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You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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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

Petal, MS

I moved here years ago because of the location, but the people are also nice, friendly and willing to help

Kaysville, UT

Hazel, Tatum, and Adelaid cool off at the local splash pad in Niceville. (Credit: Terry Sheffield) People who live in

Niceville, FL

Residents like to sit on a bench and listen to the soothing sounds of the water flowing by. You HAVE

Annandale, MN

A grandfather and his grandkids enjoy a boat ride on the lake. (Credit: Jean A Peterson) We have many lakes,

Casa De Communidades in Albuquerque, NM

The food pantry typically fills up 30 to 40 boxes of donated food. (Credit: Allison Groom) I think Casa De

Biscuits and More in Marietta, GA

The “More” in Biscuits and More might as well stand for “friendship.” The owner, Chuck Morris, knows many of hist

Wauwatosa, WI

Family and friends visit their loved one at the senior living home, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place. (Credit: Eloise Schwarz)

Pensacola, FL

A resident’s garden helps beautify Pensacola. (Credit: Chet Stanhope) Pensacola truly is “where America began” since it was the first

Hixson, TN

A scenic hike through Coolidge Park. (Credit: Vicki Roginsky) After living out west most our lives we up and moved

Corinth, MS

A pancake fundraiser for kids at Waldron Street Christian Church. (Credit: Delores Topliff) Here, when you meet people for the

Guntersville, AL

After the tornadoes hit, it took a huge effort to get the state park cleaned. Now that it’s clean, it’s

Chester, CA

Randy Fossom’s annual Wheel Around Lake Almanor ride raises money for local charities. (Credit: Bill Mahaffey) I fell in love

Dalhart, TX

Dalhart is home to nice, caring people who aren’t too busy to help and pay it forward. On a trip

Ohio State University Medical Center, OH

The Ohio State University Medical Center has a laid back, polite and supportive culture. My family has said that I

South Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, WA

Named a Finalist Because: The nation could use a lesson from this opinionated island community, where combatants leave even the

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Kirkwood, PA

Neighbors help each other make this beautiful landscape with the cycle of the crops. When someone is injured or sick

Austin Disaster Relief Network, TX

Austin has experienced more major disasters in the last ten years than in the previous 100. The community has pulled

Olympia, WA

A local enjoys the Hands on Children’s Museum. (Credit: Margaret Stockert) Olympia may be a small city, but we have

Sun City West, AZ

The Sun City West PRIDES make sure to keep local streets clean with their volunteer service. (Credit: Peggy Joynson) There

Port Malabar Holiday Park in Palm Bay, FL

A 96-year-old resident of Port Malabar Holiday Park starts off the community’s senior olympics in full regalia. (Credit: Becky Earnest)

Ketchikan, AK

Ketchikan is a town where people make sure everyone is safe and happy. (Credit: Robin Harford) I was brand-new to

New Paltz, NY

The Huegonot family, pictured near the Deyo House, anchor historic New Paltz. (Credit: Stephen Deck) This town hosts the French

Salida, CO

Look twice! That’s not just a Christmas tree — it goes all the way up the mountain, hundreds of feet!