• The mother of a classmate makes sure that even the poorest get something at the Christmas gift exchange.

      Griffin Lilly’s Mother
    • An iconic sci-fi celebrity makes a difference in one man’s life … by caring and describing the future that he’d already seen.

      He Called it “Quits”
    • Stereotypes fall with a simple act of groovy kindness.

      Let the Sun Shine
    • A man sells his only means of production – so that his new American sister-in-law can make ends meet and complete her school project.

      The Tailor’s Sacrifice
    • In the mountains of Lesotho, a poor school teacher changes the countryside … one tree at a time.

      Oasis
    • A Taiwanese taxi driver, in fear after saving a suicidal girl, gets thoughtful advice from a young psychology student.

      The Troubled Mr. Wong
    • Alone for Christmas, a deaf man receives a wonderful holiday message … with words he can’t even hear.

      Unexpected Joy
    • At the depths of despair an addict recovers thanks to the help of a caring coworker with whom he was inspired to share his story.

      Talk With Bob and Be Honest
    • A neighborhood comes together to help a family after a house fire and in doing so remind us all of the human spirit.

      In the Hearts of Mankind
    • A young boy with cerebral palsy brings out the best in his classmates.

      Matthew Sails
    • With headlights dimming in the snow a family travelling at night receives help from a local woman who knew just what they needed.

      How Could She Tell?
    • A local family aids another on the way to Alaska with an unexpected meal and hospitality.

      Yukon Dinner for Five
    • An anonymous plow operator touches the hearts of two children simply by preserving their work, and their refuge.

      The Plowman
    • A cabbie breaks the stereotype and becomes more than a driver but a friend for life with a disadvantaged young man.

      Mike the Cabbie
    • A story of a dying man, bad weather and neighborly compassion when relief was unable to arrive.

      Through the Passage
    • A stealthy “gift” of vitamin B3 unexpectedly changes a life.

      A Saint in New York
    • An anonymous shopper picks up the tab for a prescription when the author’s money is misplaced; even though she was suffering from cancer herself.

      A Generous Woman
    • A famous star steps up to help entertain some rambunctious children on an airplane.

      One Person Can Make A Difference
    • In silence, while crossing an intersection, a man gives his gloves to someone more in need heading the other way.

      In the Crosswalk
    • Almost home from a trip to the movies, a father turns his car around when the author discovers that the change they’re received was fifty cents too much.

      The Value of a Half Dollar

HeroicStories’ mission is to use the power of the Internet and existing media to bring diverse, international voices to the world to explore the idea that people are good, that individuals and individual action matter, and that regularly showing examples of people being good to each other will inspire similar actions in others.

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Begun in 1999, HeroicStories brings diverse, international voices to the world – reminding us that people are good, that individuals and individual action matter. We’ve published over 800 stories like the following:

  • A construction worker laments his painful winter-cracked hands until he sees a man delivering newspaper bundles… a man with no hands.
  • A retiree spends his time assisting grade-schoolers. Not until his memorial service did his family learn of the magnitude of the difference he made in the lives of others.
  • Klansmen burn a cross in the yard of a Mississippi civil rights worker. She scares them off… then brings her children out to toast marshmallows over the burning cross.
  • A grandmother remembers her childhood Christmas Eve in a home with no heat. On Christmas morning she found a tree, gifts for all the kids… even heat.
  • A driver’s headlights quit on the highway at night. Another driver slows, turns on his brights, lights her way for over an hour to her exit… then turns around to drive back to his original destination

Our mission is to publish examples of people being good to each other, to inspire similar heroic actions in others.

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American Anthropologist