Acts of Kindness

Heartwarming stories to remind you to find joy amid the pandemic

Here's a look at some of our favorite stories from the past couple of months! It's a reminder to try your best, to make the best out of a difficult situation.

  Army veteran paints Henrico boy’s new room for free after it reminds him of the hospital

Harrisonburg woman delivers cheeseburgers and smiles to those who are homeless in the community

Central Va. family celebrates grandmother’s 100th birthday

  ‘Acts of Kindness’ award given to Bellevue Elementary School

  Former Chesterfield officer recognized for helping clean community

  Pregnant nurse jumps into action after witnessing crash in Henrico

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  Garbage man spreads joy on the job

Richmond church distributing 1,300 boxes of groceries each Saturday in August

  Henrico couple helps neighbors after lightning strike sparks condo fire

  Dinwiddie man honored for dedicating years of service to community

  Woman gives away custom-made masks to curb spread of COVID-19

  Woman creates ‘Blessing Box’ to help others in need

  Birthday Brigade: Man organizes birthday parades for children celebrating during COVID-19 pandemic

The Hallsley neighborhood in Midlothian is usually pretty quiet, except for Sundays at 6 p.m. sharp when the “Birthday Brigade” rolls in.

  Treatment center owner honored for making positive impact on others

The owner of a Richmond treatment center was honored for making a positive impact on others.

Fredericksburg tattoo shop covering racist, insensitive tattoos for free

A tattoo shop in Fredericksburg is offering to cover racist or insensitive tattoos for free.

  Acts of Kindness reward given to Powhatan woman for starting Facebook support page

Hundreds of women in Powhatan are choosing to spread joy. They’re using Facebook to come together and sprinkle a little fairy dust. In reality, it’s small acts of kindness that are having a big impact.

  Single mother given $300, restaurant gift card after being impacted by pandemic

  Firefighter helps woman during medical emergency at Kroger

  Crewe family awarded $300 to help pay bills during pandemic

  'Mr. Cave is the golden gem’: Elementary school volunteer recognized for his kindness

  VCU nurse works in New York City to help with COVID-19 response

  Richmond nurse gives back to the homeless

  'You were an angel to us’: Nurse goes above and beyond to help family

Brian Dixon - who wasn’t even assigned to their care - stopped what he was doing and prioritized the family.

  Unique talent brings smiles to hospital visitors

A parking lot attendant at the children’s hospital of Richmond at VCU is doing more than just validating tickets and taking payment.

  Acts of Kindness: Chesterfield instructor honored for hitting all the right chords

A Chesterfield teacher has been honored for teaching ukulele classes.

  Richmond man gives back to homeless community

Volunteers from across the metro Richmond area deliver backpacks to the homeless, filled with hygiene items and non-perishable food items.

  Best Acts of Kindness moments from 2019

Here is a look at all the Acts of Kindness awards that were given to people in and around the Richmond and Central Virginia area.

  5th grade teacher loses house to fire, only misses 1 day of school

A mother of two and a teacher at Oak Grove Bellemeade lost her home to a kitchen fire but instead of taking time off to take care of home, she’s at school taking care of her students.

  Fundraiser set up to buy Letterman Jackets for Thomas Jefferson Vikings

Thomas Jefferson Vikings are making a historic playoff run and a go fund me page is set up to help raise money for letterman jackets.

  Watch: Anthony Antoine spreads some Thanksgiving cheer

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and NBC12 wanted to help a few people with dinner.

  Family grateful for Henrico teacher’s life-changing work with daughter with autism

One family is thanking a Henrico County special education teacher for the life-changing work she has done with their daughter.

  Chesterfield teacher makes positive changes for students at school

A Chesterfield County school teacher is taking it upon herself to make positive changes at her school.

  ‘Let kindness guide your path’: Acts of Kindness recipient gives award to help fight cancer

This week's Acts of Kindness has a "kindness" twist that no one saw coming!

  Richmond nonprofit Boots to Suits helps veterans transition into civilian careers

Transitioning back into society can be difficult for any veteran, and finding a steady job can be one of the biggest hurdles they’ll face.

  ’It’s my purpose’: Henrico woman drives disabled to appointments

A Henrico County woman is putting a lot of miles on her car to help the elderly, disabled and those without a lot of money.

  Teachers gifted $100 to ‘clear the list’ as school begins

For this week’s Acts of Kindness, we gave four teachers in four school districts $100 each to help them clear their list.

  ‘Labor of love’: Henrico mother helps people with disabilities

When a Henrico mother felt like there weren’t enough services for children and adults with disabilities, she created an organization that fosters a positive learning environment encourage this population to be more self-sufficient.

  Overcoming tragedy: Student who lost mother in crash gifted school supplies

In just 17 years of life, Justin Henderson Jr. has experienced joy and tragedy.

  Fitness instructor awarded for helping children with special needs

Woman plans to reinvest her Acts of Kindness money in the people that matter most.

  Pharmacy tech’s customer service ‘is the best form of medicine’

Instead of greeting her customers at the drive-through with the standard, 'Welcome to Walgreens,' Judy Tucker says, 'Hey Sweetheart,' or 'Hey Ladybug.'

  Richmond woman runs camp to keep kids active, affordable for parents

The camp is five days a week, but the kids spend little to no time indoors. Instead, they go just about everywhere.

  Henrico woman runs errands for seniors while caring for disabled mother

Kind, sweet and caring are just some of the words used to describe a Henrico woman who finds time to run errands for seniors at her apartment complex - all while caring for her disabled mother.

  Woman ‘called to serve’ helps feed community through church

A church in Colonial Heights has a simple message to the community: “come as you are.”

  Circles RVA volunteer recognized for her tireless work

On the Bales' last day at Circles RVA, the family planned a big dinner for everyone to say thank you.

