Good Samaritan

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He Was Handing Out Cash to Strangers, Got Fatally Shot

Good Samaritan got into verbal altercation that quickly turned physical

(Newser) - Craig Brewer was paying for strangers' meals and handing out $20 bills at a Gainesville, Florida, Waffle House when the 41-year-old good Samaritan was shot to death. The incident took place just after 3am Sunday, per the Alachua County Sheriff . Deputies had already been called to the scene before the... More »

$273M Mega Millions Winner Forgot Ticket at the Store

Luckily, a Good Samaritan turned Michael Weirsky's tickets in to store workers

(Newser) - We all know what it's like to be distracted by our cellphones. But for Michael Weirsky, that distraction nearly cost him a $163 million. That's how much the New Jersey man is about to receive in one lump sum after one of his Mega Millions tickets hit the... More »

Good Samaritan Stopped to Help, Paid Awful Price

Robert Bruno Jr. jumps over bridge to avoid oncoming cars after stopping at a crash

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan stopped to help a crashed driver in San Diego County on Wednesday, only to die when he was forced over one of America's tallest bridges. Robert Verlin Bruno Jr. had pulled over in icy and foggy conditions to assist the driver of a Ford F-150 that... More »

2 Kind Acts Bring Relief for Chicago's Homeless

An 11-year-old girl and a stranger are to thank

(Newser) - About 70 homeless people in Chicago will have a warm refuge for the rest of the week thanks to a kind stranger. The inhabitants of a tent camp at a vacant downtown lot were left without a heating source Wednesday after a propane tank exploded. Nobody was injured, but with... More »

Colin Powell Gets a Flat, and a Surprise Helper

Veteran Anthony Maggert, who lost his leg in Afghanistan, was happy to help

(Newser) - Both Anthony Maggert and Colin Powell got a bit of a surprise Wednesday—Maggert, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, by seeing Powell stranded on the side of the road with a flat, and Powell by seeing Maggert, who lost his leg while in Afghanistan, pulling over to help him, reports... More »

Dave? Dave? Kansas City Man Gets Tickets for Being Kind

Offensive lineman Jeff Allen just had to find him

(Newser) - A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow, the AP reports. Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take... More »

Guy Finds Chanel Purse With $10K in Cash

Richard Taverna says he never intended to keep it

(Newser) - A Manhattan man who stumbled on a purse containing $10,000 did what anyone would do ... right? Richard Taverna was waiting for the subway Thursday at the Lincoln Center-66th Street 1 train stop when he spotted a blue Chanel bag on the platform: "I picked it up to see... More »

Mom on Stranger's Kind Act: 'I Cried My Way Up the Aisle'

Good Samaritan offered her his first-class seat when he saw her with baby, oxygen tank on flight

(Newser) - To the passenger who was in seat 2D on American Airlines Flight 588 on Thursday, America applauds you. As does Kelsey Zwick, a young mom on that same flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, headed from Orlando to Philly to receive treatment for the baby's chronic lung disease. USA ... More »

Man Finds Lost Wallet, Returns It in the Best Way

Todd Brown found it on a Frontier flight, and made the contents more valuable

(Newser) - It's that most terrifying of moments: when you realize you lost your wallet, which holds your ID, a signed paycheck, your debit card, and $60. For Hunter Shamatt, that mishap has the most heartwarming of endings. The 20-year-old was en route to his sister's Vegas wedding when he... More »

She Couldn't Sleep at Night. Her Worries Saved Hiker's Life

Nancy Abell's 911 call saves German hiker on Pacific Crest Trail

(Newser) - Katharina Groene was near death—wet, dehydrated, showing signs of hypothermia, and eating a ration of one Pop-Tart per day. She was down to the last 200 miles of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail earlier this week when she pulled out her phone and recorded an apology for those... More »

Good Samaritan Exits Car, Is Immediately Killed

Curtis Adams, 21, thought he was helping a stranded motorist

(Newser) - There's no word on motive yet, just grim facts: Curtis Adams, a 21-year-old active-duty sailor pulled over after 2am Saturday to help what he perceived to be a stranded driver in Mountain View, Calif. San Diego police said the Good Samaritan was "immediately shot" upon exiting his car,... More »

Police: Mom Left Kids in Hot Car, Attacked Good Samaritan

She's been charged with battery, child desertion

(Newser) - A mother in Louisiana left her two young children locked in a hot car for around 90 minutes and then attacked one of the people who rescued them, police say. Shawnise Sherman, 22, has been charged with child desertion and battery, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Police say she left... More »

Paramedics Charged in Death of Good Samaritan

They allegedly refused to believe Yosif Al-Hasnawi had been shot

(Newser) - Two paramedics are facing charges for allegedly refusing to believe a Good Samaritan was injured as he lay dying on the street, the BBC reports. Steven Snively, 53, and Christopher Marchant, 29, arrived on the scene in Hamilton—a town about 40 miles southwest of Toronto, Canada—after local resident... More »

50 States, 2 Months, 1 Well-Used Lawn Mower

Rodney Smith Jr. wraps US tour helping those in need

(Newser) - Rodney Smith Jr. has visited all 50 US states twice, but you'll have to forgive him if he doesn't recall any as particularly distinctive. There was little time for sightseeing as Smith spent much of his time mowing lawns voluntarily. The 29-year-old founder of Raising Men Lawn Care... More »

Her Afternoon Shift at the Gas Station Turned Heroic

Savannah Pritchett reacted quickly when woman said she had been kidnapped

(Newser) - At 3pm on Wednesday, a cashier at a Waterford, Calif., gas station got an unusual request: "Lock the door, they will kill us." Savannah Pritchett tells KCRA that while working at Triple R Gas Mart a woman walked in, told her she had been kidnapped in Fresno, had... More »

Driver Thought 'Dazed' Owl Was Injured. Apparently, It Wasn't

Game and Fish had to get involved to help trapped motorist in Arizona

(Newser) - "Don't risk getting hurt aiding injured wildlife" was the gentle warning posted on Twitter on Tuesday by Arizona's Game and Fish Department, a warning prompted by an incident this week between a kindhearted motorist and a stubborn owl. The Arizona Republic expands on the story, which involved... More »

He Wore This T-Shirt at Disney, and It Saved His Life

Good Samaritan saw Robert Leibowitz's plea, donated a kidney

(Newser) - A New Jersey father of five whose T-shirt saying "In Need of Kidney" went viral has received a lifesaving transplant from a stranger. Robert Leibowitz said he had the surgery last week at a New York hospital and is now "walking on clouds," per the AP . Leibowitz,... More »

Stranger's Kind Gesture in Chicago Goes Viral

He gives up his boots to a homeless man

(Newser) - A stranger's kind gesture on Chicago's rapid-transit system is making headlines. Maurice Anderson gave his $260 boots, along with a pair of socks, to a homeless man sitting near him on a train, reports ABC 7 . The act might have gone unnoticed had not fellow passenger Jessica Bell... More »

'Coin Crusader' Strikes Again at Salvation Army Kettle

For 4th straight year, someone drops price gold pesos into Florida donation drum

(Newser) - It's practically a tradition: Officials found gold coins among the donations in a Salvation Army kettle in Florida. A Sun Sentinel report says it's the fourth consecutive year that someone has dropped gold 1947 Mexican 50-peso coins into the kettle outside a store in Pompano Beach. The newspaper... More »

He Spent His Last $20 on Her, She's Raised $116K for Him

'I wish that I could do more for this selfless man'

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised $116,000 for the good Samaritan. Kate McClure, 27, started a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate... More »

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