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Photo Story of a Dog Rescue and Other Acts of Kindness and Humanity

We all need to take a break from the obstacles in life we encounter daily. Some are easy while others often threaten ones own life or the lives of their loved ones. A failing economy, sickness, poor health care, and a society full of greed, corruption, crime and selfishness can make every day a challenge.

This is when we all need to see that there is compassion and humanity still in existence. Here are a few good acts done from the heart from one stranger to another.

In this following series of photos, Sue Drummond was walking her beloved Shih Tzu, Bibi, on a pier in Melbourne, when a fierce gust of wind picked him up and hurled him into the rough waters of the bay. A passerby, Raden Soemawinata, who happened to be on the pier that day to scatter his grandmother’s ashes, wasted no time in stripping down and diving into the bay to rescue the animal. (Photos: Chris Scott)

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A man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro.

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Plaza Cleaners in Portland, OR, helped over 2,000 unemployed workers who couldn’t afford dry cleaning.

The store’s owner estimated that it cost his company $32,000 dollars.

I’m sure there were people who took advantage of a free dry-clean even though there were employed. I imagine the owners were aware of this. But the owners still kept offering the service knowing that they were reaching the people who truly needed it – and that probably some point in time, those unemployed people they reached out to and touched their heart would do the same for someone else in the future.

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Two children collaborating to rescue a dog who had fallen into a drainage canal.

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Series of photos of two Norwegian guys rescuing a sheep from the ocean.

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The picture below of Chicago Christians who showed up at a gay pride parade to apologize for homophobia in the Church.


… and here is the reaction from the parade.

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This sign at an awesome Subway restaurant.

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This Ohio athlete stopped to help an injured competitor across the finish line during a track meet.

17-year-old Meghan Vogel was in last place in the 3,200-meter run when she caught up to competitor Arden McMath, whose body was giving out. Instead of running past her to avoid the last-place finish, Vogel put McMath’s arm around her shoulders, carried her 30 meters, and then pushed her over the finish line before crossing it. Image by The Daily Call, Mike Ullery / AP


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  1. You know every day puts up this bullshit “Fresh Pressed” stuff and something like this, never makes the cut, and that is really sad. I would like to see this go viral … I will reblog it to my site tomorrow, if you don’t mind?

    Thanks for what you do and how you do it. This is just what the doctor ordered and I am glad I found it at the start of my day.

    Don Smith

  2. What a beautiful way to start the day. We need more stories like this from all the media to remind us of all the good in the world.

    The only story here I’d seen before was the last one, and the report I saw said the girl who stopped to help the other was on her way to winning when she stopped.

    • I had seen the two boys saving the dog in the canal.

      Now, if the girl was on her way to winning, why would she have come from behind the girl who was losing and in last (or second to the last) place. I’m sure whoever did that story thought it would be a better read to change the facts, but don’t. One should not change facts with words. The story is just as powerful, if not more, as it is.

  3. Thank you for this wonderful post Michelle. You have no idea how badly I needed to see this right now, and I am deeply moved. I’ve been feeling increasingly more cynical and bitter about the darker side human nature, and I really needed this wonderful reminder that there are still good people out there who are bright and shining examples of “the better angels of our nature…” There are still people who are the living representatives of compassion, and who care enough to take action and help others instead of harm them.

    The photos were all truly inspiring, and I’m now feeling a little bit of hope and even a hint of optimism – which is so much better than feeling jaded and poisoned with anger that alternates with feelings of despair.

  4. I found your post while trying to find more info on the maltese rescue pic that’s all over Facebook. I am in tears. Thank you so very much for posting this. It really made my day/week/month…..

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