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Heroes Among Us: Massachusetts Man Coaches and Mentors At-Risk Youth

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Marquis Taylor Mentors At-Risk Kids

Originally posted 05/22/2014 03:15PM

In 2009, Marquis Taylor was well on his way up the corporate ladder.

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Celebrate Waiters and Waitresses Day with These 7 Tales of Heartwarmingly Huge Tips

Celebrate Waiters and Waitresses Day with These 7 Tales of Heartwarmingly Huge Tips

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.

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8-Year-Old Steers Car to Safety After Mother Passes Out (and 3 More Inspiring Stories)

8-Year-Old Steers Car to Safety After Mother Passes Out (and 3 More Inspiring Stories)

Originally posted 05/16/2014 12:05PM

Four inspiring stories you might have missed this week. (See last week's list)

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Heroes Among Us: Utah Man Gives Over 75,000 Children Much-Needed Glasses

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Joseph Carbone Gives Glasses to Thousands of Struggling Kids

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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Iranian Women Express Freedom by Taking Off Their Hijabs in Facebook Photos

UpdatePosted 05/15/2014 01:05PM

Iranian Women Express Freedom by Taking Off Their Hijabs in Facebook Photos

Originally posted 05/14/2014 11:30PM

The latest Facebook phenomenon: Iranian women, posting beaming photographs – without their traditional headscarves, known as hijabs.

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Woman Finds Balloon Messages from Grieving Kids, Raises Funds for Their Mom's Funeral

Woman Finds Balloon Messages from Grieving Kids, Raises Funds for Their Mom's Funeral

Originally posted 05/14/2014 04:45PM

On Mother's Day, Renee Finney's three children – grieving over her May 5 death from cancer – wrote heartfelt letters to their late mom, tied them to balloons and released them to the sky.

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6 Things You Need to Know About This Year's Medal of Honor Recipient

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UpdatePosted 05/14/2014 02:00PM

6 Things You Need to Know About This Year's Medal of Honor Recipient

Originally posted 05/14/2014 12:20PM

This article was originally published by NationSwell, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of innovative Americans who are working to effect social change and move the country forward.

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WATCH: Brave Boston Transit Officer Saves Man from Falling onto Subway Tracks

Originally posted 05/09/2014 03:30PM

A Boston transit police officer is credited with saving the life of a suicidal man by grabbing his arm and pulling him to safety just as he was about to teeter from a subway station platform onto the tracks.

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S.C. Police Officer Buys Bedroom Furniture, TV and Wii for Troubled Teen

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UpdatePosted 05/09/2014 12:50PM

South Carolina Police Officer Buys Bedroom Furniture, TV and Wii for Troubled Teen

Originally posted 05/09/2014 11:45AM

A Sumter, South Carolina, teen is finally getting a good night's sleep thanks to the actions of a local police officer.

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Heroes Among Us: Texas Couple Adopts Homeless Teen, Reuniting Him With His Sister

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Ara and Robert Hunt Give a Formerly Homeless Teen a Forever Home and Reunite Lost Siblings

Originally posted 05/08/2014 07:40PM

When a social worker asked Robert and Ara Hunt if they wanted to meet the homeless 18-year-old biological sibling to their adoptive daughter Shyann, the couple initially said, "No!"

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