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Being an ‘Angel on Earth’ Can Lead to a Happier, More Purposeful Life


Dec 13, 2016

Laura Schroff could have easily ignored the 11-year-old boy begging for spare change on the streets of New York City, but there was something compelling about his words, “I am hungry.”
A God-given instinct prompted her to offer to buy him lunch. It was an instinct she could have ignored – and that she might not have even noticed had her mind been too wrapped up in other matters at the time. But she did stop that day in 1986 and took young Maurice Mazyck for a bite to eat at McDonald’s. That act of kindness changed both their lives and launched a friendship that continues to this day.
Laura shared that story in her 2011 New York Times Best-Selling memoir “An Invisible Thread,” and the 2015 children’s book “An Invisible Thread Christmas Story,” both of which went on to win Christopher Awards. More than that, those books resulted in many people sending Laura their own stories about acts of kindness through her website. Now, she is sharing many of them with the world in her latest book, “Angels on Earth: Inspiring Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Connections,” co-authored with Alex Tresniowski.
During an interview on “Christopher Closeup,” Laura and I discussed several of those stories, beginning with that of Dru Sanchez (photo left), a mother from Tucson, Arizona, who was out shopping one day when she noticed a young woman with three children. She could tell this family was on a tight budget because the boy kept typing numbers into a calculator and they would then put food back on the shelf if it was too expensive.
“In that moment,” said Laura, “Dru remembered what it was like many years ago when she was a struggling mom, and she thought, ‘You know what? I can make a difference.’ So Dru went and bought a gift card, and brought it over to this young woman. And what she received in return was this extraordinary gift that she never could have anticipated:” hugs from the woman and her children. “And what’s interesting about that story and all of the stories in ‘Angels on Earth’ is that it’s not just the receiver that is receiving the gift. In many cases, it’s the person who actually is giving the gift that gets so much back in return.”
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