We live in a world where we’re constantly bombarded by bad news. It’s a world full of crime, terrorist attacks, and selfish people who would trample over others just to get ahead. But there’s good in humanity too, and these are some examples of the most selfless and kindest people out there. Their actions have helped restore our faith in humanity and inspired us to better ourselves because let’s face it, it’s not that hard and it’s the only way we’re going to change the world. It’s time to stop complaining and start doing!
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN BLOOD
James Harrison knows the importance of donating blood ever since he needed a transfusion when he was young. He started donating when he was 18, and doctors quickly realized that his blood possessed a rare antibody for an even rarer condition, Rhesus disease, which affects pregnant women and their gestating babies. He’s been donating blood regularly for the last 60 years and it’s estimated that he’s saved the lives of more than 2 million babies since. Due to his age, 2017 is the last year he’ll be able to donate, but no one can take away this man’s legacy.
THE YOUTUBER WHO GAVE BACK TO HIS PARENTS
Joey Trombone had the most wonderful gift for his parents on Christmas morning. After opening all the other presents, he started recording with his camera as he gave his parents a plain white envelope and said “Sometimes the best gifts come in the lamest packages.” His mother looked confused at first, but immediately realized what she was reading and started crying tears of joy. His father also looked at the letter and started weeping. Joey had paid the rest of his parents’ mortgage in full. Now they can enjoy their new debt-free life together.
THE CUSTOMER ON A MISSION FROM GOD
Sarah had been a waitress in the same restaurant for the last 7 years, and sometimes money can be tight in this profession. She was also pregnant and her boyfriend had knee surgery coming up, so she felt the need to work as many hours as possible before giving birth. Then, a miracle happened. A customer in one of her tables left her a tip of $900 on a $61.30 check, with the message “This is God’s money - He gave it to us so we could give it to you.” She couldn’t believe her eyes and couldn’t be more grateful to this mysterious but extremely generous customer.
THE GUY WHO ENDED HIS ATHLETIC CAREER TO SAVE A LIFE
When asked about doing a swab test for a bone marrow donation campaign during his sophomore year, Cameron Lyle thought nothing of it, as they told him the odds of him being a match were 1 in 5 million. A couple of years later and just a few weeks before his departure for a couple of track and field championships, he got a call telling him he was a match to a 28-year-old man suffering from leukemia. Without a doubt in his mind, he talked to his coach and underwent the procedure, where he was subjected to more than 200 injections to extract his bone marrow. “Sport is not bigger than life. Sport is a part of life,” said his coach and gave Cameron his blessing.
THE RANDOM STRANGER WHO PAID IT FORWARD
When money is tight, you start prioritizing groceries and other essentials instead of buying superfluous and unnecessary stuff. Although this man’s tires weren’t a major necessity, he had the fortune of reading this note when he came back to his car. A stranger had “paid it forward” and gave him a new set of tires, only asking that he do the same in the future.
A WOMAN WHO UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF PROM DRESSES
Breann Hollis thought it would be nice to take some of her friends’ old prom dresses and donate them to a charity, so she posted online that she was looking for people to donate theirs. Overwhelmed with her community’s response, she suddenly found herself with 175 dresses in her hands. She created the Princess at the Prom organization with the mission of helping girls find a nice and free dress for their prom night. They even get free makeup and hair appointments. The girls were incredibly happy and some even chose to pay for their dresses.
THE SCHOOL WORKER WHO HELPED FEED CHILDREN
Della Curry worked in a Cherry Creek School cafeteria, and was unfortunately fired for giving away free food to hungry children. The school offers free meals to kids who meet the criteria laid out by the federal income guidelines, but sometimes the financial situation for these families changes, or sometimes a child will forget his food at home. While she was giving food to children who could technically afford it, she believed what she was doing was the right thing and the school’s policies were misguided. When a colleague reported her to her superiors, she was immediately fired. She has since started the No Child Goes Hungry Facebook page and is now fighting the current policies on school meals nationwide.
MORE THAN 20 STRANGERS COME TOGETHER TO SAVE A DROWNING CHILD
In a skillfully coordinated act, a police officer asked random beachgoers in the UK to form a human chain to try and save a 12-year-old who was drowning. Josh McQuoid was only knee-deep in the water when a strong wave carried him away from the coast. Wave after wave pounded on him and he couldn’t reach the boy, but fortunately constable Bryan Farquharson was on the scene and he was able to put together this incredible feat of human kindness.
THE WOMAN WHO DONATED A KIDNEY TO A COMPLETE STRANGER
Michael Newman, a retired police sergeant, needed a new kidney to survive after getting the news that his liver was not functioning right two years ago. He was on the waiting list, but the average time for him to get a new organ was up to three and a half years. The Police Department launched an email campaign pleading for a donor to come up. Kellie Boff, a local woman who saw the email “felt drawn to it” and decided to step up and be that donor. In a surprising turn of events, she was compatible with him and they went ahead with the transplant. “We didn’t know each other before, but we’re certainly family now” they said.
THIS 21-YEAR-OLD WHO SAVED 7 LIVES SIMPLY BY SAYING YES ON HIS DONOR CARD
Henry Mackaman was a University of Wisconsin college student who died from bacterial meningitis in 2013. His family was devastated but was also glad when they realized he had checked the “organ donor” box on his driver’s license. His organs were immediately harvested and 7 people were saved thanks to him.