Heartwarming: Acts Of Kindness
Who said that the most beautiful moments
only happen in fiction?
This page will probably make you cry tears of joy
No personal ones or natter, please.
- 9/11/01: We saw the worst of some bring out the best in many.
- School bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff.
- To clarify, a 20-year-old white former student named Michael Hill went onto the grounds of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy armed with an assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition. After exchanging shots with police, Hill took Antoinette Tuff hostage... Then she started talking to him, asking him his name, telling him about her failed marriage, telling him she loved him, and empathizing with him to the point where she convinced him to set his weapons down and turn himself in peacefully.
- After Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey and his family still had power. The Mayor tweeted an open invitation for those in need to visit his house, have a hot meal, and charge their portable devices.
- A community in New Jersey donating over $60,000 to four kids, one as young as 11 years old, whose parents had been killed in the said hurricane.
- Even though they had enough dry ice to save most of the food, one supermarket donated their entire stock to an organization that provides food to the poor. When questioned about the loss, which amounted to over $100,000, the owner replied that he was sorry there hadn't been more to donate.
- Christians and Muslims: Two religious groups known for their rather intense disagreement of each other. So when the protests in Egypt leave praying Muslims and Christians vulnerable to violent attacks, what do the two groups do? Link arms in a circle and protect those who are praying Despite radicals in both groups constantly stirring up hatred in one another, it is reassuring know that the rest of the faithful truly do want peace between each other.
- A story about a 16-year-old Chinese boy who, despondent over problems in his life (including his parents getting a divorce and his older sister falling ill), went to a train station and tried to commit suicide by jumping off a platform. A 19-year-old girl managed to talk her way through the crowd by claiming to be his girlfriend. She attempted to talk him down, but he told her that she couldn't save him. So she grabbed him and kissed him, which gave rescue workers enough time to pull him to safety. When asked why she did this, the girl explained that she had been through the same kind of thing herself and wanted him to know how foolish suicide is.
- A little girl sends a little message by a balloon so it would get to heaven.  She gets a response.
- Actor Colin Farrell was once in Toronto shooting a movie when a local radio station held a competition with a prize of $2,000 for anyone who could bring Farrell to the studio. Farrell heard about the competition, and found a homeless guy on the street and brought him into the studio to claim the prize. A few years later, Farrell was in Toronto again and found that the homeless guy (known as "Stress") was still on drugs and on the streets; he took him shopping, bought him over $2,000 worth of clothes and household goods, gave him $830 to cover first and last months' rent on an apartment, and gave him a heartfelt talk about addiction counselling. A year later, Stress is still sober and still off the streets.
- Nearing the end of The Lord of the Rings filming, the stuntwoman who played Arwen during the chase scene really loved the horse she had rode, but unfortunately, did not have the money to buy him and someone else wanted the horse as well. Viggo Mortensen (who plays Aragorn) heard about this and told her he would see if he could get it. When he bought the horse and gave it to her, she asked him how much it cost so that she could pay him back. But he gently refused and replied that he simply wanted to give him to her, knowing how much she loved the horse.
- It wasn't the only crowning moment for Mr Mortensen, either. The story goes that during one of the fights, he missed a strike and cracked another stuntwoman a good one across the head, splitting her helm and doing her an injury. She wound up in hospital as a result. Viggo, in full Aragorn costume no less, showed up the next day at the hospital carrying an armload of beautiful flowers for her. Awwwwwww.
- A dying 10-year-old girl's last wish was to see the movie Up, but the hospice didn't send a wheelchair before she became too sick to get out of bed. A family friend managed to contact Pixar and got an employee to fly out with a DVD of the movie, a bag of stuffed toys of the characters and a movie poster. How? Pixar's got an automated telephone answering system; you need to know the name of a specific person to get through. The relative found the phone number then guessed a name to get connected, and Pixar employees agreed to send someone over the next day. The mother told her that Up would be coming to her room soon, and the girl said she felt bad, but would hang on. The girl couldn't exactly see the film as she was in so much pain that her eyes were closed, so her mother gave her a play-by-play of the events. Nearly seven hours after watching the film, the girl died.
- Just to further emphasise this - Up wasn't out on DVD yet when this happened. It was barely out in cinemas. They specially put the DVD together, which took some effort, just to show it to this one girl.
