On the Trustworthiness of Chocolate

From coupons to hitchhikers to engine fires to … the trustworthiness of chocolate? 🙂 We’ve had a wide variety of stories this last month. As usual I’ve shared a few of the comments that have been posted below. This is a great chance to go back, re-read the stories and maybe add your own.

Have you been listening to the podcast? I hope so. Each week one of our stories is provided in audio form. Listening’s another great way to get that lift that HeroicStories aims to provide. You can find out more about the podcast, and all the different ways you can get it, right here: The HeroicStories Podcast.

One of the common comments I get from folks who’ve been with HeroicStories from the “early days” is “how about some new ones!?”. Well, that’s kind of up to you! HeroicStories has always relied on reader submissions for the stories we publish. Yes, we have a back-catalog of over 800 stories that we continue to republish twice each week, but when we love to publish original new works when we can (we even did so this week). Check out the Story Submission Guidelines for more information.

On to the last month’s worth of stories…


Coupon Chain Reaction

Coupon sales move down the checkout aisle getting everyone a good deal!

Tacie says: What a lovely story. I love when people help each other in a grocery line. It gives everyone a lift.

Kellie adds: Agreed. The lady behind Joe could have gotten impatient and frustrated with the delay all this talking was doing, but instead she graciously assisted and it probably ended up taking less time than if she would have let Joe “fight it out”.

Don’t Tell Your Father

On a freezing day compassion overcomes fear.

Jim Carten says: I hear you!!! I too shy away from picking up hitch hikers unless the wx is bad. The ones I like to pick up, in my truck, are a couple with a dog and lots of baggage……..Been there…

Annette N adds: I too am cautious about hitch hikers. But, years ago, at an airport to pick up a dog, our car stopped working. A driver of an 18 wheeler, picked up my husband, our dog and me and drove us over 100 miles. So, I am grateful that there are people who see someone in trouble and offer help. And I wish we lived in a world where everyone could do that.

On the Move

… and then the engine catches fire! While gas is still pumping!

Kaye says: Having lived in Texas for many years, I’d say that these good old boys had dealt with this situation more than once. 🙂

The Cadbury Man

Lost in a strange neighborhood a small girl is rescued by the chocolate man.

Linda Ray says: I had a somewhat similar experience when I was about Anne’s age. I was walking home from elementary school (in Campbell River, B.C.) in a storm with torrential rain. When I came to a wide ditch that usually had a trickle of water or less in it, it was full of fast-moving water. I was afraid to cross, not knowing exactly how deep it was, but knowing it was over my rubber boots. As I stood there crying and not knowing what to do, a man stopped his car and carried me across the ditch. Then he drove me home. I’ve never forgotten his kindness.

Hey Lady!

People jump out of a crowd and rescue a stolen purse.

Donna Hollis says: I too saw a person come to the aid of a friend whose wallet was lifted in Chicago. It was my first time there and I have always thought of it as a great human city since then.

The Bargain

A voice on the phone, from an unknown woman, helps a student make it through nursing school.

Cheryl says: I love this story. That woman was a career counselor, not just an employment worker. I’m sure she impacted many lives and it is so good to hear about one. Thanks for sharing.

VK adds: This is a lovely story that brought home to me why I read this email every time it arrives. It was nice that the author had someone who was willing to support and listen at a time when she needed it the most. But it is also nice that the author recognised – and continues to remember- this assistance, something that the person on the other end of the phone might have forgotten. It takes good people to do the things that shape us, but also takes good people to acknowledge the ways in which small actions make a huge difference in our lives. Thank you Heroic Stories for continuing to provide that lesson, in small ways, one email at a time.

Colyn says: What a fabulous story! As a parent, it is my hope that for my kids and everyone’s, that in tough times there are compassionate people to help guide them. For a variety of reasons, not all kids will reach out to their family, so I applaud the other “Mom” that provided the encouragement needed. To the author, thank you for sharing and sticking with it!


Remember: keep sharing HeroicStories with your friends and family – it’s the only way we grow; “word of mouse” as someone used to say. 🙂

Until next time,

Leo A. Notenboom
Publisher: https://heroicstories.org
Co-Conspirator to Make the World a Better Place