Random Acts of Kindness Across America

PHOTO: Mom writes an online thank you to the stranger that helped her daughter cope with flying on a plane.Courtesy Shanell Mouland
Mom writes an online thank you to the stranger that helped her daughter cope with flying on a plane.

intro: You won't find Random Acts of Kindness Day on your calendar. It's an unofficial holiday that offers the perfect excuse to wear your big heart on your sleeve. A generous gesture doesn't even have to cost you pocket change because some deeds come in the form of a few compassionate words. So, get clicking to see people caught in the act of bringing a smile to someone's face. (Click each title to see video on mobile devices.)

quicklist: 1 category: title: Tis the Season url: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/everyday-people-extraordinary-things-21418082 text: A wish for Christmas cards from a man who has Down Syndrome was heard all across the country.

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quicklist: 2 category: title: It Started With a Latte url: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/ajo-teens-memory-alive-random-acts-kindness-20401028 text: Alyssa O'Neill's parents honored their daughter's memory by buying Pumpkin Spice Lattes for strangers in a tribute that went viral.

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quicklist: 3 category: title: The Cycle of Giving url: http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/police-officer-working-teenager-bike-commute-19158691 text: A Phoenix police officer demonstrated the power of the pedal for one teenager.

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quicklist: 4 category: title: To Protect and Serve url: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/nyc-police-officers-chivalrous-act-homeless-man-17842953 text: A NYC police officer aided a shoeless and homeless man on a frigid November night in Times Square.

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quicklist: 5 category: title: The Friendly Skies url: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/stranger-shows-autistic-girl-kindness-plane-21550188 text: A businessman in seat 16C made one autistic girl's plane ride one to remember.

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quicklist: 6 category: title: Support Our Troops url: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/random-act-kindness-military-couple-viral-18796490 text: The girlfriend of a soldier deployed in Afghanistan left a Massachusetts Dunkin' Donuts with more than a cup of coffee.

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quicklist: 7 category: title: A Slice of Kindness url: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/slice-kindness-13951936 text: Random Acts of Pizza is a way to help those less fortunate, one pie at a time.

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