This story was submitted as a nomination to the Reader’s Digest “Top 10 Nicest Places in America” contest: a crowd-sourced effort to uncover corners of the country where people are still kind and respectful in an era of cultural and political divides. If you know of a community, business, or nonprofit where kindness prevails, then be sure to submit a testimony or anecdote here before the June 5th deadline. (GNN will be one of the judges!)
A story of compassion from Clinton, Iowa
I recently experienced the most amazing act of kindness by someone who was shown the same act of kindness.
I lost my husband almost three years ago. I laid him to rest the day before our 30th wedding anniversary. We had no insurance, so putting together a funeral was a challenge and I had not been able to place a headstone on his grave.
Then just a few days ago, a headstone was placed on his grave by some neighbors, one of whom was Trinda Colschen.
Trinda’s daughter and boyfriend were buried next to my husband after they passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident. The community came together and paid for their funerals and headstones. Aware that I had been unable to do so for a member of my own family, Trinda and a group of others decided to perform the same act of kindness to others.
This gift means the world to my family. I feel as though he can finally rest in peace.
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