In a chaotic and uncertain world, it helps to remember that good things are happening around us all the time. We think it’s important to pay attention to the good stuff. Here’s a roundup of uplifting stories to cheer your heart.

7-11 store owner realizes shoplifting teen is hungry; sends him home with food

When a teenager attempted to shoplift from Jitendra “Jay” Singh’s 7-11, the incident was caught on security camera. One of Jay’s clerks had spotted the teenager slipping items into his pockets, and after Jay had reviewed the footage, he went to confront the teen. He would call the cops unless the teen removed the stolen items from his pockets. Then, Jay learned the reason the boy was stealing. “He said, ‘I’m stealing for myself. I’m hungry, and I’m doing it for my younger brother,” Jay said. Rather than call the cops, the Toledo store owner decided to give the boy some food. He told the boy to go back and grab pizza, sandwiches, and other food items – free of charge. “It’s not going to make any difference to me if I give him some food because we make a lot of food, we sell a lot of food,” said Singh. “If he goes to jail then he’s definitely not going to do anything good in life.” Jay’s wife says that her husband is a kind man, and she is not in the least surprised. “We are part of the community, and we have to help the community,” said Neera Singh. “It is a part of our job.”

13-year-old boy saves up money from yard and housework jobs to buy his mom a car

Krystal Preston of Fernley, Nevada is a single mom who’s been trying to make ends meet for herself, her three children, and their three dogs – all without a car. Her oldest son William, inspired by YouTube videos of people surprising their mothers with cars, wanted to do the same for his mom. He would earn extra money by doing yard or housework, and when he saw that a woman on Facebook was selling a 1999 white Chevrolet Metro, he saw his chance. “It was really cheap so I asked her if I could trade it or earn it, and at first she said no and after she thought about it, then she said yes,” William said. The 13-year-old even sold his X-Box to help pay for it. When William told his other that he’d gotten a car, she didn’t believe him at first. But when they walked outside, there was the car’s previous owner, waiting to turn it over. “I lost it, I bawled, I was just like, there’s no way,” Krystal says. “And then she gave me the keys and the paperwork.” The story has since gone viral, but William didn’t do it to be famous. He simply wanted the help his mother. Note: a GoFundMe page has been established for those wanting to help the Preston family.

Hotel desk clerk entertains boy with autism with card tricks; mom is deeply touched

A front desk clerk named Khalief, who worked at the Hampton Inn in Sellinsgrove, PA had no idea that the boy asking him if he’d like to see a card trick had autism. Or that the boy had lost his dad a few years earlier and often sought out attention from older male figures. Khalief simply answered yes. Megan Griffin Haas was so grateful for this small act of kindness that she posted about the encounter on Facebook:

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