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Coffee Stand Employees Stop to Pray With Grieving Customer

Now their good deed is going viral

(Newser) - A grieving woman who had just lost her husband found solace in an unexpected place: the young employees of a local drive-thru coffee stand. The Oregonian reports employees at Dutch Bros. Coffee in Vancouver, Washington, noticed one of their customers seemed upset while waiting in her car Saturday. It turns... More »

Pilot Turns Plane Around to Help Grieving Family

They were trying to catch the last plane to Memphis for their father's funeral

(Newser) - In the week before Christmas, one Delta Air Lines pilot gave a grieving Arizona family a "gift that no one else could," Tucson News Now reports. Father of three Jay Short died after a battle with lung cancer Dec. 16. Three days later, his family was attempting to... More »

Helping Others Could Be Good for Your Mental Health

Study shows small acts of kindness help us cope with stress

(Newser) - It turns out getting in the holiday spirit can be good for your mental health. A study published last week in Clinical Psychological Science found performing small acts of kindness for others can give us an improved outlook on things and help us to better deal with stress. "Stressful... More »

'World's Most Random Good Samaritan' Strikes

Installs hubcap for guy with only 3

(Newser) - A kind stranger has created an alter ego as "the world's most random Good Samaritan" after an odd selfless act involving hubcaps. Reddit user ThatGuyBeezy explains he's been driving around with three hubcaps ever since losing one during a trip across the country. When he got off... More »

Plane Seatmate's Kindness Touches Mom, Goes Viral

Baby Rylee immediately stopped crying in Nyfesha Miller's arms

(Newser) - When new mom Rebekka Garvison boarded her 5:30am flight from Michigan to surprise her military husband in Alabama last week, she was already nervous about bothering her seatmates. Then she saw the looks on their faces, and just about crumbled. "This couple looked very annoyed and I could... More »

Trans Waitress Inspired by 'Stellar' Act of Parenting

Liv Hnilicka relates the exchange on Facebook

(Newser) - We've all seen it. A child stops and stares or points at someone who is somehow different from what they would expect. Often the parent will shush any questions and look embarrassed. But as far as Liv Hnilicka is concerned, one parent recently handled one of these moments with... More »

Woman Thanks Anonymous Hero in Newspaper Ad

'She saved my life that day'

(Newser) - A Colorado woman has reached out to thank the anonymous Good Samaritan who saved her life at a Walmart last month—via a newspaper ad. The Summit County woman, identified only as Teresa, stopped breathing after experiencing a seizure and collapsed at a Walmart in Frisco, reports CBS Denver . Walmart... More »

Cop's Kindness to Homeless Man Warms Hearts

'Truly a sign of compassion'

(Newser) - Another day, another viral post about America's police: This time, though, a Florida woman spotted a police officer's random act of kindness and posted a series of photos earlier this month celebrating Ocala Police Sgt. Erica Hay, who sat down on a curb with a homeless man to... More »

Bartender's Sweet Gesture for Fallen Soldier Is a Big Hit

A beer gets a place of honor

(Newser) - A restaurant in Washington state has honored a fallen soldier with one sweet gesture followed by a second. A servicewoman came into Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma and ordered a Corona and a Blue Moon from bartender Brian Avey, reports Mashable . Avey informed the woman that customers can buy only... More »

Cafe's Act of Kindness for Grieving Parents Goes Viral

Restaurant has reputation for caring for customers

(Newser) - This Texas restaurant goes above and beyond service with a smile. The West Side Cafe in Fort Worth is known for treating its customers like family, and the eatery's kindness went viral last week. Debbie Davis Riddle says she and her husband are regular customers, and they brought in... More »

Ailing Vet Calls 911 for Food, Gets 'Miracle'

Clarence Blackmon's story resonated with the dispatcher

(Newser) - Clarence Blackmon, an 81-year-old Army veteran, returned to his North Carolina apartment after battling prostate cancer to find his cupboards bare and his stomach rumbling. "The grocery store wouldn't deliver without a deposit and I couldn't make it there," he tells the Huffington Post . So he... More »

Teen's Kindness Toward Elderly Man Goes Viral

Photo of shop worker holding elderly man's hand is an international hit

(Newser) - Feel-good news can be hard to come by, so when Samantha-Jayne Brady stumbled upon a random act of kindness in Horwich in the UK, the 23-year-old promptly posted photographic evidence on Facebook . The act was a simple but impressionable one that resulted in more than 70,000 shares in two... More »

Couple Giving Away Hawaii Trip to 'Most Loving Person'

Cody, Eva Borek won trip when they bought new car, say they want to pay it forward

(Newser) - When Cody and Eva Borek of Alberta, Canada, bought a new SUV, they won a five-day trip to Hawaii, complete with free airfare and five-star hotel accommodations—and decided to pay it forward instead of taking the trip themselves. And so they created a Facebook page to help in their... More »

Man Feeds Homeless With 'Random Acts of Pasta'

He bought a $100 all-you-can-eat Olive Garden pass, gave meals away

(Newser) - A man in Ogden, Utah, was among 1,000 people who bought Olive Garden's 7-Week $100 Never Ending Pasta cards this fall, and he managed to use it 125 times—but hardly any pasta went to himself, reports the Deseret News . Matt Tribe confirmed with the restaurant chain that... More »

Guy Can't Pay Bill, Capital One Sends New Keyboard

MaskedKoala's number 2 key was ruined by orange juice

(Newser) - It’s a problem for the Internet era—the wonky keyboard key. For one Redditor and Capital One customer, his wonky key was the number 2 … which is part of his credit card account number. Also unable to copy and paste the required 2 in the account field online,... More »

Customer Gives $5K Tips to 3 Waitresses

After overhearing them discussing their bills

(Newser) - Three Illinois waitresses didn't pass off any extra food or give their customer any special treatment. What that customer saw Saturday was a special need for the young women, so she gave each of them a $5,000 check. "I wasn't even waiting on her," says... More »

'Layaway Santa' Pays Off $20K in Walmart Gifts

Greg Parady paid down 76 accounts

(Newser) - When Greg Parady went into his local Walmart last Saturday, he was just planning to pick up some bikes for a Toys for Tots drive. Instead, he ended up making Christmas come early for nearly 80 strangers by acting as a "layaway Santa." After hearing a shopper saying... More »

'Layaway Santas' Pay for Strangers' Holiday Gifts

Trend is on the rise

(Newser) - "Layaway Santas" started popping up around the country in 2011, and the uplifting trend appears to be on the rise this season, NBC News reports. The way it works: "Secret Santas" visit a store that offers layaway and pay down strangers' accounts. (At many stores, the final payments... More »

Is Ex-PayPal Honcho Behind 'Tips for Jesus'?

Server says tech tycoon left him $1K tip

(Newser) - Whether or not he is the big spender behind the TipsforJesus mystery , Jack Selby can probably expect an amazing level of service next time he walks into a restaurant. The venture capitalist and former PayPal exec has been identified as the man behind the massive tips left at establishments across... More »

Mystery 'TipsforJesus' Diner Drops $54K in Huge Tips

Anonymous Good Samaritan leaving considerably more than 20%

(Newser) - Someone is going around the country leaving humongous tips at restaurants under the moniker "TipsForJesus," and the Daily Dot estimates they've added up to $54,000 so far. Think tips like $1,000 on a $152 tab—you can see pictures of the receipts on Instagram . The... More »

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