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A mother's helper and 5 other moments that made someone's day

By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Posted - Jul 14th, 2014 @ 9:39am

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SALT LAKE CITY — Mondays are notoriously difficult.

Hopefully, these moments of kindness from readers like you will help lift your spirits and make your day something to look forward to.

Each week, shares moments from readers' lives about kind acts they have seen or performed and the effect they have on us.


On helping a mother with full hands:

“I was coming out of a store and had a very full shopping cart, my 4- year-old I was trying to keep track of, and my 6-month-old in my arms. A truck waited for me so I could get by them and next thing I know, both people got out and helped me load all of my groceries while I loaded the kids in the car.

“Completely made my day and made me want to watch for others that might need help too. Nice to know there are still such kind people in the world.”

Mike L.

On watching out for others:

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

“My wife and I were returning to Salt Lake City after a trip back east at the end of May. While sitting at the BWI airport during a two-hour weather- related delay, there was a young mother with her toddler. She was chasing him around while we watched her bags.

“When we arrived at SLC this young mother was trying to deal with the airlines about missing the connection to her final destination and no room allowance was available. She was distraught, so my sweet wife walked up to her and offered them a room at our house and a ride back to the airport. She was unsure but accepted and we took her home for a decent night sleep. My wife is a great example to me about truly caring for others.”

Michelle S.

On feeding a stranger:

“My husband — a truck driver — recently switched jobs, but did not work for a couple of weeks between the jobs. I gave him a little bit of money to get by for the week of travel until he would get paid. However, there were a few things he needed to purchase for the new truck, using up most of the money before he got his first paycheck. Several days before pay day, he was out of food and only had $4.

“He was talking to another driver and asked him if he knew where a truck stop was close by so he could stop and buy a loaf of bread so he'd have something to eat for the next few days. The driver was so kind, he said, ‘Oh, so you are the person I'm suppose to help today.’ He pulled several days worth of food out of his truck and gave it to my husband. I was so thankful for that driver and his generosity to my hungry husband.”

Layne L.

On easing the stress of a college student:

“My daughter was a student at Snow College and during finals week she was totally stressed about the upcoming tests. She needed a few groceries and supplies to get her through the week.

“She ran to the store and picked up her needed supplies and when she got to the counter and the clerk ran up the total, $46, she reached in her pocket for her debit card, only to realize she had left it in her apartment. She told the clerk her predicament and was about to leave when the gentleman next in line said, ‘I've got this.’


"My daughter looked at him and started to cry, not knowing what to say. All he said was, ‘I hope someone will do this for my daughter someday when she is in college and having a stressful day. Enjoy your day and good luck with finals.’

“Thanks to this stranger, I now look for small ways to pay it forward knowing there are good people out there who are willing to give a helping hand.”

Nick W.

On returning things to their rightful owner:

As I walked out of the grocery store with my 10-year-old son, he noticed a $100 bill on the ground. We talked together about what we should do. He said, 'Let's take it into the store and maybe they can find out who owns it.'

"The store employee put the bill in an envelope with my son’s name and phone number on it and said they would wait a few days to see if anyone came looking for it. If not, they would call and give the bill to my son. That very day a woman came back into the store and asked if a $100 bill had been found, never expecting to see it again. She was given the bill and the envelope and called my son indicating that this was part of her rent money for the month and was frantic to think that should would not be able to pay rent. She thanked my son for his honesty. Great lesson for him that day."

Ivan A.

On teaching by example:

"My wife and I, along with my two daughters, had finished eating at a popular buffet place in West Valley. On our way out, we noticed a young couple perhaps in their mid 20s asking people for some money so that they could eat. They asked us and, like most of the people they asked, we said we didn't have any.

"We continued to our car when both my wife and I stopped and looked at each other. Without a word spoken between us we went back to the young couple. I told them that I would not give them cash, but rather, I took both of them in and paid the cashier for two. I could have spent the money on a round of golf or a million other things for my family, but I didn't. We gave from our hearts and taught my kids by example the act of being kind, generous, and helpful."

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

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