- And Pixar never made this into a publicity stunt, either; they've refused to comment. So this is because an employee wanted to give her that last wish.
- One time when the band Coldplay came to Mexico, they went to one of the poorest communities out there, and with THEIR OWN HANDS helped for a while. They then provided money and other aid to them. Apparently, they came back some time later. Just out of the blue, they decided to help. We need more artists like that.
- This image. Wonder Woman and The Flash in this picture aren't posing with the little boy; he got lost, and they helped him find his father. Rescued by real-life superheroes.
- Likewise, this story of a fireman who dressed up as Spider-Man to coax an autistic boy from a window ledge.
- Chen Shangyi and Wang, an eighty year old Chinese couple who have picked up and cared for over 40 disabled orphans from the streets.
- A group of gamers made a list of every move you need to make in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time so that a blind person they didn't even know could play through it completely.
- Team Fortress 2:
- During the Engineer Update, every time someone crafted an item, they had a rare chance to get a Golden Wrench. Only 100 were given out. 14 of the recipients destroyed their wrenches in the "Golden Charity" for Child's Play to raise over $31,000 USD.
- When the Tsunami hit Japan, Valve released a bundle of Japanese hats and other items that are specifically only obtainable through purchase, with the proceeds going towards the relief effort. These hats are only available during the donation period and would never be obtainable ever again. One such hat, the Magnanimous Monarch, was up for $100 USD. Over 1,300 copies of this hat exists. The event itself earned more than 400,000 USD for the relief effort in total, once again shocking the Team Fortress 2 team.
- Robert A. Heinlein loaning Philip K. Dick money to help with the IRS and phoning to cheer him up during a bout of sickness. Heartwarming because:
- They'd never met before.
- Heinlein and Dick disagreed on pretty much everything.
Dick: "He knows I'm a flipped-out freak and still he helped me and my wife when we were in trouble. That is the best in humanity, there; that is who and what I love."
- In 2003, in response to the "video games are violent and evil" publicity that came out of the Hot Coffee scandal, the writers of Penny Arcade decided to take things into their own hands. It started with one local hospital asking readers to donate money and toys for one month prior to Christmas. 7 years, over 60 hospitals world wide, and over 6.5 million dollars later, the charity still only runs that one month every year. The kicker? Every year the amount donated goes up. Even the columnist whose column inspired the charity was taken aback by the original response and was shocked and supportive of the effort.
- Twilightsucks.com is a forum for people who, obviously, think that Twilight and its fandom sucks, and Nuttymadam is a rather infamous Twilight fan who makes videos about how anyone who doesn't enjoy the books/movies is crazy. But when the latter fell on financial hard times and made a rather heartrending video about it, the people who run twilightsucks.com set up a fund to bail her out, and Nuttymadam thanked them on her Youtube page.
- The story behind this picture of Rapunzel. A girl named Cyril blogged about her dreams of being a face actress at a Disney theme park, namely Rapunzel. On her blog, an Anon said that she was too ugly to be a princess. After hearing this, Alice made a picture of her as Rapunzel. With the picture came overwhelming support and Cyril's page became filled with comments about how beautiful she is.
- Here's another Katrina story: when a group of women living in one of the poorest slums of Uganda heard about Katrina, they raised $1,000 dollars by breaking and selling rocks, then contacted the U.S. Embassy to Uganda, offering the $1,000 as relief money for the victims.
- Yet another Katrina story: In the aftermath of the hurricane, Carnival Cruise Lines provided three cruise ships to house evacuees and relief workers. Canceling of scheduled cruises and pulling those ships from their regular routes undoubtably cost the cruise line millions.
- On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake, described as the strongest quake in that area since 1770. In the (at the time of this edit) two weeks since it happened, people from all over the world have rushed to aid their fellow man, in one of the most astonishing displays of kindness and charity this troper has ever seen. One amazing example came from LiveJournal fandom when user pinkfinity decided to organize an informal auction to raise disaster relief funds the day after the earthquake. In less than twenty-four hours, hundreds of LJ users volunteered their time and any skills they had for the donation effort, selling artwork, fanfiction, fanmixes, fanvids, knitting, baked goods, and anything else they could think of. The auction ran for seven days, from January 13th to January 20th, and has raised over $50,000. During an economic depression.
- That, and The Red Cross website server was -lagging- because of the sheer volume of donations streaming in through the site.
