A crossing guard's impact and other stories that made someone's day

A crossing guard's impact and other stories that made someone's day


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SALT LAKE CITY — Each week, KSL.com compiles stories from readers about the goodness and kindness they see.

In a world that can be so unkind and difficult, we hope to make your week every Monday morning with this column.

On taking extra care:

Natalie J.

"A few weeks ago, as I dropped my daughter off at elementary school a bit earlier than usual, I noticed the cheerful crossing guard who helps the children cross at two adjacent crosswalks, sweeping the street with a push broom. The road had recently been resurfaced and he was clearing away the slippery gravel that remained. Just as the children began arriving, the crossing guard put his broom in the back of his truck parked nearby and guided them across the now-clean street.

"I'm not sure if street-sweeping is in a crossing guard's job description, but it was inspiring to see him make that effort to ensure the children's safety."

On sharing what you have:

Linda B.

"My elderly father was in line buying a few items at the grocery store when he got his checkbook out and realized all of his checks were used. A man behind him saw and gave the clerk cash and paid for my dad's groceries.

"My dad got his name and address and then mailed him a check, which he didn't cash. That person was greatly appreciated for his kindness. It restores your faith in the human race that there are still those people out there that think of others."

On showing support to strangers:

Have you seen any moments of service or kindness? Email a brief story (100 words or fewer) along with any photos or video to crosenlof@ksl.com.

Jared L."This weekend we went out to dinner. The table to the side of us had a family of seven or eight people — one of which included a young girl who seemed to be going through chemotherapy. There was also another table with a couple at it to the side of both our tables.

"That couple got up and left and shortly after the waitress came to the table of the larger family and said that the couple had taken care of their check. We were all very touched and so was the family that had a received the act of kindness. So glad to see there are still good people out there!"

On taking time out of your day:

Sarah C.

"About a month ago I was driving to my local supermarket when I noticed about six cars pulled over onto the right side of the road. I was worried something had happened so I pulled over to see if I could help.

"A man with a physical disability had accidentally dipped one wheel from his electric wheelchair into the grass and had fallen almost onto the street. It was so heartwarming to see that almost 10 people had taken a little time out of their day to help this man, possibly saving his life. He didn't have the strength to get back up on his own."

On thinking of a struggling mother:


"My daughter is a single mom living with me but trying to cover expenses for her baby outside of the room I’m able to provide.

"Last week she was frustrated with how few of the necessities her check would cover for the week. However, when depositing her check, her frustration lifted. An envelope was left in the drive up with the words 'Maybe you need this more than me,' and $80. She told the teller about it and was told 'It must be meant for you.' God bless the generous donor and the teller that supported her keeping it."

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 crosenlof@ksl.com.

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