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These Heartwarming Stories About Selfless Good Deeds Will Give You Life

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The biker, the lady, the dude, and the puppy:

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“A few weeks ago I saw this teeny-tiny French bulldog eating out of a bag of cheesy puffs in the middle of a Brooklyn street. I scooped her up and flagged people asking if she was their dog or if they knew whose dog it was. This gruff biker guy who had groceries heard me asking folks from across the street and offered to go around and help knock on doors.

"We both then ran into this older woman who was walking into her apartment when she recognized the dog and then strolled us two blocks down to where there was a moving truck. These two well-dressed young guys ran out with a leash and collar — it was their dog! They thanked us endlessly. I thanked the biker and the woman. The biker shook my hand and said ‘Trust-fund kids,’ and we both laughed and went about our days."

—Jordan O.

Where there's a Wi-Fi, there's a way:

"I was wasting time on a blog one night at home, just scrolling my life away, when I saw this girl I follow post a photo with text that really disturbed me; I felt like she might be at risk for self-harm. I sent her a message with my number and the number to a suicide hotline in it and basically said 'We don't really know each other, but I saw that you just posted something that might mean you need to talk to someone. I've been there, and I'm here for you.' She never called me, but a week later I got a message back from her saying that my quick little message saved her life."

—Beatrix I.

The nice niece before Christmas:

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“The first family Christmas after my husband left me was incredibly difficult. Considering how much our family loved Christmastime, I was a huge mess…crying a lot and having a tough time getting it together for myself and my two daughters. Then on December 22, my 25-year-old niece drove up out of nowhere to see me and helped me get ready wrapping gifts, baking cookies, decorating the house, et cetera. I’ll never forget her kindness and caring. Now it's a tradition we do with wine and a rom-com."

—Laurie S.

Karma's a pleasant lady too:

"A couple years ago, my iPhone fell out of my pocket while I was in a cab. I was sure I would never see it again, but the woman who got in after me managed to track me down by leaving a voicemail at my parents' house in California. The day I went to pick the phone up from her at her office, she apparently lost a diamond earring, and some random man working in her building found it and turned it into security, so she got it back."

—Laura G.

For anyone who's survived a heartbreak:

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“When I was 16, I had my first relationship and first breakup, and the heartbreak from that felt like the end of the world. I was breaking down on the subway, hysterically crying, mortified because everyone was staring, but I couldn't control it. This young guy, maybe in his early twenties, didn't say anything to me, didn't even really stare at me like most everyone else did.

"But before he got off at his stop he had taken out a little notepad and pencil and he just quietly handed me a piece of paper before disappearing into the crowd that said ‘Whatever it is, you're going to be OK.' It's been eight years, and I still have that damn paper taped to my wall.”

–Aleksandra V.

The real City of Angels:

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“I travelled to Denmark three years ago on the search for 'self-discovery.' I was staying at a friend's house in Lund, Sweden — that’s about 40 minutes away from Copenhagen by train. I was on my way back to Lund the first day when I went to buy my ticket back home, and this ticket taker at the train station was denying both my card and my money, thus rendering me unable to go back to my friend's house. This charade went on for about 20 when, as I was in total panic mode now, this angel tapped my shoulder and said ‘Don't worry, dear, let me handle this’ AND BOUGHT THE FREAKING TICKET FOR ME. To this day I still consider Copenhagen the true ‘City of Angels.’”

—Siddie K.

When all you can give is kindness.

"I went to visit my friend in Philadelphia and took a bus to get there that dropped me off in what felt like a stretch of nothing street. On my walk to the train station, my wallet was stolen, so I was out of money, without an ID, stranded in a city I had never been to before. I got to the train station, called the friend I was going to visit to explain my situation, and then started crying. A homeless man who I saw just used his change to buy some Chinese food came and sat down at the table next to me.

"He said he heard me on the phone with my friend and offered me some of his food and, in an attempt to lift my spirits, showed me pictures of his grandkids on his cracked phone and said that he was going to wait for my friend to come get me before leaving. She eventually came, and I thanked him before I left. I wish I could have given him something in return because that was such a comforting thing to happen to me when I felt stranded."

—Eliza D.

You get what you give:

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"For my 21st birthday, I organized a live music event at my college to raise money for my grandfather's charity in India where I would be visiting a month later. When I arrived at the orphanage, all of the students threw a surprise party to celebrate with me. They decorated the hall, got a cake, choreographed dances, and sang a song that I had taught them two years before. I literally bawled my eyes out because I was so touched.

"I also got a ton of hand-drawn cards and paintings. I have never been so overwhelmed or grateful in my life. These kids had spent weeks trying to make something special for me and yet a majority of them have never celebrated a birthday or even known when their birthday is."

—Priya M.

Picking good friends:

"My best friend was having some life difficulties that made her really anxious, and I was thinking of ways I could cheer her up. One day, I ran into a big field of sunflowers and remembered that was her favourite flower. I cut the biggest bouquet of sunflowers you've ever seen and left them on her doorstep with a note telling her it would all be OK. It ended up brightening her spirits so much that it started a new tradition: On the 24th of each month, we get each other small gifts to commemorate that day and our friendship. Could be as something small as a cookie, but it always lifts our spirits and is something to look forward to in the month."

—Spencer B.

Just breathe:

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"I was having a panic attack on the train, trying to hide it and calm down, but a woman noticed I was in distress. She sat down next to me and asked 'Are you OK?' I was hyperventilating so I just said 'Panic attack.' She quietly said 'Deep breaths. I get them too. Breathe in, now out. You're OK.' We got off on the next stop, and she stood there with me while it subsided. I thanked her profusely, and she smiled, saying, 'Just breathe, mama' as she left. Some of the best advice I've ever gotten."


—Amanda C.

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