- Another story from Haiti: CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper found a young boy who had been beaten with a slab of concrete by looters. He carried the boy to safety, dragging him through a crowd as his crew and other Haitians helped to clear a spot for the boy to lay so he could dress his injury. (Warning: lots of blood)
- Seven-year-old raises over 100,000 for Haiti
- Palestinians from Gaza sent donations, saying that they understood their suffering.
- Sean Penn has effectively moved to Haiti and spends most of his time working there.
- Bungie Studios got one after the Haiti quake. How? First, they made a new $20 shirt where 100% of the profits went to The Red Cross. Second, until the end of February, they would give all money made by the Bungie Store to the Red Cross and they donated $77,000 in advance, all to help Haiti. Did I mention they make only a few bucks from the sale of Halo games, and only new ones, so they were losing thousands in doing this? They gave up all profits for a month and a half and then spent $77,000 more. This troper bought one of the shirts and is wearing it right now.
- Blizzard Studios also is a very generous game studio. They have given over a million dollars to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
- In the anthology Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs, journalist John Pilger describes how, the day after his documentary Cambodia: Year Zero was broadcast in the UK, the filmmakers were inundated with letters with donations from members of the public who were shocked at the plight of Cambodian orphans depicted in the film. People who wouldn't have been able to find Cambodia on a map the day before sent money to complete strangers so that other complete strangers would have their suffering relieved. Some of the donors sent the equivalent of a month's salary, based on one 50-minute film.
- It's not much compared to the below, but the City of Orlando, FL isn't going to do Christmas decorations this year (09). So, what did Real Radio's "The Buckethead Show" (their midday talk show, after The Monsters in the Morning) do? A volunteer program to decorate Orlando.
- Takumi's Heart, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money to help a gay boy in Japan who very literally has holes in his heart. His family refused to help pay for his medical bills and even kicked him out of the house, attacking him with a belt. He now lives in an appartment that a friend is helping to pay for. So many people seem to have donated, that the runner of the site has closed donations until further notice so they can figure out exactly what Takumi needs more right now.
- The story of Tetsugen and the three versions of the sutras. A Buddhist monk in 17th century Japan, Tetsugen decided to publish the sutra in japanese. He spent ten years traveling Japan collecting the money for this. When he finally had enough there was a massive flood in Uji and he donated the entire amount to help the victims. He then spent another ten years collecting donations, but at the end of that there was a famine in Japan and he again donated the entire amount to help feed the hungry. After a further twenty years he had finally gotten enough money to publish the sutras. Of the three versions of the sutras that Tetsugen made, the first two are said to surpass the last in every respect.
- Speaking of Katrina, the fine folks of Radio KoL held a 24-hour telethon (hosted by one guy and a small tropical island's worth of coffee) to raise money for relief charities. Not only did they raise over six grand by themselves, the game designers (two guys who rely on donations themselves to keep the game running) matched the whole pot. End result? $26,792 total. From one day.
- James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty in the original Star Trek, once received a letter from a fan. Reading it, he realized that the letter was unmistakably a suicide note. He immediately contacted the letter-writer and asked her to come to a convention he'd be appearing at in two weeks...and at the end of that convention, invited her to another one...and then another one. This went on quite some time, with Doohan personally inviting her to convention after convention, until eventually, she stopped showing up. Doohan had failed to save the envelope from her letter, and heard nothing more of it for eight years. Then, out of the blue, he received another letter from the fan - she'd just received her masters in electrical engineering, and wanted to thank him for the kindness he'd shown.
- A short while ago, a Metafilter thread was started up by a person who wanted to save their friends from being tricked into a human trafficking scam. The friends had been flown in from Russia by a sponsor who assured them work as "hostesses in a lounge", a textbook case for eventual prostitution. The lounge, after thorough research, even turned out to be a strip club. Despite repeated attempts by the American friend to reach out to his/her Russian friends and keep them from meeting to sponsor, the girls insisted on going. Cue several hundred members of the Metafilter community offering information, support, and resources to keep the girls from going to meet their "sponsor". The whole thread can be read here, with the resolution being here. It's just amazing.
- One Metafilter member offered to meet them at the bus station and put them up, no questions asked, while they were sorting everything out. Even though she was unemployed, she and her husband lived in a one-bedroom apartment, and she had just had surgery.
