10 Dramatic Acts of Human Kindness

Project Linus
An Albuquerque, N.M. Project Linus group, shown here at the Bear Canyon Senior Center, donates nearly 4,000 homemade blankets to those in need each year. © Albuquerque Journal/ZUMA Press/Corbis

Project Linus is a non-profit organization that distributes homemade blankets and quilts to sick or traumatized babies, kids and teens via hospitals, shelters, social services organizations and other charitable organizations in an effort to spread comfort and a feeling of security when it's needed the most.

Project Linus has local chapters and volunteers -- also called "blanketeers" -- in every state. In Fayette County, Ga., for instance, since 2010 Project Linus blanketeers have sewed, crocheted, knitted, quilted and distributed 1,155 blankets to kids in their local community, and in 2012 sent just shy of 147 handmade blankets to kids impacted by Hurricane Sandy [source: The Citizen].