EVERYDAY HERO STORIES
Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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CARING
JOYCE M My hero is my mother. She was one of the most truly honest, compassionate and loving people I have ever known. If someone said something hurtful to her she would not respond. Instead she would change their heart by giving them a kind word and treating them with respect. I am thankful for her always being there...
SUBMITTED BY CINDY
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GRATITUDE
I AM TRULY GRATEFUL FOR MY WORK I have been a nurse in geriatric and nursing homes for over 25 years. When I meet new people and tell them what I do, they say "I could never do that". Honestly, I can't imagine doing anything else. I am grateful that God saw that I needed my patients, more than they needed me. My patients over the years have...
SUBMITTED BY JEANINE
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CHARACTER
MEGHAN C My hero is my daughter, Meghan. She continually shows me the struggle of the human condition. It is not always easy, but it is something we have to face day-by-day; minute-by-minute. At every moment we have a choice to love or be afraid. Being afraid is easy. It causes you to have lots of company when sung in a...
SUBMITTED BY JAN
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FRIENDSHIP
MY BEST FRIEND In my life, a lot of friends have came and gone. But this all changed when I met my new best friend, Ellen. No one has ever made me feel so comfortable with who I am or shown me how wonderful life can be. It truly was a blessing meeting her,having her in my life,and being friends with her. I love her. Thank you...
SUBMITTED BY SARKIS KASPARI
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LOVE
SUSIE M My hero is my grandma, she is my BEST friend. She knows all of my secrets and other things that nobody else knows about me. I tell her everything when I'm having problems. And when I'm hurt she actually cares and listens. She makes me feel like doing GREAT things that I have never even dreamed of doing. She knows...
SUBMITTED BY NICHOLE
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GENEROSITY
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? At the checkout in Wal-Mart the other day, a woman (apparently disabled and in a wheelchair) was checking out with her grandson (assumed) in front of us. She was having trouble with a gift card given to her (it appeared that there was NO money on it instead of the $50.00 there should have been). After several...
SUBMITTED BY PAULA
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GRATITUDE
GRATITUDE I am grateful that people seem to be turning towards concepts like this - a public request for values - in a world that also seems full of hatred & irresponsible greed. I am grateful for people, hopefully in greatly increasing numbers, who stand up & say "No More!" to vitriol & incendiary hate speech & the powers...
SUBMITTED BY AEH
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OVERCOMING
TYLER A Tyler, from birth, has had a really hard battle with life because he was born with one kidney. However, he overcame having one kidney and started for the Buffalo Bison's football & basketball teams. He is always a lot of fun to be around. He is the heart and soul of the Bison basketball team. He has also achieved...
SUBMITTED BY JUSTIN GATENS
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LOVE
LORETTA B My Granny is my hero! She gave up her own day-to-day life to take care of her child that is mentally retarded and requires everything to be done for him without verbal ques. She taught me that just because things are hard, you can prevail. I could not be more proud of her because I know a lot of people that would...
SUBMITTED BY ALICIA U.
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INTEGRITY
PAUL W My Dad. The greatest man I've ever known. Wonderful role model, my dependable rock that I can always count on to be there for me when I need advice and counsel. He's my hero and I love him.
SUBMITTED BY BRUCE WOLFOWITZ
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PEACE
A SACRED SPACE In the brilliant space of time where the roar of the workweek echoes into silence, I was in the kitchen. I cleared the counters of crusted dishes until they dripped and shone in the rack. The clothes dryer hummed. An occasional car engine whispered by. Earlier that morning, my pregnant wife assisted our three...
SUBMITTED BY MACK DREYFUSS
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COMPASSION
DORA C This is my grandma and she was always very supportive of everything I did. She was always doing good things and helping other people. She lived her life to the fullest and did her best to live everyday like it was her last.
SUBMITTED BY KELSEY
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GENEROSITY
A SIMPLE DOLLAR My mother and I were at my brothers middle school waiting for him in the parking lot, he was at a basketball game. A few girls were at a vending machine and I'm assuming the machine took their dollar. In an effort to get their snack they were banging and shaking the machine. Many adults walked by and looked at...
SUBMITTED BY CHAQUIRAH
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APPRECIATION
BLESSED BY HURRICIANE CHARLIE My husband and I traveled all around the US for several years in our Class A motor home. We were trying to decide if we still wanted to travel or sell it when we found out my husband had terminal cancer and died a short time later. I had never driven the motor-home myself and did not want to travel by myself...
SUBMITTED BY IRIS GILLIARD
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
BRIEANA U Our daughter is our American Hero. Throughout school, all academic and athletic. At 14, became part of a blended family. In her junior year, took the wrong road. At 22, became a soldier with the United States Army. Just left from Alaska back to Afghanistan. The military is her life. She believes all Americans...
SUBMITTED BY JOY
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