- Facebook attempts to save a life. At the time of this posting, more than 20,000 people posted to beg someone they didn't know not to commit suicide.
- Don't know if it was mentioned, but during the 1847 Great Potato Famine in Ireland, a group of Native Americans, the Choctaws, collected $710 and sent it to help starving Irish. It's a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming not only because Choctaws were on the other side of the world, but they had to face the Trail of Tears, a forced relocation by the USA governement in 1831. They were obliged to leave their fertile lands and goods behind, many of them died during the travel, and the community relocated in Oklahoma was very poor, so that money was really something.
- The FNC pundit Bill O'Reilly is a divisive figure to put it lightly, but in this story achieves both a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and the Crowning Moment Of Awesome. To explain, in 2010, the father of a fallen Marine in Iraq sued the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, a hategroup based out of Topeka, Kansas, whose activities include picketing the funerals of those soldiers who die in service to the nation, spewing their hatred to the mourning friends and family. A father of a dead soldier had tried to stop WBC from protesting outside the funeral with a lawsuit. A judge ruled against said father and ordered him to pay WBC's legal fees, some 16,000 dollars that the dead Marine's family simply did not have. In response, O'Reilly immediately cut and signed a check for that same amount and gave it to the father.
- Every year, Milwaukee, WI radio station 96.5 WKLH holds their "Miracle Marathon" for the local children's hospital. For 60 straight hours they interview families of the kids who needed or still do need care there, raising for the past 6-7 years over one million dollars, going well over 13 million over the last 13 years they've done it. In 2010, a man walked in and left behind an envelope and said to not open it until they had a "power hour" or when the donations during that hour would have been matched. The man disappeared after leaving behind the envelope. When they finally opened it up, they found three dollars and a letter. In short, the letter said that the man was homeless and that was all the money he had. They had thought he was construction worker from near by.
- All the support that's gone out to Katie. She's been reading all the comments. This and this, too.
- When filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia, Angelina Jolie saw just how bad some people's lives were. This led her to donate large amounts of money to humanitarian efforts, go on missions to visit refugees, and adopt three children from third-world countries.
- This post by the Bloggess. What initially started as an offer of $30 gift cards to the first 20 comments asking for help with Christmas gifts for their families gradually snowballed into the blog's readers offering to help additional commenters who were struggling to make ends meet for Christmas. Not only was every request for help (from some 450 people) matched with a donor, but the donors sent out a total of over $40,000 worth of donations.
- James Harrison has been donating blood for over 56 years, after he promised to himself that he would after his own life was saved at 14 by the blood of others during chest surgery. The result? Two million saved lives. His blood has a very rare enzyme in it that's the only known treatment for Rhesus disease, which can either result in death or permanent brain damage for the baby diagnosed with it. To this day he's donated over 1000 times (a world record) and has helped make a vaccine with his blood. And to top it all off... his own grandson was saved by his blood.
- The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Hundreds of students dancing for 46 hours to raise money to support children with cancer, in the world's largest student-run philanthropy. Thousands filling the stands to support then and the visiting children, a weekend-long party just for them. Since it began, it's raised nearly $70 million, and inspired similar marathons in other schools. The amount of love and support poured out over the course of those 46 hours is immensely powerful. And then there's the Family Hour, where everyone hears stories from families whose children beat cancer...and families of the children who didn't. The Family Hour starts two hours before the marathon ends, so as everyone recovers from crying, the music is cranked up, and the arena turns into the biggest, most uplifting dance party ever, until the dancers are finally allowed to sit down for the first time in two days, and they announce how much money was raised this year. And the totals have been climbing each year, with the latest marathon raising $7.8 million.
- When a girl's microphone gives out during the American National Anthem, the crowd helps her finish the song.
- Lena Horne technically was not allowed to live in Hollywood, because she was black. A white man signed the lease on a Hollywood house so Lena could live there. Lena was, sad to say, not welcomed with open arms by her white neighbors. In fact a petition went around to get rid of her. Humphrey Bogart, who lived across the street, was outraged. He told Lena to notify him if anybody bothered her.
- Sometimes, we need to remember that airplane pilots are people too...
- Let Them Eat Cake: An aspiring rapper gets randomly invited to Paris Hilton's birthday party, and learns that the huge, expensive, fancy birthday cake won't be eaten, and will probably be thrown out. So, he takes the cake (literally), drives down to LA's infamous skid row (a notoriously poor district full of homeless people), and... serves it to the residents.
