It's comforting to know that there is still some good in the world. There are so many genuinely kind people that exist, and with the way the world is now, it can be easy to lose sight of that. A lot of people have really big hearts, and are willing to help another person in need- even if they're a stranger. Here are a few stories of encounters with kind strangers.
u/keepcalmandbecalm asked: What's the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you, without asking for anything in return?
What a kind soul.
I was totally down on my luck living out of a hotel, I did have a job but not enough money to stay there until my check came.
A friend of mine bought me lunch and was telling that they couldn't help with much but this is what they had, which was $300 short.
I guess we had talked about it but I don't remember. The next thing I know this guy at the next table is leaving and he tells me not to go until he comes back.
His girlfriend / wife stayed behind even though they had paid the bill. He was back in a few minutes and he hands me $300.
I asked him for his contact info and said he didn't want it back and to keep working to stay off the streets. The man literally stopped my mom and I from becoming homeless.
I still have a job and I am in a nice apartment now but I will always remember that man's generosity. I have tried to help other people as much as I can to pay him back in some way.
Thanks for the question. It reminded me of one man's generosity of spirit and kindness and I think we all need that right now.
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A stranger bought myself and my ex dinner on Valentine's Day and the waitress said he was so happy to do it. I guess he was a widower, and doing a kind thing was enough to keep him happy through tough times. Thank you stranger.
That's so heartwarming!
It really makes a difference.
I was 18 and living away from home for the first time (from the UK, moved to Canada). I couldn't afford much so I'd walked two miles through the snow to buy bedding in a discount shop and was having a miserable day. The woman in front of me in the cashier queue put $50 on a store voucher card, handed it to me and walked away before I had a chance to react.
In the middle of a tough day, it really made a difference. Definitely the most memorable random act of kindness I've ever experienced.
That was kind of her.
When I was in Middle School, I crashed my bike in front of the supermarket. It wasn't bad, but I was shaken up. An older lady pulled over and picked me up and took me back to my home. I don't remember her name. It was so sweet.
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I was struggling through college, had maybe $30 in my account and REALLY needed gas (I commuted 25 miles to campus every day). I pull in and it's full, but a guy waves me down to pull in behind him. He says "hey I bought more than I needed so there's about $10 of gas still on there."
I almost started crying, because that got me almost four gallons of gas. It really helped me out in a bad time, and I'm forever grateful.
Some old couple gave my son 50k tickets at the arcade.
The husband was dying, this was their last trip, and had been collecting tickets for over 10 years.
That's a beautiful gesture.
Last year, we had to take our dog of 17 years to the vet to be put to sleep. It is a small office, so I am sure our bawling was easily heard from our room as we sat with her in final moments. As we were leaving, we had a nice conversation with a lady that happened to be picking up her dog. She offered her condolences, and the vet said I could just come back tomorrow to pay our bill.
I called the next day to find out how much I owed and found out that nice lady had paid our bill for us. That is easily the nicest thing a stranger has done for me.
When I was homeless and living in my truck my truck broke down.
There was a guy who lived in a house across the street from where my truck broke down and he came out and helped me figure out that the alternator had died, took me to the auto parts store paid for my new alternator and they said that it would be the next day before it would get in.
He offered to let me spend the night at his house with his family and I got to shower and a good meal and a place to sleep and the next day he took me back to the auto parts store to pick up the alternator helped me install it and gave me a little bit of cash to send me on my way.
He's a good dude and I hope everything's still going great for him.
Pay it forward.
When I was 19, had a flat tire and a kind stranger and his daughter were walking past and the dad stopped to changed my flat without any hesitation. After that, I asked my dad to teach me and have helped people change their tire.
An old lady I met on an Amtrak train when I was ten years old found out I was interested in coins. She asked me for my address and promised to send me "a couple books."
A few weeks later, a big package arrived on my doorstep. Inside was her entire coin collection, most of it carefully cataloged and arranged in coin books.
Thanks, Connie, I still think of this!