It doesn't take much to help someone--do the unexpected and check off a task on their list of things to do, reduce a week of stress, or even eliminate years of agonizing over unfinished business.
It's called "Pay It Forward," and it happens when someone you don't expect steps up just at the right time to make someone else's life a little easier.
On a brisk Sunday afternoon, Nancy Stoll of Negaunee had her weeds pulled by someone she had never met before.
It was a quick and easy job for TV6's Steve Asplund, but not for Nancy, who injured her leg back in June.
"It was a freak accident, said Nancy Stoll. "I had a fight with a black trash bag and the trash bag won. I fell out my front door."
As the weather turned from warm to cold, Nancy's weeds changed from green to brown, and that's where Steve came in.
"She was a little put back by the idea that I was going to come out and weed her front garden areas, but you know it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, as long as you can make a difference in someone's life," said Steve Asplund
In less than an hour's time, weed after weed was pulled up.
"They were getting really bad looking and embarrassing to have them out there," Nancy said.
While Steve worked, Nancy watched from the side. It's a reminder that a small, random act of kindness, such as yard work, can make a huge difference in someone's life.
"It really is heartwarming, and I'm looking forward to be able to pass it along to someone else," Nancy added.
Now with an empty flower bed, it's up to Nancy to pay it forward.
We've designed a special place where you can follow this chain of good deads. Click here to visit our Pay It Forward page.