- Catherynne M. Valente (author of Palimpsest, The Orphan's Tales, and several other books) was nominated for a Hugo. In the days before going to the ceremony, she received something very special in the mail. Even though she didn't end up winning the award, the amount of care and love that went into the package more than made up for it.
"This is better. This is secret, and magical, and without precedent in my world."
- This◊ 4chan post. An anon goes into GameStop to trade in his PS2 Slim, and sees a little boy whose family is too poor to buy the game he wants, and makes the boy's Christmas brighter instead of getting a new Xbox game.
"...Because Santa sent me."
- Robert Downey Jr was struggling with alcoholism, down on his luck and unable to get a job. Mel Gibson comes to his rescue, keeping a roof over Robert's head and food on the table. The only thing Mel asks of Robert for the lesson in cactus hugging is that Robert some day help the next guy. In the meantime, Mel had a drunken rant about Jews to a Jewish officer, and he's been the one who's struggled. And so some day became the day Mel presented Robert with an award at the American Cinematheque, and Mel himself was the next man. Proof that Tony Stark has a heart!
- Autistic 8-year-old Robert Wood, Jr. wandered away from his family and got lost in the woods in Hanover, VA. For nearly a week, thousands of volunteers came out to assist in the search. On the sixth day, he was found alive. Manly Tears were shed.
- This video from Russia Today. It really brings a smile seeing Greek civilians rushing to help the poor girl...
- After the horrible bombing of the governmental area and shooting at a youth political camp in Norway, the main hospital of Norway called for people with the O- blood type to give blood to the victims. Only hours later, the hospital announced that it couldn't take any more blood. So many people were willing to give.
- This video of bystanders lifting a burning car to save a motorcyclist.
- Yukio Shige, a 65-year-old former policeman, has spent his retirement on a mission to stop those who go to the cliffs of Tojimbo from jumping.
- On August 17, 1999, a major earthquake struck Turkey, killing 17,000 to 35,000 Turks. Greece, which was not known to be a friend of Turkey, immediately mustered a comprehensive relief effort from all levels of government, NGOs, and individual citizens. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs were in constant contact with its Turkish counterpart. The five largest cities of Greece sent a joint aid convoy. Universities sent medical supplies. Blood banks were swamped with people wanting to send blood to Turkey. Turkish newspapers had headlines containing words like "neighbor" and "true friend."
- Then, on September 7, Athens was hit by a powerful earthquake that killed 143 people. The Greek embassy and consulates in Turkey were flooded with calls by Turks wanted to find out where to donate blood-and one man offered to donate his kidney to "a Greek in need."
- Children in Need, there's something incredibly lifting about an entire nation coming together and donating to a charity that helps children.
- The British documentary series Secret Millionaire (in which millionaires merge into struggling communities to provide not only one-off financial contributions, but continual aid) is just one big, constant, Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- It gives some of the recipients their own crowning moments. One in particular which stands out is the instance where an older couple realised the man from, as far as they knew a documentary of sorts, was living in a trailer for the duration of his stay, immediately invited him to stay in their home. They had absolutely no idea who this man really was, and the wife was currently recieving treatment for cancer, yet they still invited this complete stranger into their homes.
- The American version is shaping up to do just the same.
- The day after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, the United States Armed Services launched an assistance operation called 'Operation Tomodachi', or Operation Friend.
- In late 2011 (so close to Thanksgiving) Dan Green's wife passed away after giving birth to twins leaving him to raise them alone. His fans would have none of that, naturally. LittleKuriboh got involved as well.
- Mike Pollock also got involved to help his friend in a time of need.
- In fact, a lot of Dan's friends decided to help out.
- On the site Tumblr, a post of a man searching for his daughter Haley who ran away on December 26, 2011 was being spread around. Around twelve hours later, that number had risen to over one-hundred thousand reblogs. Ten hours later, another seventy-five thousand people had reposted it. His daughter was found safe and well in California and is back home. (Story.)
- One guy wrapped a series of Christmas presents like a Matryoshka doll, at the center of all this was an engagement ring.
