1One Kind Gesture Leads a Woman to Risk Her Life to Shelter a Jewish Family
Two years later, the Nazis were rounding up Jewish people in Poland and sending them to concentration camps. Fearing for the life of the kind young man who had helped her, Banya risked her life by hiding Rubinek and his wife in her home for two and a half years. Several times, German soldiers came to the Banya's farmhouse to search for hiding Jews, and each time the Rubinek family hid in a tiny crawl space. One particular night, Nazi soldiers slept in the Banya's living room, just inches from where the Rubineks were concealed.
Decades later, the Rubineks would reunite with the woman who sheltered them from the Nazis. Their granddaughter says, "That one act of impossible kindness in that impossible situation affected everything. The depth of the soul's capacity is immeasurable and unfathomable. These poor Polish farmers were terrified for their lives, yet they take these two people in they barely knew."
2Kind Words from the Boss Kept This Man from Committing Suicide
After Sanders visited with his team, he was shocked when that man turned up a few days later and gave him an expensive gift, an X-Box console. As it turns out, this employee had purchased the X-Box by pawning a revolver that he had intended to use to kill himself. After hearing the small words of praise from his boss, the man decided to keep living and seek help for his depression. Just a few kind words were all it took to help him out of his suicidal funk.
"Sometimes people just need people," Sanders said.
3Teenagers Save Girl from Abduction
Instead of waiting for the police to find the little girl, fifteen year-old Temar Boggs and his friend decided to start looking for her themselves. Soon, they spotted Rojas in a car with a man, so they began to follow the car on their bicycles. The teens followed the car for fifteen minutes as the man tried to lose them. Finally, he seemingly gave up, pulled over, and shoved the child from the car.
"She ran to me and said that she needed her mom," Temar said.
421 Year-Old Organ Donor Saves Seven Lives
Mackaman's ultimate act of kindness, simply checking the "Organ Donor" box on his driver's license, ultimately saved seven lives. His mother posted on Caring Bridge, "All of us are proud of Henry for making the decision to be an organ donor. This generosity shouldn't surprise anyone who knows him. With his decision, up to 54 people will benefit from the incredible life that Henry lived."
5Man Jumps onto Railroad Tracks to Save a Stranger
Fifty-year-old construction worker and Navy veteran Wesley Autrey had been chatting with his two daughters when he saw the man fall. He made a split second decision that could have ended his life in an instant; he jumped onto the tracks to help Hollopeter. Autrey covered Hollopeter with his body and pushed him down between the train tracks. The train operator threw the alarm and tried to stop, but it was too late, and the train rolled over both men.
Five train cars rolled over the pair, mere inches from Autrey's head. When the train finally stopped, he called out to the screaming onlookers that they were okay. Later, heralded as a hero, Autrey said, "I don't feel like I did something spectacular; I just saw someone who needed help. I did what I felt was right.”
610-Year-Old Stands Up to Bullies to Save a Cat
When word of Overton's compassion and kindness got out, notes of praise and encouragement came in from all over the world.
7Strangers Form a Human Chain to Save a Boy from Drowning
Another beach-goer and two Napier police constables spotted the struggling child and rushed into the water to help him, but the water was too rough. After he realized that he couldn't reach the boy without falling victim to the waves himself, Constable Bryan Farquharson organized a human chain to reach the child while remaining anchored to the shore.
8Kiss From a Stranger Saves a Suicidal Man
Just then, Liu Wenxiu, a nineteen-year-old hotel waitress, was walking home from work when she saw the boy and knew that she had to do something to help him. Wenxiu had once been suicidal herself, so she knew how the boy felt. Telling police that she was his girlfriend, the girl managed to get close enough to talk to the boy. She shared her own sad and difficult life story, listened to his, and showed him the scar on her wrist from where she had tried to commit suicide herself.
"He said he's hopeless, 'so don't waste your time to save me'. But I told him, 'I'm not saving your life, I just want you to realize how silly you are being. Look at me, I've been there and I'm now here,'" Wenxiu said.
Finally, the girl was able to lean in and give him a hug, and then she unexpectedly gave him a kiss, as well. Police were then able to take the knife that the boy was holding and lead him back over to the safe side of the bridge.
9Woman Saves Children from a Runaway Truck
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10Woman Donates Kidney to a Complete Stranger
It turned out that Boff was a perfect match. Therefore, she agreed to donate one of her healthy kidneys to Sergeant Newman, whom she'd never even met.