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How a Tiny Facebook Page Sparked a Movement of Kindness in Shorewood, Wisconsin

It started out as an online group for recycling kids' toys until a Facebook post from a member in need changed everything.

The 57-Year-Old Sweet Tradition That Turns an Entire Town into One Big Family

In Waterford, OH, apple butter is far from just sauce in a jar; it's a movement, bringing an entire town...


The 11-Year-Old Kid Who Hit a Home Run at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Thomas Moore is an “inspiration” to us all, says Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones.


How It Feels to Live in a Tiny Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

When a town's motto is "Nice people live here," you can bet their hearts know no bounds when it comes...


When Police Violence Threatened to Tear This Town Apart, What Happened Next Will Restore Your Faith ...

A saying goes, "When something terrible happens, it's how you react to it that really determines who you are." That...

Sneadsferry, NC

Community members socialize outside. (Credit: Teresa Simmons) It’s a small military town that is very welcoming. Whenever I visit, the


Vancouver, WA

Florence Wheeler (right) featured with one of the therapists who helped her in rehab. (Credit: Florence Wheeler) Most of the

Bethel Woods Center in Sullivan County, NY

Friends at Bethel Woods. (Credit: Barbara) This is the site of the original Woodstock Concert in 1969. It is now


Jubilee Community Association in Lacey, WA

Jean’s husband eats some homemade chocolate fondue with their grandkids. (Credit: Jean Rennick) Neighbors are always available to lend a


Bellingham, WA

You’re greeted by everyone who walks past you on the street with a smile, hello, or how are you even


Morristown, AZ

I recently moved here and the neighbors in this area are the most helpful and kindest people I’ve ever met.

Lynchburgh, VA

As we visited the area, we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness, hospitality, and kindness that we encountered during our walks


Ord Township Library, NE

Doreen stands in front of the library, her favorite space to write and make new friends. (Credit: Doreen Frick) No


Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH

Jason Kipnis, Indians second baseman, signs autographs for kids from the Miracle League of Northeast Ohio, an organization that serves


Payson, AZ

During the three brief hours I spent in Payson, I met the most compassionate people. Everyone from the nice woman at


Miamisburg, OH

Lynda’s neighbors placed this sign in their front window to welcome she and her family to the neighborhood. (Credit: Lynda

Clarendon Hills, IL

Jurassic Jimmy arrives at Prospect School — the first installation of Arts in the Park. Funds were raised to purchase


Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA

After 41 years, two long-lost brothers are reunited thanks to their love of rock music and the power of Facebook.


Sinaloa Estates in Simi Valley, CA

Local residents reap the rewards of their neighborhood’s free ice cream party hosted by Dreyer’s ice cream company. (Credit: Shelly


Monkiewicz Playground in Philadelphia, PA

Young Yarden is being told that the Phanatic is looking for him! (Credit: Bonnie Clark) A wish from a young


Rochester, MN

Rochester is full of people who are always willing to lend a helping hand to their neighbor or new resident


Providence, RI

Named a Finalist Because: From sick children in the hospital to newcomers with a story to tell, Providence finds unique


Winona Lake, IN

People from Winona are friendly! (Credit: Yash Ravi) Winona is a quaint little lake town with cute local shops —


Gloria Dei Manor Retirement Community in Huntingdon Valley, PA

Dawn Lowenstein, Manor resident, cuts footloose on the dance floor at one of the many celebrations thrown at the retirement

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Emory, TX

The people of Emory helped each other mend their broken homes and hearts after a tornado tore through their beloved


Trent’s Seafood and Grill in Jacksonville, FL

One of the best seafood restaurants in Jacksonville, Florida. The owners and staff are friendly and give the best service. They warmly greet you when you walk in and the waitress always serves you with a smile.


Bowling Green, KY

We live in Woodstock, IL and always thought that midwesterners were nice people. Our daughter decided to look at colleges in


Beaufort, SC

Many residents visit Hunting Island Beach for a day of fun in the sun. (Credit: Susan DeMarco) Everywhere you you


Friendsville, TN

How could a place called Friendsville not be a place full of nice people? (Credit: Mitsy Stooksbury) I thought I


St Petersburg, FL

Stunning sunsets make St. Petersburg feel like paradise for many locals. (Credit: Suzi Fischer) In St. Petersburg, the sun shines