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Heroes Among Us: Sandy Hook Teacher Starts a Charity About Kindness

Heroes Among Us

Sandy Hook Hero Teacher Helps Classrooms Nationwide While Teaching Kids Kindness

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.

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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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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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Mississippi Sisters Save High School Students Before Bus Explodes

Mississippi Sisters Save High School Students Before Bus Explodes

Originally posted 05/10/2014 05:20PM

Sisters Bettye Windom and Beth Insley were on their way home from buying a car at about 6 p.m. on April 30 when they saw something strange.

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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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Christy Harding Will Donate a Kidney Next Week to a Girl She's Never Met

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Florida Woman Donates Kidney to Little Girl She Read About on Facebook

Originally posted 05/02/2014 07:00PM

Late last year, Christy Harding was scrolling through her news feed on Facebook when a photo a friend shared caught her eye.

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Heroes Among Us: Michigan Woman Collects Handbags for Abused Teens, Women in Shelters

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Jackie Bobcean Provides Handbags and Personal Necessities to Abused Women

Originally posted 05/01/2014 03:25PM

Growing up in suburban Detroit, Jackie Bobcean watched her alcoholic father, a police officer, unleash his rage on her mother and younger brother nearly every day.

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University of Alabama Swimmer John Servati Died a Hero in Tornado, Friends Say

University of Alabama Swimmer John Servati Died a Hero in Tornado, Friends Say

Originally posted 04/30/2014 02:15PM

University of Alabama swimmer John Servati was killed by a tornado Monday night – but not before saving the life of his girlfriend, friends say.

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Heroes Among Us: California Man Assists Single Working Mothers with Repairs

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Matthew Nalywaiko Helps Hundreds of Single Working Moms With Much-Needed Repairs

Originally posted 04/24/2014 05:30PM

Sometimes a broken down car or leaky faucet are just added stressors in the lives of already struggling single working mothers. But Matthew Nalywaiko is doing something about that – times more than a hundred.

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Heroes Among Us: These Four People Donated Organs to Complete Strangers

Heroes Among Us

These Four People Donated Organs to Complete Strangers

Originally posted 04/17/2014 02:00PM

Each day, 18 people die waiting for an organ transplant.

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