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Avocados grow on trees in an orchard. Researchers in California have developed a new variety that is more resistant to extreme climates. Alfredo Estrella/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly, host of All Things Considered, found her own unsung hero when a stranger reached out to tell her he found her wallet that she had lost on a walk home. Nicholas J. Boyle hide caption

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This NPR host lost her wallet, but the way it was returned has stuck with her

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Julie Ort (left) said she has never forgotten the kindness of a fellow classmate after an embarrassing fall in her freshman year physics class. Julie Ort hide caption

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After Julie's mortifying moment in college, a classmate knew just how to help

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Lila Hoffa struggled to express herself in writing until she met her third-grade teacher showed her a way to bring all her stories to life. Christine Newell hide caption

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Lila struggled to write, then a teacher discovered why and unlocked her creativity

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Sunita Kramer says a stranger at a train station changed her life after they saved her daughter. Sunita Kramer hide caption

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A stranger saved her daughter's life, but Sunita has never been able to thank them

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Carol Fowler (in blue dress) at the dinner her family turned into a charity event after her daughter's wedding was canceled. Hosea Feed the Hungry, via Here & Now hide caption

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Hosea Feed the Hungry, via Here & Now

Joey Prusak has been a busy man since his act of kindness went viral. CBS Minnesota is among the TV outlets that have spotlighted his story. Minnesota.CBSlocal.com hide caption

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Glen James, a homeless man who found $42,000 and turned it in to police, after he was honored for his honesty earlier this week by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis (in background). Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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A homeless man turned in a backpack stuffed with cash and travelers checks to Boston police. A passport that was with the bag helped police find the person it belonged to. Boston Police hide caption

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The note left behind by whoever took computers and other valuables from the offices of the San Bernadino County (Calif.) Sexual Assault Services. The goods were returned. California Governor's Office of Emergency Services hide caption

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California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Train passengers and railway staff tilted a train car to one side as they rescued a woman Monday at a station near Tokyo. She had fallen between a the car and the platform. The woman was not seriously injured. Norihiro Shigeta/Yomiuri Shimbun/AP hide caption

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Nov. 22: Volunteers prepared Thanksgiving dinners for people in the Queens borough of New York City, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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