Kids Who Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity
Here are some heartwarming tales of incredible kids' kindness.Stories
As the late great Whitney Houston said, “I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” So, tissues at the ready, this article is going to be quite emotional. Let's meet some kids with truly astounding stories.
Girl Gives Garbage Man Cupcake and What Happened Next Made Her Mom Cry
Back in 2016, three-year-old Brooklyn Andracke from Bloomington, Illinois made a highly unusual friend in her local garbage man Delvar Dopson. Every Thursday, whenever Delvar would drive past Brooklyn’s house, she’d stand in the window and wave to him and Delvar would smile and honk his horn to say hello back.
The exchange went on for months, and according to Brooklyn’s mother, it was the highlight of her week. Just after her third birthday, which was on a Wednesday, Brooklyn wanted to celebrate with her favorite neighborhood sanitation worker.
So, she wrapped up one of her birthday cupcakes and the next day waited for Delvar to drive past her house. Sure enough, Delvar pulled his truck over and hopped out and was surprised but very thankful for the lovely gift.
Brooklyn was starstruck at the encounter and couldn’t talk! So her mother explained how much seeing him drive past every week meant to her. Delvar was touched and thanked Brooklyn again before taking his leave.
Later that day Brooklyn’s mom noticed that she was unusually quiet in the backseat of the car. Concerned for her daughter’s well-being, she asked if everything was ok. Little Brooklyn turned to look at her mother, smiled, and simply said “Mommy, I’m so happy.”
Getting to meet Delvar had made Brooklyn’s birthday extra special. But want to know what makes the story even more wholesome? It turns out, the whole encounter had brought a lot of joy to Delvar’s week too!
The next time he came by he pulled over once more, but this time it was Brooklyn’s turn to receive a gift. To thank her for sharing her birthday cupcakes with him Delvar had bought her some toys from her favorite movie Frozen.
But it doesn’t stop there. Fast forward another week, and Brooklyn decided to do something nice for Delvar one last time. She made him a wonderful sign saying “Thank You Delvar”. He absolutely loved it, and later fastened it to his truck. That way he always has something to remember her by.
While it might not be the most grandiose gesture you’ve ever heard, it goes to show how much a small token of appreciation can mean. A little gratitude every now and then is what it’s all about!
Child Beggar Adopted After Act Of Compassion
Let’s be real, it ain’t easy being a kid. Growing up is tough and I was lucky my childhood was nowhere near as grueling as John Thuo’s. His mother and father struggled to look after him, so poor John was forced to live out on his own on the treacherous streets of Nairobi, Kenya. Every day he’d approach stopped cars and beg for money because it was either that or go hungry.
However, one day John’s life took a totally unexpected turn. It started off like any other day, with John busy at the roadside scraping together a few Kenyan Shillings for some food. But the next car he approached would change his life forever. When he looked inside, he saw there was a woman in the passenger seat hooked up to several complicated-looking machines.
Curious, John asked what they were for. The woman told him her name was Gladys Kamande and that she’d suffered a collapsed lung. It meant everywhere she went she needed an oxygen concentrator, cylinders, and a generator just to breathe. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gladys had been through 12 surgeries to try to fix her problems, none of which had worked.
In fact, one of the surgeons had accidentally ruptured her optical nerve and left her blind! What’s more, her family was struggling to cover the thousands in medical bills they needed to help her. John began crying. Sure, his life was hard, but at least he had his health. He was so moved by Gladys’ story that he actually gave her all the money he’d made that day.
By sheer chance, John’s kindness was seen by a passer-by, who posted about it on their social media. Then, everything changed. The story went mega viral and hundreds of internet strangers came forward offering to help pay for Gladys’s medical bills! Amazingly, they raised over $80,000, more than enough to get Gladys the medical assistance she needed.
She doesn’t need as much of that heavy breathing equipment and even had corrective surgery so, miraculously, she can see again! But that’s not all. With the leftover money, Gladys decided to repay John’s kindness and help him get adopted and back into school.
John’s kindness didn’t just help Gladys, it helped him find a new family and a better life. How amazing is that?! John and Gladys remain good friends to this day.
6-Year-Old Gives Up Christmas For Homeless
Back in 2015, Christmas in the Hovater household, in Bakersfield, California, looked a little different than most. It all started when their six-year-old, Alex, saw a homeless man sleeping under a bridge. Alex was crushed that some people had to live like that and wanted to help.
But his parents didn’t have the money to pay for Christmas and to give to Alex to help the homeless. So, they offered him a choice, he could have his presents or give them up to do something nice for the homeless. What do you think a normal six-year-old would pick? Well, Alex isn’t your usual six-year-old. Watch the footage below.
