Simply 27 tales of kind deeds to warm your aching heart
Good news has been a bit thin on the ground recently, and the launch of campaigning for the European Parliament elections is unlikely to put that right. Luckily, composer Nick Harvey stepped up and brought a little light into our lives with a simple question.
What is the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) April 13, 2019
The replies will restore your faith in humanity, and we can’t guarantee they won’t bring a tear to your eye. Naturally, there are some distressing scenarios, but the message is overwhelmingly of hope and positivity.
Had an asthma attack, drove myself to hospital, came out several hours later and my car had been towed. Elderly couple saw me crying in the street, took me in their house, made the phone calls for me to find out how to get my car back & made me endless cups of tea. ❤️ https://t.co/NILRCmxuVk
— Hannah Al-Othman (@HannahAlOthman) April 13, 2019
Aged 19, my GF and I were hitching from Chester to Cambridge. Found ourselves lost in Warwickshire and it was getting dark. Friendly couple picked us up, took us back to their house, fed us and gave us a bed for the night. Next morning, drove us 20 miles to a good hitching spot
— David Lloyd (@dave_backwell) April 13, 2019
Waiting for a train my baby projectile vomited all over me. A man pulled out a brand new T shirt from his bag and said "you need it more than me"
— Fancy Nancy (@ClareMBrown1) April 13, 2019
I was sitting on a platform trying not to cry and a woman could see my hidden distress, asked me how I was and started chatting to me about anything, shared a gin and tonic with me in a standing carriage and held me together until I reached the sanctuary of a friend.
— Legs (@L3GSV) April 13, 2019
I was taking out £500 from a cash point & there was a very dodgy-looking bloke behind me with a hoodie up over his head. I took my card and headed quite quickly to my car. He came after me so I legged it, he still came shouting, “mate, you’ve left your cash”. Book-cover-etc.
— Phillip Hughes #FBPE (@phillipmhughes) April 13, 2019
At two in the morning I took a loo break at an Indian bus station in the middle of nowhere. My coach left without me, with my luggage and money. I wasn't even wearing shoes. Some staff there paid a taxi to take me to catch up with the coach, an hour later. I was very grateful.
— Andy Ryan (@ItsAndyRyan) April 13, 2019
Passing stranger on a French Motorway witnessed our car crash. Stopped. Helped. Took us all in, fed us and gave us a bed for the night.
— Hannah Keir (@giraffehk) April 13, 2019
I was stranded on my own after a night out and a milk float stopped (maybe 4am?) and told me to hop on and took me half the way home
— Ellie (@Elelove2233) April 13, 2019
Gave me $100 to help me to convert extra fare for my flight home to Dublin for my grannies funeral and to buy some food for my dinner when I was stuck with no money in San Francisco back in 2007. I'll never forget her. X
— Ruth McDonagh (@RuthMcDonagh) April 13, 2019
3 months after my daughter died I was on a platform at London Bridge. All the grief and despair hit me at once. A stranger took the time to help me. Stayed with me for ages and then got me help. He said he promised one day I'd feel better. I swear he saved me that day.
— Cosy & Monty (@CosyFFS) April 13, 2019
I was back home with my family in Liverpool when my daughter got sick. After a 2 night stay in hospital with her, I opened the door one morning to the postman. He had a gift from his family for her! That’s Liverpool folk for you!
— s'meeeeeee (@LaurseyK) April 13, 2019
Stranger came to Mama’s rescue in Waitrose .. saw her confused checking out ; she paid for her few bits of shopping then drove her 6 miles home …. no idea to this day who she was #dementia
— Brydon (@Brydon_N) April 13, 2019
Gave me a car! Just literally handed it over. I was working w/ disadvantaged kids in a rough area, & my car broke down beyond repair (engine chewed itself up). I had loads of equipment I needed to ferry about & they heard through a friend of my need. Just… GAVE ME A CAR.
— Daisy Shylass (@DaisyShylass) April 13, 2019
In Turkey, got a taxi from Anatyla airport to a hotel. Ended up in dark alleyway. Tried to pay the driver who got all agitated & called his friend who spoke English. I was scared. His friend came and explained that I was trying to pay £90 when it was £9.
— Mr Ethical (@nw_nicholas) April 13, 2019
I was crying in IKEA w/ my tiny baby & my 18mo toddler. The baby wouldn’t stop screaming & the toddler was just trying to run away from me all the time. A couple w/ older children took me to the cafe, bought me a drink & held the baby while I drank it. Such great kindness
— Rosie Harding (@Vilthuril) April 13, 2019