- The music festival Woodstock had its own: The band Creedence Clearwater Revival was booked at a rather poor time (1:00 AM in the morning) where pretty much everyone was asleep. The band thought about leaving the stage since no one would really listen to them, until they saw a lone light made by a lighter in the distance. They stayed and played their entire set just for that one light. Peace and love, man.
- When Hurricane Gustav threatened Texas in 2008, the Obama campaign essentially said, "Hey, we'll get our donors to donate to the Red Cross. You might want to ramp up your servers, our guys can be a little intense." "Sure," thought the Red Cross, "we've been through Katrina, 9/11, we can handle it." The surge of Obama dollars crashed the Red Cross website in under ten minutes.
- Here's A Very ACLU Christmas. "And with all due respect to Mr. Schulz, I’d like to suggest that that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
- There's a small story of of a boy in Los Angeles named Caine and how he created a arcade out of cardboard boxes. The little kid waits for people to come, waiting for just that one customer to just join in and have some fun. So a film director happens to stop by for a replacement door handle, and sees it. The father sees it through the security camera and couldn't believes his eyes. Then the film director decides to invite people into the area and soon enough NBC got wind and the rest was history.
Youtube Comment: "This video didn't make my day, but it made his day and that's what it's all about. :)"
- The white members of The Rat Pack once forced a hotel to desegregate by announcing that either they would allow Sammy Davis Jr. (and other black people) to stay there, or Sinatra and a number of other members of the Rat Pack would not only not stay there, they wouldn't perform there, either! The pressure applied by him and his fellow Rat Packers was instrumental in causing Las Vegas to become one of the first cities to fully desegregate.
- In 1951, actress Grace Kelly took a bold stand against a racist incident involving Black American expatriate singer/dancer Josephine Baker, when Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club in New York refused Baker as a customer. Kelly, who was dining at the club when this happened, was so disgusted that she rushed over to Baker (whom she had never met), took her by the arm, and stormed out with her entire party, vowing never to return (and she never did). They later became close friends after that night. Later when Baker was near bankruptcy Kelly (who by that time had become The Princess of Monaco) and her husband Rainier III of Monaco offered her financial assistance.
- There is an article about a young girl named Winter Slade, who wanted to donate money to help out an animal called the Pine Marten for her 7th birthday. Unfortunately, when she told her friends about this, the parents go out and say "Oh, isn't that such a stupid idea, wouldn't you say?" all within earshot of the little girl and her mother. The mother goes into full Mama Bear mode and gives the following retort to the harsh parents, "Well, I guess your child won't be invited to the party then." She then made a Reddit account, with one simple wish: "Make my daughter believe in humanity again." And those people did.
- A woman who was running in the 2012 London Marathon, to raise money for the Samaritans after her brother's suicide, tragically collapsed and died only a mile from the finish line. When the news broke worldwide, the world responded. At the time of writing, £600,000 has been donated and the Samaritans have put it in a special fund in her name, to go specifically to projects her family feel she would have liked.
- Don Ritchie, an ex-salesman and soldier, spent fifty years living next to one of Australia's most notorious suicide spots, The Gap. He and his wife have spent most of that time stopping hundreds of potential suicides from jumping. He passed away in early May 2012.
- After Tara Strong, the voice actress of Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, had to cancel a Con appearance, one mother posted on the con's Facebook page how sad her autistic son was going to be to miss meeting "Twilight". Tara contacted her, got her phone number and CALLED to speak to the boy personally.
Tara: (in Twilight’s voice) I love you, Dragon.
Dragon: (stunned, muttering) …love you, too, Twilight.
- Fernando's, a restaurant in Pittsburgh with a long history of treating furries at Anthrocon well was experiencing serious financial trouble. The organisers of Anthrocon and, indeed, the fandom in general decided that they couldn't bear the thought of an Anthrocon without Fernando's. Fernando himself said he required about $4,000 to stay in business. The fandom raised over $21,000 in donations, and Uncle Kage himself presented it to Fernando at an event held at the restaurant in April 2012.
- A 13-year-old girl began a petition to Seventeen Magazine to stop digitally retouching their models. In response, Seventeen Magazine pledged not to use retouching to alter models' face or body shapes, to portray a diverse range of models, and to post candid behind-the-scenes pictures of their photo shoots on their Tumblr.
- Ron Perlman puts on the Hellboy makeup to grant a sick kid's wish.
- For the record, it takes four hours to apply the Hellboy makeup and prosthetics. Totally worth it.
