5 Most Amazing Acts of Human Kindness

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With all the news we read daily about violence, prejudice, selfishness, and human tragedy, it’s easy to feel depressed and even hopeless about the state of the world. Sure, we all know that good-hearted people are out there, but simple kindness at times seems like a rare commodity. But it’s not. If you go looking for acts of human kindness, there are so many that the only difficulty is picking out the five most amazing ones.

5 Job Seekers Get Free Drycleaning

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When you’re unemployed, getting a job interview sometimes creates new problems—like, where is the money going to come from to clean your one good suit? One dry cleaning establishment put this sign in their window: “If you are unemployed and need an outfit clean for an interview, we will clean it for free.”

4 A Life-Saving Bank Transaction

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In Frederick, Maryland, one woman has more reason than most to praise the quality of customer service at her local bank. A casual conversation between Deanna Henderson, the assistant branch manager at M&T Bank in that town, and Carla Watts, one of the bank’s regular customers, led to Henderson donating one of her kidneys to save Watts’ life. After learning of Watts’ situation, Henderson insisted, despite Watts’ hesitation, that she wanted to take the blood test to see if she was a match. She was the first donor volunteer to be tested, and the last—because, as miraculous as it sounds, she was a match.

3 A Place To Shower and Power Up After Superstorm Sandy

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In the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, NY Sports Club, a chain of fitness centers with over 100 locations in the New York City metropolitan area, made its facilities available, at no cost, to area residents who needed a place to shower, recharge their electronic devices, and/or use the exercise equipment.

2 Distance Runner Helps Competitor Across the Finish Line

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In June 2012, Meghan Vogel and Arden McMath were among the competitors for Ohio state champion in the 3200-meter race. Moments before reaching the finish line, Arden McMath stumbled and fell to the ground. Instead of continuing on, Vogel helped McMath get to her feet and, holding the injured teen around the waist with her arm around Vogel’s shoulder, carried her across the finish line—in 14th place ahead of Vogel’s 15th.

1 Boston Marathon Heroes

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After the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon, there were many stories of ordinary individuals helping to rescue people. One of these individuals was Joe Andruzzi, a former player for the New England Patriots. A photographer for the Boston Globe snapped a picture of him helping to carry survivors to safety. Showing the humility typical of everyday heroes, Andruzzi declined to talk about what he did, saying he preferred the focus be kept on the fire fighters, police, doctors, nurses, medics, and other official first responders who did their jobs so admirably that day.

Kathy Kattenburg has been a writer for more than 30 years. Her articles have been published in "N.J. Jewish News" and "Suburban Essex," and she is a contributing writer at the political blog The Moderate Voice. Kattenburg has a B.A. in English literature from Drew University in Madison, N.J.

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