14 Real Short Stories That Prove The Power Of Love And Generosity

October 23rd is the 10th anniversary of the nonprofit Storycorps program, and they have a new book called Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. Here are 14 real human stories that will touch your heart.

1. “I have a way of making it now.”

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Gus Hernandez talks about how he met Siddiqi Hansoti (L), owner of the El Dorado Motel in Salinas, CA, after losing his house to foreclosure.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/gus-hernandez-and-siddiqi-hansoti/

2. “I looked her over and said to myself ‘gee, what a funny looking broad.’”

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Seymour Gottlieb, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and his wife, Marcia, talk about their 60-year relationship.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/seymour-and-marcia-gottlieb/

3. “I wanted to do something good in my life for the first time.”

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Rob Sanchez and his friend Felix Aponte (L), who both served time at Sing Sing Penitentiary, talk about Rob’s diagnosis with an aggressive form of kidney disease.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/rob-sanchez-and-felix-aponte/

4. “I’ve never seen you turn anybody away.”

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Paul Crowley (L) talks with his friend and fellow veteran Anthony Bravo Esparza , who calls himself “Dreamer,” about the free haircuts he gives in a VA Hospital parking lot.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/paul-crowley-and-anthony-bravo-esparza/

5. “I’m it for you, and you’re it for me.”

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Sonya Baker talks to her husband, Michael Fazio.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/sonya-baker-and-michael-fazio/

6. “A lot of what I’ve been able to do nowadays is thanks to your care.”

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Marcela Gaviria speaks with Dr. Dempsey Springfield, who has been her surgeon for more than 30 years.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/marcela-gaviria-and-dempsey-springfield/

7. “This has been the real miracle of our relationship.”

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Winslow Jackson and his wife, Dorothy, who both are living with multiple sclerosis, remember how they met.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/winslow-and-dorothy-jackson/

8. “I put an ad in the local paper and offered to cook Thanksgiving dinner for 12 people.”

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Scott Macaulay remembers how, 25 years ago, he started an annual holiday dinner for strangers who have nowhere else to go.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/scott-macaulay/

9. “It was the most beautiful moment I had ever experienced.”

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Bryan Wilmoth tells his younger brother, Michael, about being kicked out of the house because he is gay.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/bryan-and-michael-wilmoth/

10. “I came into the topless bar that you were bouncing…”

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Biologists Susan and Philip McClinton talk about the unlikely beginning of their romance.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/philip-susan-mcclinton/

11. “You’re part of our family now.”

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Army National Guard Capt. Zachariah Fike speaks with Adeline Rockko about returning her brother’s lost Purple Heart medal.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/adeline-rockko-and-zachariah-fike/

12. “Her last years with you were probably the happiest in her life.”

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Best friends Denny Daniels and Larry Rolf (L), who were married to the same woman at different times, talk about how their unlikely friendship began.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/denny-daniels-and-larry-rolf/

13. “I loved you more than myself.”

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Steven Wells tells his daughter, Jennifer, how it felt to become a dad.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/steven-wells-and-his-daughter-jennifer/

14. “You were not that 16-year-old, you were a grown man.”

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Mary Johnson speaks with Oshea Israel, who killed her son in 1993.

See more: http://storycorps.org/listen/mary-johnson-and-oshea-israel/

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