April 16th, 2014
12:54 PM ET

Unemployed Man Commits Random Acts of Kindness

What would you do if you lost your job? Look for another one? Apply for benefits? Take some time off?

One man in Utah – Daniel Smith – didn't do any of that. Living off his savings, he decided to spend a month committing random acts of kindness.

He gave out free gift cards in a Walmart parking lot and distributed care packages for the homeless, among other things. Videos, shot by his wife, got a lot of attention, and we're happy to say, Daniel now has a job. Donations have also flooded in for him to continue his work, so he's adding another "month of acts of kindness." We'll let you know how he does.

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  1. Daniel Parker Smith

    Hello there! So I just came across this story...that's ME! I had no idea you guys were posting a store on my random acts of kindness! One correction though...I have not found a job yet. I was/am in talks with Walmart about employment. Other than that, you nailed the story! Thank you so much for spreading the word about kindness and selfless giving! In this article it says that you'd keep readers posted on how things are going, please feel free to contact me through the email address provided if you have any questions! Thanks again for sharing this story of mine and I hope it's inspiring others to go out and do the same!

    May 4, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning, Daniel,

      Thanks so much for connecting with New Day and for all the #GoodStuff you share with the world! Your generous spirit makes us all believe in the #GoodStuff.

      We at CNN and #NewDay wish you all the very best as you continue your job search!

      Warmest regards,
      Lola / CNN VCM

      May 5, 2014 at 7:34 am | Reply

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