It seems all we ever hear about is how terrible the world outside is. In fact, if you scour through YouTube comments or any Internet forum, you’ll find that acts or even words of kindness come few and far between. So who can blame us for wanting to put the spotlight on these Top 10 heartwarming acts of kindness caught on video?
We’ve had our hearts warmed by the kind acts of children but this one is more than just a touching act, it’s a true sign of humanity and friendship. Faced with the reality that her cancer-stricken friend would lose her hair from treatment, 9-year-old Kamryn Renfro decided to shave her own head to show support. What much of the world would consider an unbelievable sign of compassion, Renfro’s school, Caprock Academy, deemed a violation of dress code policy and suspended her. Unfazed by the school’s arguably rash decision, Renfro stood by her decision to help her friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, to not “feel left out.” After an outpouring of support, the school board voted 3-to-1 in favor of ending Renfro’s suspension.
The Power of Many
If you pay attention to the world today, it’s easy to get discouraged. People en mass are engaged in unending race wars, so when we came across this incredible video of dozens of bystanders teaming together to save just one man who took an unfortunate misstep, we had to share it. At the Perth station in Australia, when a passenger finds himself trapped between the train and platform, teams of people work to tip the train to free him. Greatness in numbers. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The Two-Way Street
Sometimes, showing compassion and kindness to someone facing misfortune doesn’t have to cost you anything but some of your time. YouTuber Karim found this out after giving a homeless man named Mark a couple of bucks. While a little confused but definitely appreciative, Mark had one last request for Karim – to sit with him for a moment. After spending some time with Karim, the homeless man unexpectedly gets up and leaves, returning several minutes later. Mark had taken the money from Karim and purchased lunch for the two of them. The next minute or so of the video is a strange mix of heartbreaking and uplifting.
Most mothers wish to give their children something incredibly special for Christmas and very rarely look for something in return. For Megan Curran, a single mother of 3 forced to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, the tables were turned when GiveBackFilms chose her for a Christmas surprise. Through the video, we follow Megan as she’s treated to shopping sprees while something truly spectacular is going on back home. The night on the town with her family was just the tip of the Iceberg of kindness. When she returns home, she’s treated to multiple repairs and enhancements done around the house, including a table large enough to enjoy Christmas dinner on with her family.
The Other Side of the Law
In the United States specifically, the law has been experiencing an incredible amount of bad press. Not all officers of the law deserve the negativity, however, as we can see in this amateur footage caught by an anonymous bystander. Deputy Constable Felix Barrigan of Houston, Texas had approached a panhandler in a busy intersection when things took an unexpected turn. After the distressed individual broke down and told Barrigan that he needed $49 to return to his family in Seattle, the officer’s compassion kicked in and, rather than force the man off the street or arrest him, he simply assumed his story was real and handed him $100.
The Ultimate Act of Sportsmanship
If there’s any reason to show kindness to your fellow person, consider who may be watching. No, we don’t mean so you can become a viral sensation. We’re talking about the tiny eyes of easily influenced children. The youngest of children have the capacity to show compassion if they’re shown the importance of it. During this youth football game, the ball is handed off to tiny Jake Stiner, a boy simply described as a “special player.” As Jake makes his way down the field, his teammates swarm around him to protect him – but it’s not needed. As the Cougar scurries to the end zone, the opposing team, with as much subtlety as possible, drops to the ground, allowing Stiner the chance to score.
The Cost of Kindness
Could you find it in your heart and wallet to deviate from what your job entails and hand over a lump sum of cash to a complete stranger? A Syrian refugee living in Texas and known only as Noah was working at his jewelry store when a woman came in, visibly distraught, looking to sell a family heirloom for quick cash for bills. Rather than take her personal effects for a fraction of the value they’re worth, Noah returned the ring to her, dug into his pocket, and produced the cash she needed. During his interview with CBS, the kindhearted jeweler continues his kindness by expressing how he’d give her more money if he had a means of contacting her.
Shirt Off Your Back
You know, New Yorkers may get a bad rap for being rude, thoughtless, and way too absorbed in their own lives, but 23-year-old paralegal Joey Resto put all of that to rest during a routine, Friday night subway ride. During his trip, Resto noticed a shivering shirtless homeless man and, without thinking twice, literally took the shirt off of his own back and handed it to his fellow passenger. The homeless man accepted the act of kindness silently, possibly shocked by the unexpected kindness and loving act of a complete stranger.
Making a Youngen’s Day
Even the simplest acts of kindness may have more of an impact than you could ever know. During his normal garbage route, Manuel made an unscheduled stop to visit a small autistic boy named Daniel. The cordial visit turned to a pleasant surprise for Daniel and his family when the garbage man presented the young boy with a gift – a toy garbage truck. What makes this moment all-the-more special – and why you never know what your generosity may mean to someone – is that Daniel had recently broken a garbage truck toy.
Faith in the Young
There are few things more difficult for an adolescent than giving up something that they wanted. During an Arizona Diamondbacks game, 12-year-old Ian McMillan was unknowingly in competition with a younger boy over a ball thrown by Brewers player Rickie Weeks Jr. After triumphantly walking away with his prize, Ian is made aware of the very distraught Brewers’ fan and, without a moment’s hesitation, presents him with the ball and immediately walks off. During a Skype interview after the game with ABC News, Ian says the way his parents have raised him is to thank for his act of kindness.