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Sometimes, it’s reassuring to remind ourselves that kindness can be found anywhere.
That’s why we love the Broadway hit musical Come From Away. Based on a true story about remarkable kindness, it exemplifies the capacity every human being has to do good to complete strangers. In the immediate wake of the September 11 attacks, 38 planes were diverted to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. For the next two weeks, some 7,000 stranded passengers became part of this tight knit community as the locals welcomed them into their homes. It’s a remarkable story of the power of our common humanity.
To keep that same spirit alive, NBC New York has teamed up with Come From Away to find more real stories of kindness right here in our local communities. Know someone whose selfless commitment to the well-being of others makes your community a better place? You can nominate them here, and they could be featured on NEW YORK LIVE and see Come From Away on Broadway!
Nominations continue to roll in, but here are a few of our favorite so far:
“Anne P, is a New York woman who constantly gives to others with her time, donations needed, funds raised, etc. There is no end to her giant, genuine, and generous heart! New York is beyond lucky to have a woman like her representing the greatest city and state in the world! She is deserving of any goodness that comes back to her!”
“I would like to nominate Ms. Nadia L, a middle school Principal. She opened a school to close a prison. She lives and cares for her scholars unconditionally. She is there for them during and after school, on the weekends and even after they graduate from her school. She has a huge heart and is unstoppable. Amongst other things, she deserves it. She deserves to be recognized so others can follow in her footsteps. Kind, loving, independent and a go-getter.”
“Sharon, my neighbour. I just lost her, on my birthday January 9 ,2018. Sharon was just 40, three daughters, two with special needs. Truly a kind friend and neighbor. I wish I could tell her daughters how much she meant to me.”
“All New Yorkers have a 9/11 story. Patrice's and mine intersected as we watched the towers fall from our PR agency, PT&Co., in the Meatpacking District. Patrice had already lost her husband to a brain tumor and had several health issues. After 9/11, she metamorphosed into someone devoted to helping others. She donates her time and raises money for Girl Scouts of the USA and Dancing Classrooms and is a trustee of the American Friends of the Phelophepa Train. She founded Joyful Planet, a life consultancy designed to help anyone find a purpose and joy in life…”
“Her name is Jean. She picks up donated Trader Joe’s food and gives it to homeless shelters each week and is in her 80s. She's perfect!”
Do you know someone who spreads kindness? We want to hear about them! Head to NBCNEWYORK.COM/KINDNESS to nominate someone you think should be recognized, and THEY COULD BE FEATURED ON OUR SHOW! Be kind New York!