Get the latest from TODAY
We may not always see them, but kind acts abound all around us — and they're made all the sweeter when someone shows kindness to a person they don't even know. It can be as small as helping replace a beloved stuffed animal, holding the hand of someone in need, or making sure kids feel special. Here are some of our favorite examples of the kindness of strangers.
A 3-year-old Eoin Ekedahl's lost his sheep, and didn't know where to find him. But a new sheep named Lamby helped make the loss much easier to bear.
Imagine you're sitting on a bus when a stranger reaches out to hold your hand. What do you do? In this case, one man offered his hand back, and the response was heartwarming and explosive.
When a 16-year-old released a balloon in memory of her late father, she asked him to send her a sign. And she got one: Hundreds of miles away, kind strangers answered what she and her mom call her letter to heaven.
A stuffed tiger named Hobbes went on quite the adventure after his owner accidentally left him at Tampa International Airport.
A 21-year-old waitress from Fort Worth, Texas took the internet by storm after a Facebook post about her act of kindness — picking up the check for two of her customers — went viral.
A Virginia Tech offensive lineman was in line at Chipotle one day and, after talking to the man behind him, he suddenly decided, "I should buy this man's meal."
One teen had a hard time watching his mother slowly slip away for lack of a kidney transplant. So he turned to social media, and strangers immediately responded.
A Maine woman is getting a second chance at life, thanks to a kind stranger who spotted an unusual request on her windshield.
An autistic teen got the ultimate present (for him) for his birthday: a vacuum-themed celebration, complete with a vacuum-shaped cake and an in-house product demonstration from one of his favorite vacuum brands.
A Connecticut fire captain created the Fire Trucks for Christian Facebook page and posted a photo of his new fire truck to cheer up a 4-year-old as he began treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
A group of high school students are volunteering to serve as pallbearers for fallen military members who otherwise would have been buried alone.
Shawna Wingert was used to preparing for the worst when she flies with her 12-year-old son, who has autism. But her experience with one particular airline was so good that it led her to write a blog post that has been shared more than 8,000 times.
Need more inspiration? Check out the TODAY Pinterest board.
Jeanean Thomas had her stern "You listen here" mom voice ready to go when her young daughter encountered a clump of intimidating teen boys at a local skate park. But then one of those young men stepped up with an unexpected act of kindness.
Jenny Moretter didn't expect a lot of girls to show up to her daughter's 10th birthday party. But when absolutely no one RSVP'ed "yes," mom's heartbreak led to an outpouring of love that brought a whole town together in celebration.
For years, the children at one New Hampshire school have dropped spare change into a plastic jar — their small way of helping the school. But when the jar vanished, the school's executive director turned it into a teachable moment for the kids.
Traci Eubank knew that getting people to attend her son's 10th birthday party would be a lot more difficult than just filling up the 2,000 balloons he requested.
A young man in an Atlanta train station was dressed for success, except for his necktie. Fortunately, an older couple noticed his struggle and jumped in to lend a hand.
Love these stories? Sign up for TODAY Newsletters to get inspiration in your inbox.