Some days, any journalist will tell you, can be a slow news day. Wikipedia tells us that such days are a time when media organisations publish trivial stories due to the lack of more substantial topics. Slow news days occur on days without major headlines, and allow the media to report smaller stories that otherwise would not have hit our screens and papers.
We would hope that these “smaller” new stories would include reports of human kindness, generosity and charitable acts. And they often do. But what happens to the “good” news when it isn’t a slow news day? When disaster strikes, or terrorists attack, or there is a major upheaval in the political space-time continuum? Stories of altruism and brave people are drowned out by the cacophony of shouted headlines. Swept away by the tidal force of “important” journalism.
For Kudo such days are our slow news days. And it’s at those times we turn to the web to find the light of human kindness. What follows is a collection of those stories we have found. They aren’t news, they may not have even happened in the last 12 months, but they are in every case a shining example of the human spirit.
Here are five stories that we found:
The Man at the Market
When the supermarket clerk tallied up my groceries, I was $12 over what I had on me. I began to remove items from the bags, when another shopper handed me a $20 bill. “Please don’t put yourself out,” I told him.
“Let me tell you a story,” he said. “My mother is in the hospital with cancer. I visit her every day and bring her flowers. I went this morning, and she got mad at me for spending my money on more flowers. She demanded that I do something else with that money. So, here, please accept this. It is my mother’s flowers.”
Leslie Wagner, Peel, Arkansas via Readers’ Digest
Honesty in the face of adversity
The story of homeless man Glen James involved many acts of kindness. The first was his own. When Glen, who had been living on the streets of Boston, found a backpack stuffed with $42,000 he decided to turn it over to police so it could be reunited with its owner, rather than keep what would undoubtedly have been a life-changing loot. But after reading about his honest act, Ethan Whittinghton set up a fund for Glen. Donations flooded in from around the world, eventually raising more than $100,000 to change the homeless man’s life after all.
Source: Daily Mirror
When my husband died unexpectedly, a coworker took me under her wing. Every week for an entire year, she would send me a card saying “Just Thinking of You” or “Hang in There.”
She saved my life.
I realised I was in the next town, about a 90-minute walk away from home, on a fairly cold night, with no money
About 10 or 11 years ago as a student, I went to a birthday party which was in a brewery where you paid up front and could then drink as much as you wanted.
I think I’d been out the night before without any sleep too, this was my habit in those days, now I have a job and am bald.
Anyway I lived about 40 minutes outside Dublin city and I got on the nightbus to go home, absolutely wasted, and of course ended up falling asleep.
As I opened my eyes, in a complete state, I was being shaken by a few slightly older lads, who asked had I missed my stop. I then realised I was in the next town, about a 90-minute walk away from home, on a fairly cold night, with no money.
There was about 10 of them, all very drunk and they then proceeded to stage an “appeal” with other passengers, in the style of one of those ads about donating money for refugees or to cure a disease.
Like “this young man has fallen asleep on the nightbus – please give what you can – he doesn’t want hand-outs, he just wants to get home to his family” etc etc.
After about 10 minutes of this they had enough for me to get a taxi and they all waited on the street with me until one came, then formed a guard of honour as I got into it, shaking their hands and thanking them.
I guess nowadays this would be the kind of story that gets posted as a video on #banterbible or something, but I still think it was a nice thing to do, even if in hindsight the other passengers were prob intimidating into donating money just so some middle class student could get home.
Finally you’re discharged after a few days. You walk towards your car, exhausted by the strain. As you get closer you notice a parking ticket. Your heart sinks as you reach out to open it.
Inside the envelope is a note that reads,
“Hi there, I saw your car had a parking ticket on it. I’m sure whatever you’re going through at hospital is tough enough, so I have paid for you. Receipt #, paid on Sunday 08/08/15 at 11:05am. Hope things get better!!”
The story became popular in Canberra last year. The lady who found the note resorted to Facebook to thank the mysterious angel named Laura. Although Laura couldn’t be traced, she restored a lot of people’s faith in humanity, mine included.
Have you experienced a random act of kindness? Let us know in the comments below.Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2017 Kudofeed