  Richmond pastor spreads message of kindness in simple ways

Instead of dwelling on the negative things happening in the city, Jay Patrick is leading with a positive message.

  Richmond teacher ‘Mr. B’ uses real world situations to teach business concepts

Bismark Agbemble has become a valuable asset to both teachers and students at Thomas Jefferson High School

  Taekwondo instructor brings special lesson to students with autism

A Taekwondo instructor is taking the show on the road.

  Woman reunites family with missing cat

Moving into a new house was supposed to be a new beginning for one Chesterfield family, but their cat had other plans.

  Man who battled addiction for 30 years now gives back to the community

Joey Matthews has been clean and sober for more than two years.

  School custodian goes above and beyond to spark positive attitudes

There are certain people in life who can light up a room without saying much of anything. For a Goochland community, that person is Connie Brice.

  Cancer survivor helps those in need despite hurt and heartbreak

For decades, Shirley Carter has been giving back to people who are less fortunate.

  ‘In this together’: Teacher awarded for compassion, work outside everyday duties

For the past 24 years- the last 12 at Westover Hills - Janice Grey has been nurturing the lives of countless students.

  Henrico teen making a difference by volunteering at elementary school

A Henrico teenager is making a difference by volunteering a couple of days a week at a local elementary school.

  Richmond woman spreads kindness in honor of late mother

A Richmond woman who lost her mother to cancer is on a mission to spread kindness all across Virginia - one gift card at a time.

  Teacher awarded for giving special attention to students, teaching them positive habits

Michelle Hughey didn't think she's stay at her job long, but she's stuck with it since graduating in 2005.

  ‘They teach me more than I teach them’: Teacher awarded for helping students connect

Amanda Hach was instrumental in getting the STEP program off the ground, but she’s also a key player in the success of “Battle of the Classes,” a school-wide spirit competition.

  Family thanks pair for helping son with autism overcome new challenges

A 7-year-old boy with autism doesn't like trying new things, but thanks to a bus driver and his aide, he's all smiles when it comes to riding the bus.

  Teacher honored for making a difference beyond the classroom

Ms. Julisa Robinson has spent more than two decades teaching amazing little boys and girls, at Richmond Montessori School.

  Behind the curtain: Theater teacher awarded for family-like atmosphere

Meg Switzer, a theater teacher at Lee Davis High school, took over the program three years ago with more and more students joining the program.

Local Chick-fil-A raises money for 2-year-old battling leukemia

The Chick-fil-A in Westchester Commons will host a fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5 - 8 p.m. to help 2-year-old Brynna Kate Allen.

  Purr-fect timing: Family gets new get cat from TN thanks to woman moving to Richmond

A family was devastated after their cat, Snowball, died late last year.

  Second-grade teacher recognized for work in and out of class: ‘I love what I do’

You’re about to learn about a committed, passionate, and dedicated second-grade teacher at Cool Springs Primary School in King William County.

  Firefighter with other part-time jobs rewarded for helping out neighbor

After 23 years of marriage, Diane Wenrick would have to find a new normal, which also meant learning how to care for their 5-acre property.

  'FarmBus’ gives out locally-grown food for free

Local business owner drives bus full of food to hand out to people in Church Hill.

  ’Lauren the Veteran’ gets much needed help at RACC

The hound mix was spotted wandering the parking lot of McGuire V.A. Hospital for months. It’s how she got the name Lauren the Veteran.

  Cancer survivor helping Varina kids reach new heights

If the measure of man is how he handles his responsibilities, look no further than Coach Wendall Tomlin.

  Chesterfield County woman lifting weights and spirits

Chesterfield County woman is lifting weights and spirits at the gym.

  Chesterfield man honored for helping neighbors after Hurricane Michael

The morning after Tropical Storm Michael rolled through, residents were left with a mess to clean up including Kimina Harris and her North Chesterfield neighbors.

  Chipping in to help out those spooky shopping sprees

A new study shows that Americans will spend $9 billion on the holiday - equaling about $90 per person.

  Henrico teacher awarded for her inspiration

Lisa Robinson of Glen Lea Elementary school is "genuinely dedicated and works so hard to improve our students education and our community."

  Part owner of popular Richmond restaurant finds time to rescue animals

Part owner of a popular restaurant in downtown Richmond still finds time to rescue countless animals.

  Woman remembered for generosity: ‘We were really blessed to find each other’

A woman is being remembered for her loving spirit after dying from pancreatic cancer.

  Hanover woman honored for helping the homeless

For years, one woman in Hanover County has been doing her part to feed the men and women facing homelessness. Now, the volunteers around her are putting a spotlight on her selfless ways, in this week's acts of kindness.

  Richmond man lends neighbor his car for 2 months

Would you let someone you barely know drive your car? What if they were your neighbor, would that make a difference? Well, that's exactly what a Richmond man did for his neighbor so she could get to work.

  Paying it forward ahead of a Hurricane

NBC12′s Anthony Antoine decided to pay it forward ahead of the storm.

  Richmond couple takes in ailing minister

If the saying is true, this home is filled with more love than money can ever buy.

  15 years of mowing grass is one man’s gift to his friend’s widow

For a Petersburg man, cutting the grass is not a chore - it's a simple act of kindness.

  Nurse rewarded for her kindness, compassion

A nurse gained custody of a patient in hard times and her kindness was rewarded.

  Acts of Kindness: paying it forward to families for indoor activities

In this weeks Acts of Kindness, Anthony Antoine wanted to do something a little different: he brought a little bit of sunshine to some random families across Central Virginia.

  Veteran rewarded for helping others through Life Lessons

Some of life's most valuable lessons can come after a difficult time in your life. That's where Owens comes in at Life Lessons Family Services.