Acts of Kindness

  Beloved school cafeteria worker throws pizza party for students

The cafeteria manager at St. Joseph Catholic School in Petersburg is one of a kind. For decades she’s made delicious meals for the entire school, all by herself.

  Richmond nursing assistant awarded with shopping spree

  Henrico garbage man earns ‘Driver of the Year’ at Waste Management

  Dinwiddie teen delivers wood for people in need

  ‘It’s hard to find honest people’: Woman thanks couple who returned lost wallet

  ‘She always had a way with students’: Henrico teacher retires after 32 years

  Richmonders win money for positive attitude through difficult times

Continued Coverage

  Acts of Kindness: Feed More gets money to provide 1,200 meals

  Organization prepares to feed 2,000 people in Richmond for Christmas

  Chesterfield man uses reward to buy books for school, gets 400 more donated to Indian Reservation

Chesterfield nursing homes receive nearly 1,000 holiday cards from police, neighbors

  Richmond non-profit recognized for efforts on frontline of COVID-19 pandemic

We’ve seen this year’s heartbreaking letters to Santa. USPS is helping you bring those kids’ dreams to life.

  Hanover County woman honors late daughter by gifting blankets to cancer patients

A Hanover County mother is honoring her daughter by gifting blankets to cancer patients.

  Richmond nurse goes above & beyond to keep spirits up for resident at nursing home

Most nursing homes aren’t allowing visitors right now and it’s all in the name of safety, but it doesn’t make it any easier for families. But nurses are stepping up and filling new roles to keep families as connected as possible.

  Richmond teacher helps older parents, students with computer issues

A Richmond teacher is going above and beyond to help students and their older parents experiencing computer issues amid virtual learning.

  Virginia voters answer presidential trivia questions to win $100

here’s a lot of tension and anxiety surrounding this year’s presidential election, so NBC12 wanted to switch things up a bit.

  Flagger in Chesterfield County makes residents in community feel special

  Couple delivers groceries to their elderly neighbors in need

  Richmond Deputy Clerk buys pizza for staff to boost morale

  Senior citizen thanks aquatics instructor for getting her through pandemic

  'It’s humbling’: Fundraiser held for Richmond choir director with stage 4 cancer

Heartwarming stories to remind you to find joy amid the pandemic

  Richmond non-profit provides ‘mutual aid’ to those on need

A local non-profit organization is awarded the NBC12 "Acts of Kindness" for their exceptional work providing food to families in need.

  Motivational quotes & drawings boosts neighborhood morale

A Varina woman creates writes motivational quotes out of chalk and draws silly characters to make her neighbors smile.

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

A Sandston family recently moved into a new home - a healthy space for their growing family - but it was missing something. That’s when a local painter stepped in to make the place really feel like home.

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

Every Saturday since March, Debra Bontz orders 50 cheeseburgers from McDonald’s and packs up her truck to hand them out. Bontz is the Director of the Ministry of the Homeless for Asbury United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg.

Central Va. family celebrates grandmother’s 100th birthday

On her 100th birthday, Arlyne Boone said her secret to a long life is simple — good genes.

  ‘Acts of Kindness’ award given to Bellevue Elementary School

Even though this school year will be far different from any other, there is still a need for school supplies.

  Former Chesterfield officer recognized for helping clean community

A former Chesterfield police officer is finding new ways to contribute to his community after retirement. He dedicated 25 years to the force, and now, he’s protecting the environment and doing a service that’s often overlooked.

  Pregnant nurse jumps into action after witnessing crash in Henrico

An off-duty registered nurse was on her way to the grocery store with her mom when she witnessed a terrifying crash on July 27, 2020.

  Garbage man spreads joy on the job

“I just love doing my job. I love my customers with all my heart, I really do,”

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

If you’re in need of help during COVID-19, a local church is stepping up to make sure the community is fed.

  Henrico couple helps neighbors after lightning strike sparks condo fire

A Henrico couple is helping their neighbors after a lightning strike sparked a condo fire on July 21.

  Dinwiddie man honored for dedicating years of service to community

A Petersburg woman has finally gotten the chance to say “thank you” to a man she has indirectly known for decades.

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

We’re about four months into the coronavirus pandemic and things are changing every day. However, the message from the Center Disease Control remains the same: Wear a mask to reduce the risk of catching or transmitting COVID-19.

  Woman creates ‘Blessing Box’ to help others in need

On Watchhaven Lane in Chesterfield, under a tree, you’ll find a “Blessing Box,” that was heaven sent.

  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

A single mother of two and a personal assistant for a salon owner who became unemployed during the pandemic was struggling to get unemployment assistance.

  Firefighter helps woman during medical emergency at Kroger

Lt. Casey Barden, with the Henrico Fire Department, wasted no time to help her out while the dispatcher sent an ambulance.

  Crewe family awarded $300 to help pay bills during pandemic

Coronavirus has caused businesses all across the country to shut their doors, leaving a lot of people unemployed, but the bills still have to get paid.

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

In the fall, Boyd Cave walked in the doors of J.B Watkins Elementary School and never looked back.

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

A VCU nurse is answering the call for help in New York City as it battles the coronavirus.

  Richmond nurse gives back to the homeless

Stephanie Howell met Misty Berry about ten years ago, their daughters play softball together.

  '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.