In remembrance of the brave men and women who helped in small and big ways 11 years ago after the September terrorist attacks, we’ve compiled a list of 11 acts of recent kindness.
- An old woman was in the midst of crossing a road with obvious difficulty when an SUV stopped mid-intersection. The male driver put on his emergency lights, and then left his vehicle to help the woman across the street with her bags and walker. Once he safely got her to the sidewalk he went back to his vehicle and drove away. You can watch the video here.
- A San Diego police offer was gunned down on duty, but not before stopping at a McDonald’s and paying for a small boy’s cookies. Surveillance footage at the restaurant caught the bittersweet gesture on tape, and off Jeremy Henwood will be remembered for his bravery and his kindness.
- An Ohio track student intentionally finished dead last in order to help an injured competitor over the finish line. Although Meghan Vogel won the state title for the 1600 meter race, she’ll be remembered in the 3200 meter race as the girl with a heart of gold. See video of the heartwarming finish here.
- Eldad and Audrey Hagar and rescued a blind, sick, flea infested a poodle mix from a trash heap. They named her Fiona and created nationwide fundraising effort that raised $4,000 for an eye surgery, giving Fiona back her eye sight in one eye. She now lives with a doting family and is thriving. You can see video of Fiona’s rescue here.
- Showing that acts of kindness can extend to other countries, a young American man visiting China sat on the ground with a homeless old woman, sharing his french fries with her. A tourist on the street caught the exchange on camera and the tape made its way through Chinese micro blogging sites.
- Cyclist Lewis Dediara of London wears a head-mounted camera. Unusual, yes. But that seems to be commonplace with him. When he saw a homeless man rifling through the garbage looking for food, he took him inside a convenience store and offered to buy him whatever he wanted to eat and drink. Read the story and view the video here.
- Dad of the Year goes to Kyle Blackburn. After he posted on the website Reddit.com asking for cards for his sick daughter Alexis, the 5-year-old received a flurry of cards and well wishes from caring strangers. The support inspired another Reddit user to create a thread seeking other sick children in need of encouragement.
- A couple in their mid-50s adopted three young children whose lives were in crisis. The children were living in and out of shelters and in homes filled with domestic violence. They now have a stable home thanks to this loving older couple who decided to become parents—again! You can read their full story here.
- A Canadian man driving his Hummer in a shopping center parking lot used his car to block an oncoming vehicle from hitting four children about to cross the street and be run over. The 23-year-old driver of that car was speeding 50mph and talking on his cell phone. You can watch video of the incident and read more on the story here.
- New York City bus driver Steven St. Bernard was going home from work when he saw a 7-year-old fall from a third-story apartment building window. Family members said the autistic child was supposed to be asleep, and were not aware she had climbed out the window to play on her family’s newly-installed air conditioner. The rescue was caught on video. St. Bernard tore a tendon in his hand, but the girl was found to have no major injuries once transported to the hospital.
- A man who owns a car dealership announced he’s be selling it and retiring. His 89 employees were all relieved to be keeping their jobs. However, they never expected the checks their boss would hand out his last day—$1000 for every year they worked for him. See video and read the story of this inspiring CEO here.
Thank you to all the men and women for their inspiring acts of kindness. Let’s all follow in their footsteps, especially today of all days.