Random Acts of Kindness

Featured Article,Hometown Heroes,People,Traditions
December 10, 2012


Each year, “American Profile” invites readers to share heartwarming stories about ordinary people doing thoughtful deeds without expecting recognition or acknowledgement in return. Here are stories about a few of our favorites.

Zuraida Dutra with firefighting friends in Turlock, Calif.

Acts of Kindness 2012

Readers share stories about compassionate and generous acts of kindness performed by friends, family, neighbors and strangers

Students at Mountain View Elementary School, in Longmont, Colo., sport new winter hats because of an act of kindness facilitated by the school librarian.

Acts of Kindness 2011

Quiet deeds by friends, neighbors and strangers

From left: Bill and Kim Reynolds welcomed neighbors Wes and Bobbi Orr into their single-story home in Gahanna, Ohio, while Wes recovered from double knee surgery.

Acts of Kindness 2010

Thoughtful and selfless deeds restore faith in humanity

Cancer patient Evan Pertile, 6, known as "Colonel Evan" to his Army friends, shows off his uniform.

Acts of Kindness 2009

Soldiers, neighbors, friends, strangers share kind gestures

The extended Gordon family embraces the spirit of Christmas by performing good deeds for others.

Acts of Kindness 2008

For this Arizona family, good deeds are a holiday tradition

Mary Shanahan and Carol Wiebold recycled old stage curtains into soft, warm donations.

Acts of Kindness 2007

Stories of ordinary people doing thoughtful deeds

A good deed landed Jackie Morris (left) a job at McDonald's from Mike Bold, the restaurant's general manager in Alton, Ill.

Acts of Kindness 2006

Collection of stories about ordinary people doing remarkable deeds


Acts of Kindness 2005

Our fifth annual account of ordinary Americans doing good deeds for one another

Mike Schulte uses his truck to help neighbors plow snow of their driveways in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Acts of Kindness 2003

Readers share inspirational acts of kindness given or received by family, friends and strangers


Acts of Kindness 2002

Readers share acts of kindness—both given and received


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