5 moments that made someone's day

5 moments that made someone's day


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SALT LAKE CITY — It's often the little things in life that can make the biggest difference.

Each Monday, we hope to share moments from our readers’ lives that made their days great. Whether it is a kind note from a loved one, an act of kindness or a person with an inspiring attitude, we want to hear about it.

Lance S.

On thanking the armed forces:

"I witnessed something cool at Subway in Roy. The gentleman in front of me handed the cashier his credit card and instructed her to hang on to it. Everyone that came to eat in military uniform had their lunch paid for while he ate with his elderly father. She was told to tell the customers that the bill was already paid for."

Dani J.

On giving compliments:

"I work for the University of Utah and regularly fill out purchase orders by hand for things that my department needs. I received an email from an employee who works with the department that processes the orders. She wrote, ‘Hello, just wanted to pay you a compliment. I see your handwriting on Campus Orders: It is Beautiful!!! I wish there were more people like you who cared enough about clarity. Have a great day!’

"It meant a lot to me that a complete stranger would take a few minutes of her time to compliment me on something as simple as my handwriting. It made my day. The world could use more people like her."

Jan B.

On showing kindness:

"My daughter wrote out 82 cards and gave them out to the residents where I work. It was for a service project for her English class. Some of the residents were very happy to get a card. A few were not having a good day and they were a lot happier to get a card. Some of the residents don't have family that come and see them. It was very thoughtful for her to do and she got a lot of 'Thank Yous.' ”

Pamela H.

On the gift of giving:

Have you seen any moments of service or kindness? Do you want to share a story about something that made your day? Email a brief story (100 words or fewer) along with any photos or video to fheaton@ksl.com.

“On Valentine's Day, I was waiting in line at a local store. There were two people in front of me, a man and a woman. The cashier finished ringing up the man's items. Then he asked the cashier to ring up the items of the lady behind him and he paid for both. As he left, the woman thanked him. His comment was simply, ‘It's Valentine's Day.’ I asked the woman if she knew him; she did not.

“The acts of kindness did not stop there. My 10-year-old daughter and I then stopped at a convenience store so she could buy herself a drink before heading home. She paid for her drink, then counted her money, hoping to surprise me with a drink as well. She was disappointed when she did not have enough change left.

"The cashier, seeing her disappointment, told her to go ahead and get it, and that he would buy it. She tried to give him the money she did have, but refused and told her to have a happy Valentine's Day. Thank you to those wonderful people who not only made my day, but showed my daughter that there are truly kind people in the world.”


On seeing the needs of others:

"As I tucked my 13-year-old daughter into bed one night, she began to tell me about a girl in her "facs" class at school who possibly didn't have enough money to purchase the fabric needed to do one of the required class projects. She asked if she could gather up some scrap fabric that we may have laying around, along with some batting to take to her.

"She pinned a little hand-written note to the outside of the fabric stating "It's not much, but it may be enough to make a small pillow." She was concerned the girl may be embarrassed or unappreciative of the kind gesture. She sneakily placed the items in the girl's classroom box before class.

"Upon arrival to class my daughter apprehensively watched for the girl's reaction — a big smile. A day or so later, my daughter saw the girl hugging the pillow she had sewn together from the scrap materials. Such a kind, thoughtful gesture from a 13-year-old girl to another student in need. One proud mama right here."

Have you seen any moments of service or kindness? Do you want to share a story about something that made your day? Email a brief story (100 words or fewer) along with any photos or video to fheaton@ksl.com.

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