26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year

Sometimes you need a reminder that people can do wonderful things.

1. The parents who made their son’s wheelchair into the best Halloween costume ever

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2. The terminally ill man who loves receiving mail… and got more than he ever expected

Scott Widak has Down syndrome and suffers from liver disease, and he loves receiving mail. His nephew Sean posted his P.O. Box on Reddit and the site’s users responded with hundreds of letters, packages, and gifts.

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3. A kind stranger who stopped a day from being ruined

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4. The doctor who offered free medical care after Hurricane Sandy

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5. And the people that helped out any way that they could

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Hospital employees make a human chain passing containers of fuel up 13 flights of stairs to the backup generator at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

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6. The older couple who saw themselves in two young parents

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7. This Libyan child who doesn’t believe in hate

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8. The parents who tattooed insulin pumps on their bellies so their diabetic son wouldn’t feel “different”

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9. The police officer who bought shoes for a barefoot homeless man

Jennifer Foster was visiting Times Square on Nov. 14 when she snapped the heartwarming moment. Here’s her account of what happened:

“Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching*. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared.”

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10. And the police officers who made blind 13-year-old Gage Hancock-Stevens’ dream of being a cop come true

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They even gave him a cake

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11. The Michigan soccer team who gave their team manager with Down syndrome an opportunity to start

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12. The Texas A&M students that blocked Westboro Baptist Church protesters with a human wall

When students heard that Westboro Baptist Church planned on protesting the funeral of a soldier, they formed a human barricade around the funeral service to block them out.

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13. And this brave kid who stood up against hate

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14. The woman who kept a homeless man dry during a downpour

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15. The Disney security guard who is amazing at his job

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16. The Icelandic heroes who rescued sheep during a major snowstorm

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17. The quick-thinking little girl who saved her mom’s life by slapping her with a piece of pizza

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18. The young girl who loves her dog unconditionally

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19. The famous rugby player who visited his biggest fan in the hospital

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20. The bros who worked together to save a cat

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21. The community that came together to make Caine’s dream a reality

You can watch the full story here.

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22. The football star who gives children in need a shopping spree each year

This is a receipt for $19,000 in toys.

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23. The man who comforts the old dog that saved his life

When John Unger had suicidal thoughts after a breakup, it was his dog Shoep who brought him back from the brink. This photograph shows Unger cradling his friend in lake Superior to soothe the dog’s arthritis.

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24. These candidates for parents of the year

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25. The amazing couple who stuck together through unbelievable odds

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26. And every single time anything like this happened.

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