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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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The Nicest Place in Florida: The Villages

A community of senior citizens remember the young men and women serving overseas by sending them goody bags chock-full of treats.

The Nicest Place in Pennsylvania: Delta Pizza in Delta

The local pizzeria owner made sure his Amish neighbors never went hungry. When his restaurant burned down, they repaid the...


The Nicest Place in Kansas: Cedar House in Abilene

When this town helped women struggling with addiction get back on their feet, they repaid the favor.


The Nicest Place in Rhode Island: Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett

As the people of this seaside town fight to save their library, the librarians go about their business, serving the...


The Nicest Place in Iowa: Lansing Iowa Food Trust in Lansing

People go hungry everywhere, every day. In this tiny town, help is here, and everyone pitches in, even guests.

The Nicest Place in South Carolina: Lake Trollingwood

A transplant to the south has found a home in a town that is so nice, she says, “It’s made...


The Nicest Place in Louisiana: Houma

A toe-tapping city welcomes everyone to dance their blues away.


The Nicest Place in South Dakota: Rapid City

Each winter, people drape coats, gloves, and scarves on the town’s statues. It’s for the needy to take, and it’s...


The Nicest Place in Georgia: The Fugees Family in Clarkston

This non-traditional school uses soccer to help refugees learn, and it has a 100% college acceptance rate.


The Nicest Place in Tennessee: Franklin

To bring people together, this traditional Southern city embraces its past—both the good and the bad.


The Nicest Place in Hawaii: Ahuimanu

"Aloha" is a way of life on Hawaii, and this place truly embodies the spirit.


The Nicest Place in Utah: Springville

Every year, folk dancers and musicians from around the world come to this out-of-the-way town to strut their stuff, and...


The Nicest Place in Vermont: Barre City

Most people don’t want a drug treatment addict as a neighbor. In this town, they’re met with open arms.

The Nicest Place in Alaska: North Pole

Letters to Santa make their way to this frosty town, where folks keep the Christmas spirit alive for kids around...


The Nicest Place in Illinois: Fox Point in Barrington

An act of vandalism against an LGBT couple brings a neighborhood together and teaches a powerful lesson to the next...


The Nicest Place in Virginia: Colonial Beach

When young people in a small town need a place to play, residents do what it takes to give to...


The Nicest Place in Washington: Kitsap Peninsula

For a period of 24-hours, no place in America has greater community spirit.


The Nicest Place in West Virginia: B.A.R.K. Club at Doddridge County High School

A student club is making it their mission to make high school a friendlier place for kids who could use...


The Nicest Place in Kentucky: Winchester

A friendly town gets into an unfriendly battle with polluters, and wins!


The Nicest Place in Wisconsin: The Lingonberry Llama Coffee Shop in Belleville

Small towns need a place to meet, talk and share. In this tiny town, that need was met in a...


The Nicest Place in Maine: Bristol

Often, townies and tourists don’t gel. In this seaside town, they’re one in the same.

The Nicest Place in Maryland: Whitehurst Community in Severna Park

It's hard to find a house in this neighborhood because people hardly leave, and when they do, they sell to...


The Nicest Place in Massachusetts: Plymouth

The spirit of Thanksgiving lives on every day here as new settlers are as welcome as the very first pilgrims...