- Paradox Bookstore, located in West Virginia, had this◊ sign posted by their door.
- After the tragic shooting at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, Christian Bale paid the town a surprise visit, leaving flowers at a memorial for the deceased and visiting injured victims at the hospital. The best part? He went there representing himself, not the movie studio.
- In 2008 Southport, Merseyside, England, a young person sits talking to a homeless woman, who did not fit the Crazy Homeless Person stereotype; she was 46 and he was 22 (at the time). He wasn't a social worker, though; just a guy getting some food and drink. As for the woman... well, she is still seen around Southport, not that we know her name.
- The same individual did this very same thing back in 2005, with people in a park by a local museum here. Not for financial reward, or for publicity, but to make friends with other social outcasts (we don't have Word of God, but it was believed he was different in some way (but how isn't known), for want of a better euphemism). How does this troper know? He was there at the time.
- Again, as of December 2012, he was doing it yet again, but only for a few minutes... and not for publicity. He doesn't work with the homeless either, but he does take the time to say hello, since homeless people can be lonely.
- Astonishingly, this individual has no social media profiles and is a semi-regular contributor on radio stations in the UK, as far as we know. But little else is actually known of him, other than he's nearly 30 and somewhat a bit like a certain character in The Big Bang Theory (in terms of geekiness, anyhow).
- This news story: a girl born with a brain disorder was being bullied at school. Her mother contacted a family friend who was a student at the same school, hoping he would be able to tell her what was going on and who was involved. The family friend? The starting quarterback on the football team. When he realized the extent of what was going on, he and the rest of the football team sat with the girl at lunch, walked her to class, and spent time with her after school.
- Zablon Simintov. The last Jew in Afghanistan, he refuses to leave because, well, its his home. He regularly receives care packages of kosher food for holidays from total strangers living in New York, and Jews from other countries visit to celebrate the High Holidays with him. He actually receives enough donations from Jewish organizations abroad and Muslims at home to live on even when the government confiscated his store.
- A homeless man now has a pair of warm shoes thanks to a kindly officer in New York City.
- An unknown man was spotted this Christmas Eve handing out iPads to the sick children of St John's Ward, in England. Within five minutes of arriving, he left. No-one knew who he was or his name. Merry Christmas, kids.
- In 2012, a man had planned to open his restaurant to feed the homeless on Christmas day. He died in August without being able to, so his 10 year old daughter stepped in to take care of it.
- Much like the Up example above, recently, a 41-year-old man and Trekkie dying of cancer expressed regret to friends about not being able to see Star Trek Into Darkness, as he only had two months to live. They posted on Reddit about it, and soon a small viral campaign on the site was started, asking Bad Robot to help. a few days later, Bad Robot put together a rough cut of the still unfinished film, and screened it for the man. As with Pixar, Bad Robot has said not a word about this — the only message came through the man's family to reassure the Redditors who campaigned for it that he was able to see the film.
- On Face Book, there is a humor page called "Awesome Shit My Drill Sergeant Said". Normally it's just crude military humor, but one day, this update went up:
'TROOP IN TROUBLE
. We just received a request for help from a troop that turned to us in desperation because it is the middle of the night and no one in the chain of command is picking up the phone and he sincerely believes his battle [buddy] is planning to take his own life tonight
- The update was shared across Facebook, with military personnel and veterans working together to figure out where the distressed troop lived, contact the authorities, and after several hours managed to track him down to where he was locked in an apartment drinking alone. Finally, another update went out on the Facebook page:
- A rather surprising and especially touching example, courtesy of the Not Always Right people: Who knew that when a gay man ran into his boss at a restaurant while said gay man was out with his boyfriend, that it would end this poignantly?
- At the close of the American Civil War, Badass Bookworm turned Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was chosen to accept the Confederate surrender. In a move that proved unpopular with many in the north, he ordered his men to salute the Confederate soldiers. General Gordon, who gave the surrender, later described Chamberlain as "one of the knightliest soldiers of the Federal Army." Although he is best remembered (and received a Medal of Honor) for his actions at Gettysburg, this troper believes it was this moment of graceful forgiveness - at a time when many in the north were intent on punishing the south - that cemented Chamberlain's status in history as a certifiable hero.
