In the spirit of Thanksgiving, friends and families gather today to share stories, eat well and take a moment to be grateful for the people in our lives and the liberties we enjoy as Americans.

Sometimes the people we’re grateful for aren’t even people we’ve met. They are our better angels, those who have created lasting goodwill through the sweat of their brow or simply their time and patience. Some of them acted in a moment, while others live their acts out every day.

On this day of giving thanks, The Portland Press Herald would like to introduce you to some of the Mainers who have set examples of selflessness and kindness that would make anyone proud.

And thankful.