As the leader in free online fundraising, we help people help each other. We believe kindness is powerful, and—day by day, dollar by dollar—we see it make lives better. Always on the lookout for inspirational acts of kindness, we’re excited to share these news stories of people helping each other, restoring hope and bringing communities together.
An amazing group of underprivileged girls are feeding more than 3,500 people and distributing first aid kits in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. Ranging in age from 4 to 20 years old, they live in a home for underserved girls, run by the Unatti Foundation. Their selfless acts, as part of the foundation’s relief work in the city of Bhaktapur, are bringing kindness to their neighbors and and inspiration to the world. To find out more, read this Huffington Post article.
Following the April 27 funeral of Freddie Gray, violent protests created chaos in the city of Baltimore. After a night that included 144 vehicle fires and 15 building fires, thousands of volunteers began restoring their city. Citizens showed up in damaged neighborhoods to spend the day helping residents and sweeping up debris. Participants used Facebook and Twitter posts to recruit assistance, spread the word about safe community spaces and free meals for students, and offer a view of resilience and hope in response to tragedy and destruction. For more details, read this Huffington Post article.
A New York City resident named Mike left a $3,000 tip for a waitress at a restaurant he frequented. He knew she was going through a tough time and had received an eviction notice. Mike saw the gift as his chance to honor his eighth-grade science teacher, Ray Specht. In memory of his 22-month-old son, Ray created the ReesSpecht Life foundation to cultivate kindness through pay-it-forward acts. To learn more, read this ABC News report.
In Horwich, England, 18-year-old Christian Trousedale created news around the world with a simple act of kindness. While working at the local Aldi market, he took time to walk an elderly customer home. On Facebook, a neighbor posted a great photograph of the pair holding hands, with a message to share it “if this gave you a little more faith in mankind”—and more than 75,000 people did! To quote Christian: “It is very strange because this is just something I would normally do, my parents have raised me to treat other people like you want to be treated yourself.” For more details, read this SFGate article.
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