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Would you give your coat to a freezing boy without one? A lot of people did and it was heartwarming.

They each took a moment trying to assess the right thing to do. But it was pretty obvious.

Would you give your coat to a freezing boy without one? A lot of people did and it was heartwarming.
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"Johannes is an actor, but all of the passers-by were oblivious to the staged scenario" in Oslo, Norway. [SOS]

Seeing social experiments like the one in this video run by SOS Children's Villages make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. We make a mental note to be kind, and then move on until the next social experiment comes along.


But we are actually surrounded by real-life, unstaged opportunities to help others every single day.

Here's what happens when we take advantage of them.

Many thanks to RandomActsOfKindness.org for sharing the following short stories:

Lost Wallet Found by Hero

Submitted by Seth from Boston Airport E Terminal Hudson News booth.

A young salesman helped me select a head pillow for a long flight. When I purchased the pillow from him, I accidentally left my wallet on the counter and walked 50 yards away and sat down in a busy terminal. 5 minutes later the same salesman comes up to me and breathlessly hands me my wallet. And this was right before i was going on a month long trip to Europe.

Thank you does not do this person's act justice, but I am forever grateful.

Someone Needs to Help...

Submitted by Taylor from Toronto.

I was walking down the stairs to get to the train at Kennedy Station, when I saw an old women who was struggling to lift her roller cart down the steps. She was already a quarter way down the steps when I saw people who could of easily helped her, running down to get the train before it left. I was bewildered how all these capable people cared more about getting on a train that came every four minutes, then helping a women in need. The women was clearly struggling, so as soon as I laid eyes on her, I ran to help. I insisted that I carry down her cart for her. She then thanked me and said "Out of all people, a young girl comes and helps me. Thank you".

More people need to stop rushing through time and focusing only on themselves or what's going to benefit them. I personally feel like its my duty to help those in need. This is our world, our society, and our fellow people. We should do our best to spread the love as much as possible.

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Figuring out what to do for a mom on Mother's Day can be a tricky thing. There's the standard flowers or candy, of course, and taking her out to a nice brunch is a fairly universal winner. But what do moms really want?

Speaking from experience—my kids range from age 12 to 20—a lot depends on the stage of motherhood. What I wanted when my kids were little is different than what I want now, and I'm sure when my kids are grown and gone I'll want something different again.

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Meanwhile, outbreaks across South America, Africa, and Asia continued, as the highly contagious virus continued to kill three out of every 10 people who caught it, while leaving many survivors disfigured. It took a renewed commitment of resources from wealthy nations to fulfill the promise made in 1959.

Forty-one years later, although we face a different virus, the potential for vast destruction is just as great, and the challenges of funding, personnel and supply are still with us, along with last-mile distribution. Today, while 30% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, with numbers rising every day, there is an overwhelming gap between wealthy countries and the rest of the world. It's becoming evident that the impact on the countries getting left behind will eventually boomerang back to affect us all.

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The international nonprofit CARE recently released a policy paper that lays out the case for U.S. investment in a worldwide vaccination campaign. Founded 75 years ago, CARE works in over 100 countries and reaches more than 90 million people around the world through multiple humanitarian aid programs. Of note is the organization's worldwide reputation for its unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people; they're known for working hand-in-hand with communities and hold themselves to a high standard of accountability.

"As we enter into our second year of living with COVID-19, it has become painfully clear that the safety of any person depends on the global community's ability to protect every person," says Michelle Nunn, CARE USA's president and CEO. "While wealthy nations have begun inoculating their populations, new devastatingly lethal variants of the virus continue to emerge in countries like India, South Africa and Brazil. If vaccinations don't effectively reach lower-income countries now, the long-term impact of COVID-19 will be catastrophic."

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