The little boy gave up his Christmas presents to do something good for people who needed it. His parents accompanied him as he gave out packages containing food, water, and jackets to keep those less fortunate warm throughout winter.
Truth be told, the Hovaters didn’t spend all their Christmas money on the homeless. Alex’s parents said about 30% of their budget went on the project, so don’t worry, the little legend didn’t wake up to an empty stocking. And neither should he have!
It’s easy to see someone living rough as the orchestrator of their own downfall, but that’s not what kids see. They see another human struggling and reach out to help. That’s the real spirit of Christmas right there: giving.
Boy Carries Disabled Brother Through Gruelling Triathlon
Back in 2014 Noah and Lucas Aldrich, two brothers from Idaho, realized their sporting dream against all odds. The thing is, Lucas was born with a rare brain condition called lissencephaly which prevented his brain from fully developing and left him unable to walk without assistance. That’s mortifying.
But when best big bro Noah heard his local YMCA were organizing a minitriathlon event for children, he was adamant they’d both get over the finish line. But if poor Lucas can’t run, ride a bike, or swim, how on earth would he be able to compete?
When you’ve got an awesome brother like Noah anything is possible. First, he swam an exhausting 650 feet through crashing waves while dragging Lucas behind him on a rubber dinghy. Next, he flew around a quad-melting three-mile bike ride, pulling Lucas along in a cool and stylish trailer.
Finally, even though he was tired and his legs wobbled like a plate of Nana’s jello, Noah dug deep and ran a blistering mile, pushing Lucas in front of him in a custom stroller over the finish line and completing the race.
What a heroic achievement by those two brilliant brothers, and they’re still at it! Some 8 years later, the dynamic duo were snapped once again doing what they do best.
Baby Ducklings Rescued By 6-Year-Old Girl
While on a walk with her mom, six-year-old Mia Rabii rescued several little ducklings after they’d fallen into a nearby drain. Mia was alerted to the problem by another family who’d spotted a mother duck sitting with just one duckling by her side. Ducks typically have multiple offspring, so seeing those two alone was not good.
Mia loves animals. So, up she stepped with her slender arms and reached down into the drain to gently pull them out one by one. Then, she safely escorted them back to their mother, who was waiting patiently nearby.
In total, a bewildering eight ducklings were rescued! Then they all got to waddle off as one big happy family. She’s even thinking of becoming a veterinarian when she grows up. I’m sure she’ll be great.
Orion Jean: TIME Kid Of The Year 2021
The world can be a cruel place. There’s tax, disease, natural disasters, and more tax. But one boy from Fort Worth, Texas, is trying to change our perceptions one kind act at a time. This is Orion Jean, and at the age of just eleven, he was selected as TIME magazine’s Kid of the Year for 2021.
He founded the Race to Kindness program which donates meals, books, and toys to children in need, all as a part of his mission to make the world a kinder place. And the success of the program has been nothing short of incredible.
In 2020, he donated more than 600 toys to a Children’s Hospital in North Texas. Then, in 2021, he donated 100,000 meals to those in need who were hungry. But most impressive of all, he collected more than half a million books for kids in need. Let me restate, he was eleven. Not only is Orion Jean the kindest kid with the coolest name, and the drippiest little man you’ve ever seen, but he’s wise well beyond his years.
He says, “Kindness is a choice and while we can’t force others to be kind, we can be kind ourselves.” Let that sink in. Bet you weren’t ready for that truth bomb and Orion is right. Because the world can be so cruel, we often lose sight of being kind to one another.
Boy Sells Lemonade To Help Pay For His Own Adoption
When 9-year-old Tristan Jacobson from Springfield, Massachusetts set up his lemonade stand, he was hoping for more than just some extra allowance. Tristan was hoping to raise the money so his foster mother, Donnie Davis, could adopt him permanently.
Tristan’s father is Davis’ ex-husband, who had an affair that produced Tristan. However, he went to jail shortly after Tristan was born, and his biological mother struggled to care for him on her own. So, Davis stepped up, but the $5,000 attorney fees were too steep for her to afford.
Unwilling to give up, little Tristan decided to take his future into his own hands and started selling lemonade on the street for a dollar a glass. Thanks to a little help from Davis and her new husband, who baked cakes and ran a yard sale, the stall raised an incredible $7,100 from local donors.
But that wasn’t all. They also set up a fundraising page so people from further afield could donate, and that raised a further $10,000. Not only did they now have more than enough money to pay the attorney fees, but any leftover amount was put aside to pay for Tristan’s education. What an awesome family. I sure hope it works out for them.