- A seven-year-old autistic girl and her family go to a restaurant to eat. The girl's cheeseburger is cut in half before being served to her; she, in turn, ignores it because the burger is "broken" and she doesn't want it as a result. The staff and management give her another one, whole and on the house.
- Heath Ledger died during the filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, with little in the way of savings for his newborn daughter. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law filmed his remaining scenes, and donated their salary to Ledger's daughter. They'd never so much as met Ledger.
- 15th of March in Hungary is a national holiday. In 2013 it was a Friday, so people were going home en-masse on the 14th for a 3-day weekend. Then a snowstorm hit. Thousands of people were stuck on highways for almost a whole day thanks to the incompetence of the disaster response officials. The civilians, however, helped by giving food, drinks, medicine and shelter to the people stuck in their cars. The people's response on Facebook was 10 times faster than the disaster response center's. Also, the Austrians have sent their snow plows to help the Hungarian people stuck on the highways. 15th of March is the anniversary of a Hungarian revolution against the Austrians.
- Two words: Suspended Coffee.
- After the Boston Marathon bombings struck, the Internet sprung into action, seeking to help the people in need in any way. This page lists off many of them. Some of them include:
- After an explosion at a fertilizer plant devestated the small town of West, Texasnote , the Czech Republic elected to send $200,000 in aid money to help pay for the rebuilding of the town, many of whose population are descendants of Czech settlers.
- When Reddit restores a WWII vet's Navy photo.
- During the Civil War, 257 captured Union soldiers had been buried in a mass grave in Charleston, South Carolina. After the war ended, their bodies were dug up and given proper funerals... by 10,000 black men, women, and children who wanted to show their gratitude to these soldiers who had fought for their freedom. So began the first Memorial Day-like ceremony in American history.
- This video of a reality show examining how people in public will react to kids harassing a planted actress depicting a girl with a stutter. It's heartwarming enough to see a young woman defending the stuttering stranger to the point that she's in tears. Then you find out that the actress actually has a stutter. Crowning moment of Heartwarming indeed.
- The mother of a two year old being treated for cancer jokingly put up tape on her hospital window saying "Please Send Pizza". The Internet took it seriously.
- Russian dashboard cams capture lots of horrific crashes, which are readily devoured by audiences on YouTube. But every now and then, they capture the best of humanity.
- Bernard Lee, the actor who played M in early James Bond films, lost his wife Gladys in a house fire in 1972 and soon lost most of his money in a mugging. By friends' accounts, he became suicidally depressed and took to drinking. By chance, he met Richard Burton in a pub shortly thereafter. After hearing of his troubles, Burton wrote Lee a check for $6,000 on the spot. Lee snapped out of his depression, cleared his debts, remarried and continued working up till his death in 1981.
- Education is very important, but for some people it is a luxury not affordable because of poverty. That's why people who help finance others' tuition despite their own condition have my deepest thanks, without strings attached. I present to you the story of trishaw peddler Mr. Bai Fang Li, who helped 300 poor students complete their education.
- The story of Prajak Arunthong, showing why it sometimes pays to have an open hand.
- The internet reuniting a lost teddy bear with the young girl that owns it. The sweetness of the picture at the end is just palpable.
- At the age of 20, Jonny Benjamin was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Distressed to the extreme, he came to Waterloo Bridge in London on 14 January 2008 with the intention of jumping off and taking his life. He was stopped by a complete stranger who talked him out of doing it. On the sixth anniversary of his suicide attempt, he launched an appeal to find the man who saved his life. The campaign went viral and two weeks later, he succeeded.
- When police officer Vicki Thomas caught impoverished single mother Jessica Robles shoplifting groceries, she bought $100 worth of groceries for her family.
- The series of tweets from @Gorgxous_ , a child from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane in the South China Eea like "Daddy. It's almost 24 hours. When will you be back home? I'll be waiting, all of us are. Goodnight, daddy. :')"
- An old lady in Comox, British Columbia has been waving at local high school students who pass her house on the way to and from Highland Secondary School since 2007. On Valentines Day 2014, Highland invited her to an assembly to thank her. The entire student body stood and clapped when she entered the gym.
- YouTube the phrase “Restore Faith in Humanity”. Some examples:
- People rewarding someone who stopped a school shooter
- On May 31, 2014, a man deliberately crashed his truck into a car that was rampaging through a park to save the people there. In return, his community pitched in to repair the truck as thanks for his heroism.