A carpenter in Ames, Iowa, who never had an opportunity to attend college, died in 2005 and left his $3 million life savings to pay college tuition for 33 students. This year, the last of these students finished her degree -- debt free.
A forklift operator from Phoenix, Arizona, was laid off from his job. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he handed out his resume to passing motorists as a busy intersection He received many employment offers, and is now back on his feet working at a concrete grinding company.
A math teacher in Aurora, Colorado, learned that one of his former students had lost his place on a kidney transplant waiting list because the 13-year-old was homeless. So the teacher became his foster parent, which gave the teen a stable home and qualified him to receive a transplant.
A customer in a Branford, Conn. restaurant noticed that his waitress was having trouble hearing him. He later learned why. Her hearing aid was broken. He responded by leaving a $500 tip so she could afford the needed repair.