07:18 PM EDT 08/21/2014
Originally posted 05/29/2014 03:30PM
First grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis knew she had to act fast the moment she heard gunfire outside her classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut, in December of 2012. In a matter of seconds, she closed the door, turned off the lights and packed 15 first graders into the tiny bathroom in their classroom.
Originally posted 05/29/2014 09:50AM
High school is difficult for nearly everyone, but few have had a harder four years than Griffin Furlong.
Tragedy struck the Jacksonville student when he was just a child. When he was 6, his mother died of leukemia. Shortly thereafter, he became homeless.
Furlong lived alongside his father and brother in a shelter in Kentucky before moving to Florida, where they were kept financially afloat – barely – thanks to contributions from their extended family. Still, the specter of falling back into homelessness loomed over the trio.
Originally posted 05/27/2014 01:15PM
Barbie Thomas didn't win any major awards at the recent NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championship in Charleston, South Carolina, but the audience made her feel like a star.
Originally posted 05/26/2014 01:30PM
To many Americans, Memorial Day means barbecues and the start of the summer season. But it's first and foremost a time to remember the men and women who have served our country, giving thanks to those who risk their lives everyday to protect ours.
Originally posted 05/26/2014 08:50AM
Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute and remember those men and women who died while serving in our nation's armed forces. And just as families across the country today are honoring those who have served and made the greatest sacrifice, we are also reminded of those who are still in the trenches, both in war zones and here at home
PEOPLE's ongoing series Heroes Among Us profiles everyday Americans who are going the extra mile to help neighbors and strangers, and the seven amazing men highlighted below – all retired from, or affiliated with, the armed services – deserve another round of applause for their inspiring acts of kindness.
Originally posted 05/23/2014 12:00PM
Five inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week’s list)
Originally posted 05/21/2014 03:00PM
It's time to throw in a little more gratitude with your gratuity (unless you're a party of six or more, then it's included) – May 21 is National Waiters and Waitresses Day, a holiday calling restaurant patrons to throw down a little extra on their checks in appreciation of all the hard work servers do (as well as the dangers they face).
Like many holidays, Waiters and Waitresses Day is as big as you want it to be. Looking to go all-out this year? Then why not draw inspiration from these seven real-life tales of astoundingly large tips – read them below, and then maybe think of ways you could make your own server's day.
Originally posted 05/16/2014 12:05PM
Four inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week's list)
Originally posted 05/15/2014 03:00PM
Joseph Carbone can still picture the Navajo teen in his office, trying on his first pair of eyeglasses, paid for by a benefactor.
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