Boy Donates Bar Mitzvah Gifts To Burn Victims
There’s no more important event for a child in the Jewish faith than their bar mitzvah. After all, it’s a big coming-of-age celebration where they start being held accountable for their actions. But when Michael Elinoff, from Pittsburgh, had his bar mitzvah, he decided to celebrate a little differently.
Usually, the child who is celebrating is given gifts. However, while Michael was talking to his tutor one day, she told him a tragic story about her daughter, Meira, who’d had an accident and suffered major burns across her legs and torso. Michael felt awful for his tutor and her daughter.
So, taking inspiration from the word ‘mitzvah’ which means good deed in Hebrew, he decided to forego receiving gifts for his special day. Instead, the selfless kid asked his guests to bring toys to donate to Meira and the Paediatric Burns unit at his local hospital.
In total, Michael’s efforts raised more than 150 gifts for children who were suffering debilitating injuries. Because of Michael’s selflessness, children in desperate situations like Meira had things to do instead of sitting there bored. As for a coming of age, Michael has proved he’s more than mature for his age.
Gitanjali Rao: TIME Kid Of The Year 2021
One of the saddest news stories in recent years has been the toxic water supply in Flint, Michigan. When the city changed its municipal water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2014, distribution pipes corroded and leached toxic lead and other contaminants into the drinking water.
It devastated the community and caused widespread panic throughout the entire US regarding the cleanliness of drinking water. When 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao saw her parents testing the water in her home in Lone Tree, Colorado, she was appalled at how slow and unreliable the methods of testing were.
So, the little science whiz decided to take the issue into her own hands. After a spell of research, she learned about some new technologies that detected hazardous substances and decided to see if they could be adapted to detect lead. It turns out, they could! With a little help from her school, she devised a new solution for water testing which was both inexpensive and portable.
Gitanjali’s device is simple to use; you just dip it in any water you suspect may be contaminated. A cartridge on the dipping end contains chemically treated carbon nanotubes that are sensitive to the flow of electrons. The chemical treatment makes the cartridge attract any lead that might be in the water. If there is lead, it’ll slow down the electrons flowing through.
So, by measuring the flow rate, you can quickly determine how much lead is in the water and therefore how safe it is. Then, the results are sent neatly to your smartphone. That ingenious invention won Gitanjali America’s Top Young Scientist award. She’s potentially saved hundreds of thousands of people’s lives and she’s only eleven.
Joris Hutchinson, The Cheetah Hero
What was your favorite animal growing up? Most of us love cats or dogs but for Joris Hutchinson, from Seattle, Washington, his favorite animal is a lot more terrifying. He loves cheetahs. So, when he was just six years old, Joris discovered that cheetahs are endangered and might go extinct, he wanted to do whatever he could to stop that from happening.
With the help of his mom, Carine, he started organizing multiple fundraising events selling lemonade, flowers, and t-shirts and set up skating parties and garage sales to donate as much as he could to the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia. It’s been over nine years now and Joris is still fundraising for the organization.
In fact, he’s raised well over a staggering $30,000 to fit cheetahs with GPS trackers and work alongside local farmers to protect them. He even volunteers there over the summers, cleaning out cheetah enclosures and preparing their food.
Dear Teenage Boy At The Skate Park...
In life few things are objectively true, we all have beliefs and opinions. Whilst that can be complicated, it’s also what makes us unique and different. But when six-year-old Peyton Thomas wanted to take up skating, she was quite overwhelmed by the whole experience. To start, she’d only ever seen boys skating, so she didn’t feel like she belonged on the ramps.
After a pep-talk from mom Jeanean though, Peyton plucked up the courage to go. However, when she got to her local park, she was intimidated by the older boys who were standing around smoking and using bad language. Much to Peyton’s surprise though, after a few minutes of seeing her nervous struggling, one of the boys came over and offered to help her.
He showed Peyton where to place her feet and gave her other helpful tips which made her first time an absolute joy. Soon, she was zooming around the halfpipes like a natural. And even though the boy’s friends were laughing at him for giving Peyton her first lesson, it didn’t stop him.
Peyton’s mom was left stunned by the display, and Peyton herself left the park with pride and a newfound sense of belonging. There’re a few lessons here. One, be like Peyton, if you want to do something, be brave and never quit! Two, be like the boy who helped her, encourage people’s passions! Three, skating is rad, but skating at the age of six is even radder.
Boy Travels 12 Hours To Bring Toys To A Family Who Lost Everything
When eight-year-old Kameron Smalls, from Charleston, South Carolina, caught a snippet of the news his parents were watching, it motivated him to do something incredible. Kameron saw the Comeaux family hundreds of miles away in Louisiana, who’d lost everything to a devastating flood that had destroyed their home.
