These 10 stories of compassion will melt your heart

By CNBCTV18.COM IST (Released)

Sometimes small gestures from strangers like lending a helping hand or celebrating a birthday can touch our hearts and renew our faith in humanity. Here are some such cases

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13 to commemorate the power of kindness and the impact it has on others. Although not recognized by any international organization like the United Nations, World Kindness Day is widely celebrated around the world.

Here are 10 stories about incredible acts of kindness and selflessness to learn from.

A family’s food angel

A woman going through a divorce was worried about feeding her children. It was around this time that she started finding boxes of food outside her house every morning. This act lasted until she was able to find a job. The family never knew who left the groceries that saved their lives.

The brothers help

Online comedian Carlos Davis and his brother offered to help a woman who paid pennies for her gas at a gas station. After Davis covered the expenses, the woman burst into tears, telling them she had lost her husband a week earlier. When asked how she would repay them, the brothers told the woman to repay with another kind act for someone else. A video shared by Davis of their interaction with the woman on Twitter in October 2018 has become hugely popular on social media.

act of solidarity

Nine-year-old Marlee Pack had to undergo chemotherapy after being diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer, in 2015. When it was finally time for her to return to school, Pack feared that she’s not the only one with a shaved head.

To show that she was not alone in this case, her friend Cameron McLaughlin also shaved her head in solidarity. Following the act of kindness, 80 students and some teachers at Meridian Elementary School in Broomfield, Colorado also shaved their heads at an event called “Be Bold, Be Brave, Go Bald.” They raised over $25,000 for a cancer research organization called St Baldrick’s Foundation.

Tribute to a Veteran

RAF war veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival, who served in the Second World War, died in 2013 in a nursing home. As he was single, he had no family members to attend the funeral ceremony. A notice was placed by the funeral director in a Lancashire newspaper asking people to attend the service in honor of the veteran. No less than 200 people attended the ceremony to pay tribute to Percival.

Exemplary sportsmanship

Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Abbey D’Agostino of the United States were two athletes who competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016. During the qualifying round for the 5000 meter race, Hamblin fell and accidentally tripped D ‘Agostino, who injured his foot. Despite being competitors, Hamblin helped D’Agostino finish the race after the crash. Both athletes were rewarded for their acts of “selflessness and exemplary sportsmanship”.

“You made my day”

In 2020, when India announced a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, a number of people, especially the elderly, were cut off from family and friends. One such elderly resident of Panchkula in Haryana, Karan Puri, was suddenly visited by police in April this year. When Puri identified himself, the officers sang “Happy Birthday” to the tearful man. The police also brought him a birthday cake. “You made my day,” Puri is heard saying in the heartwarming video that melted the hearts of people across the country who praised the officers for the thoughtful gesture.

Baba Ka Dhaba

During the pandemic, many street vendors have been affected due to lack of activity. A video of one such vendor, Kanta Prasad, 80, was shared by a food blogger on Instagram in October 2020. Prasad and his wife, Badami Devi, had been running their food stall, Baba Ka Dhaba, since 1990 in Malviya , in South Delhi. Nagar. When blogger Gaurav Wasan visited him and asked how much he earned, Prasad said “very little” and broke down.

As soon as the blogger shared the video, it went viral and people gathered at the small restaurant to help the elderly couple. The couple received funds from all over the world. For a time, Prasad and Wasan argued over allegations of embezzlement. However, the two reconciled their differences later and Prasad opened a restaurant.

The dancing doctor

Dr Arup Senapati was on duty in Assam in April 2020 during the pandemic. It was during her stressful hours in the hospital that Senapati found a unique way to motivate herself, her patients and other frontline workers: dance.

A video of the doctor doing an impromptu dance in October was filmed by his colleague and released. The video went viral. Senapati was also praised by Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan.

A friend for life

When a woman on the local Mumbai train saw a lady in her compartment struggling to find a ticket or money to replace it, she offered to help. After the incident, the two continued on their way. However, a few days later, the woman met the same lady at the market and she wanted to refund the ticket. The two ended up having coffee together and being lifelong friends.

Celebrities in action

In 2015, Mateo, a cancer patient from Uruguay, was told he would see a Spanish doctor when he arrived at the Perez Scremini Foundation. After talking to a ‘Dr Federico Gonzalez’ online for a while without the screen showing the doctor, Mateo met his idol – Barcelona striker Luiz Suarez.


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