Acts of Kindness & Love

These are challenging and unprecedented times. 2020 was an epic year of pandemic, deaths, lockdowns, lay-offs, shortages and a divisive election. 2021 opened with a violent siege of the U.S. Capitol. People are stressed out and anxious as restrictions persist while we slog through a lengthy process of vaccinations to reach herd immunity.

Last month I decided a little uplifting content on Facebook was in order and started posting Acts of Kindness & Love for my Friends there.

I’ve continued for 35 days, wrapping up this evening. I may resume again later. For now I thought I’d share the 35 videos here for everyone’s benefit.

Stay safe, be well and enjoy!

Day 1 • January 25, 2021

Two years after huge act of kindness, man shows it can be a calling.

Day 2 • January 26, 2021

Act of kindness helps elderly man honor his late wife.

Day 3 • January 27, 2021

Boy born without a hand meets soccer player just like him.

Day 4 • January 28, 2021

This week marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It’s hard to think of a greater act of kindness, compassion and bravery than hiding a family from the Nazis. In this video protector and protected, 15 and 13 at the time respectively, are reunited.

Day 5 • January 29, 2021

11-year-old girl grants wishes to nursing home residents.

Day 6 • January 30, 2021

Students serve food services worker the surprise of her life.

Day 7 • January 31, 2021

7 Real Life Heroes Caught on Camera.

Day 8 • February 1, 2021

Middle school football players execute life-changing play.

Day 9 • February 2, 2021

Woman turns to Facebook to search for late husband’s car for her son.

Day 10 • February 3, 2021

Widow who was invited to eat with strangers: “I think God sent me there.”

Day 11 • February 4, 2021

Uncle donated liver to his toddler nephew saying, “He saved my life.” This moving story aired this morning on NBC’s Today Show. It embodies the spirit of these daily posts. Enjoy!

Day 12 • February 5, 2021

Grandpa builds theme park for granddaughter.

Day 13 • February 6, 2021

Social worker drops troubled boy as client, takes him on as son.

Day 14 • February 7, 2021

Today’s video is nicely in sync with yesterday’s. Coach invites homeless player to live with his family.

Day 15 • February 8, 2021

I’m going to do something a little different the next few days. Instead of real-life stories, I’ll be linking to short fictional films that I feel reflect the theme of this series. Today’s post is a short 11-minute film by Cameron Covell titled ‘The Most Beautiful Thing.’ Take a break from surfing & scrolling, and enjoy.

Day 16 • February 9, 2021

Continuing a few days of short fictional stories, today’s film shows that acts of kindness can profoundly affect both receiver and giver. A homeless teen meets a deaf-blind man at a bus stop who changes his life forever. (Runs about 18½ minutes)

Update (March 15, 2021): This film has received an Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short.

Day 17 • February 10, 2021

Continuing a few days of short fictional stories, this 9-minute film looks at kindness and the importance of family.

Day 18 • February 11, 2021

Continuing a series of short fictional stories, I present this short 10-minute film. It’s produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If that’s a problem for you, try to look past it. The message is universal.

Day 19 • February 12, 2021

Today it’s back to stories of real life and real kindness by real people. Man who opened his motel to flooding victims has given away about $50,000 worth of services.

Day 20 • February 13, 2021

After all the drama & division this week, I think a pause for human kindness is called for. Football player’s picture with autistic boy goes viral.

Day 21 • February 14, 2021

How a simple act of kindness transformed a boy’s birthday.

Day 22 • February 15, 2021

A Facebook message that sparked hope.

Day 23 • February 16, 2021

A 1st grader’s act of kindness just restored our faith in humanity.

Day 24 • February 17, 2021

Students take action after hearing couple’s honeymoon story.

Day 25 • February 18, 2021

Community learns sign language to engage with 2-year-old girl.

Day 26 • February 19, 2021

4-year-old superhero has the power to feed the homeless.

Day 27 • February 20, 2021

Teen steps up to help blind and deaf man in random act of kindness.

Day 28 • February 21, 2021

Homeless teen tries to give back to the man who changed his life.

Day 29 • February 22, 2021

Motorcyclists Help Woman Cross Busy Intersection.

Day 30 • February 23, 2021

Gift of corrective glasses for colorblind coworker leaves everyone in tears.

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Day 31 • February 24, 2021

Young athletes defend cheerleader with Down Syndrome.

Day 32 • February 25, 2021

A college student and a minister answered each other’s prayers.

Day 33 • February 26, 2021

After losing parents, 6-year-old boy seeks smiles.

Day 34 • February 27, 2021

Middle school teacher takes in student battling kidney disease.

Day 35 • February 28, 2021

‘The Brotherhood’ of football connects a high schooler and an NFL star in tragedy.

Title image: Matt Collamer on Unsplash.

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