A 95-year-old  who missed his wife called a radio station and was invited to visit. Tears alert!

95-year-old Bill recently called in to his local radio station in Southampton (a city on the south coast of England) and shared a heartbreaking story.

Last year, he married his wife after knowing her for 30 years and caring for her for quite some time. Unfortunately, after a recent fall, she had to go into a nursing home when she was released from the hospital.

And Bill misses her terribly.


He visits his wife daily and said that every day without her is "hell." Tears.

Moved by Bill's sadness, BBC Radio Solent host Alex Dyke didn't skip a beat: He invited Bill in for coffee one morning.

Bill didn't hesitate, either. "Oh, I'd love to," he said.

And he followed through! The station sent a cab to pick him up.

GIFS by BBC Radio Solent.

Bill entered the studio, quite spry for a man of a certain age.

"I listen to you every day!" Bill told Alex. "This is a special occasion," Alex responded.

Then, they hugged. And it was kind of the best hug.

And they hugged again...

(Anyone else having all the feelings right now?!)

Bill talked about his wife — and how hard it is for him to be apart from her.

But he was happy to be in the studio, enjoying Alex's company. This man's smile could fill a room with good feelings!

Just look:

This sad-yet-happy encounter serves as a reminder for a lot of us.

Our communities have lots of "Bills" in them, and a small act of kindness — like sharing a cup of coffee and a conversation — can make a huge difference.

And let's be honest: We all know that those of us who are younger will benefit just as much, if not more, from spending a little time with our senior citizens.

If you don't personally know any senior citizens, you can check out this page for ideas. It includes a tool that allows you to enter your zip code, then spits out some local places that need volunteers to work with the elderly. Pretty cool, right?

Want to experience all of the magic? You can watch the clip here or head on over to the station's Facebook page.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.