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5 Everyday Heroes Inspiring Others With Their Selfless Actions

A two-photo collage. The first shows Julian Lin posing with a native Hawaiian outside of a pool. The second shows Julia Bonin and Amanda Leigh Ennis smiling as they hold Amanda's toddler.

With so much chaos happening in the world around us, it can be easy to forget that there is still so much good in the world. That’s why we love to shine a light on the heroes — the ones who, despite it all, strive to make the world a better place. We’ve highlighted many folks like this over the years. While they all deserve recognition, we’ve gathered five of our favorites.

Some have, quite literally, saved lives. But no matter what they did, exactly, one thing is for sure: They remind us that there will always be people who strive to help others. Keep scrolling to read their stories.

1. Generous Dickinson College alumni, Sam Rose, uses his wealth to create full-ride scholarships in the U.S. for Ukrainian students.

A two-photo collage. Both show Ukrainian students reacting to getting full-ride scholarships in the U.S. The first person covers her face as she smiles. The second person is smiling wide.

2. By listening to her instincts, Julia Bonin of California was able to help rescue Amanda Leigh Ennis’ kidnapped toddler.

Julia Bonin and Amanda Leigh Ennis smile as they hold Amanda's toddler.

3. When her kids moved out, Patricia Gallagher found ways to spread joy in the lives of senior citizens through flowers and toys.

Three elderly people in nursing homes admire the teddy bears they've been given. Two women are sitting, one smiling wide. A man stands nearby, teddy bear in hand.

4. Boy Scouts of America members didn’t give up on 73-year-old Bruce Otto, administering CPR for half an hour to save his life.

Bruce Otto talks as he sits in a hospital bed.

5. Julian Lin is only 8 years old, but he’s already raised, as of today, over $11,000 dollars for Maui United Way and Maui Humane Society in response to the devastating fires in August.

Julian Lin poses with a native Hawaiian outside of a pool.
Julian Business Man/GoFundMe

When the world feels overtaken by those with bad intentions, we hope you remember all of the folks, like the ones on this list, who are just as determined to do good — and above all else, that each and every one of us is capable of making positive impacts, too.

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