The whole family was distraught, but Ethan Comeaux, the family’s son, had taken it particularly hard. The young boy was pictured crying in his ruined room, he’d lost all his toys and clothes, and his TV set too. Kameron thought about how distressed he’d be if that happened to him.
So, unbelievably, he set about trying to raise money for the Comeauxs, a family he’d never met before, and only ever seen on the news. He decided $2,000 would cover a good amount of their losses and began raising money at his church when some police officers noticed the effort and decided to help out.
Other members of the community followed suit, and before long, donations were pouring in from across the county. Kameron quickly smashed through his $2,000 target to hit a whopping $4,000!
Not only that, but he’d received donations of toys, TVs, and clothes too, and with the help of his local law enforcement, loaded up an SUV to drive and deliver the goods to the Comeaux family. All for a total stranger he felt sorry for! Understandably, the Comeauxs were blown away by the stunning act of generosity. Despite his name, Kameron Smalls has the biggest of hearts.
Happy Animals Club
Back in 2014, Davao City, in The Philippines was having a massive problem. They were overrun by stray dogs and struggling to do anything about it. It was so bad that the Animal Control Unit was capturing up to 50 dogs a day, but if an owner didn’t come for them after three days, they’d have to be put down.
When eight-year-old local Ken Amante was walking home from school he used to see all the starving strays on the street. Ken’s father started noticing his son was coming home later and later each day and his pocket money kept mysteriously disappearing.
So one day, the concerned dad followed him to see what was going on. What he saw absolutely shocked him. He watched his son enter a grocery store and come out with a bag bulging full of stuff. Then, as Ken walked into the town, he suddenly stopped in the middle of the road and swung his bag off his shoulder.
Out of it, he pulled a tin of dog food and some paper plates. Suddenly, stray dogs came running towards the food. Ken had been spending all of his pocket money taking care of the street dogs! Word spread of the boy’s selfless actions and he went viral on social media, after which over $33,000 worth of donations began pouring in to help him.
Ken used the money to buy a plot of land and open an animal shelter he named Happy Animals Club. Nine years later, he’s managed to save and rehome hundreds of stray cats and dogs. When everyone else had given up hope on those animals, little Ken came in and saved them. If that doesn’t leave you feeling inspired then nothing will!
Taking the Plunge
In 2009, when floods ravaged Bac Lieu province in Vietnam, one brave girl jumped into the rushing water with a bowl to save a stranded puppy!
And over in Noakhali, Bangladesh, a local boy called Belal did something even more awesome. The rainy season had caused similar floods there and he noticed a baby deer had fallen into the rushing river. Like the Vietnamese girl, he couldn’t just sit by and do nothing. So, Belal dove into the surging river, swam over to the fawn, and held it aloft out of harm’s way.
But as he did so, his head went under the water and he struggled to surface again! A group of villagers gathered to watch the tense affair, but after what seemed like a nail-biting eternity, the boy finally emerged from the current, triumphantly holding the deer above his head.
As he waded back to safety, the villagers cheered and clapped at the heroic display, and the fawn was safely reunited with its family, all thanks to Belal’s valiant efforts. That’s what you call diving in the heroism deep end!
The Boy Who Grew Out His Hair For Cancer Patients
After six-year-old Christian McPhilamy saw a commercial for Tennessee’s St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital he was touched by how many young people were suffering from serious illnesses.
In response, he started growing out his hair. Why? Because he wanted to donate it to make wigs for children with cancer, to help them feel more normal. However, as his hair grew longer, he was teased and bullied mercilessly at school for it, and many people even mistook him for a girl.
But he never once changed his mind, because he knew what he was doing was right. In fact, Christian carried on growing his hair for an impressive two and a half years! So when he finally did have the big chop, he was able to donate four long 10-inch locks.
That means four poor children who lost their hair because of treatment for their illness don’t have to look different. However happy young Christian looks holding up his donations, and whoever received a lovely blonde head of hair probably looked even happier.
Children Help Get Shelter Dogs’ Tails Wagging By Reading Them Tales
There’s no purer love in this world than humans’ love for dogs. And the Humane Society of Missouri employs a rather unusual technique to rehabilitate and refamiliarize shy dogs with human interaction. They have a reading program where kids aged six to fifteen read them stories! Seriously, check this footage below:
Kids who want to participate have to complete a 10-hour training program before they’re allowed to interact with the animals. What’s great about it is that many of those dogs come from difficult backgrounds which have made them fear people.
That way, no physical interaction is forced on the poor puppy, but if they respond well to the child they get given a little treat. It also gives children a space to practice their reading skills without the pressure of an adult correcting them all the time.
I hope you were touched by these stories of kids who did acts of kindness. Thanks for reading!