10. Puppy Love
Eldad and Sudrey Hagar, founders of the amazing organization Hope for Paws, a Los-Angeles-based animal rescue organization, rescued a sick, blind, flea-infested dog out of a trash heap in South Los Angeles.
They took the scared little poodle mix who they named Fiona home, shaved off her matted fur, gave her a bath, took her to the vet, had the vision restored in one of her eyes, and found her a home.
Check out Fiona’s incredible rescue:
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Photo Credit: Image via Reddit.