21 Stories That Will Restore Your Faith In The Internet

Often the internet seems like a mean place, but just like in real life, good will always prevail. posted on

1. Lentil was born with a severe cleft palate and his rescuer had to feed him from a tube. But once he was old enough, his Facebook fans donated the money to pay for him to get surgery that allows him to eat on his own.

Now Lentil wants to be an ambassador for other special needs animals.

2. Kim Ho lost her phone and some skater kids found it. This is what they uploaded to her Instagram account.

She called the number and they immediately answered and told her to come pick up her phone at the park.

3. The campaign to give a 5-year-old superhero his own day in San Francisco’s Gotham City.

Leading to thousands of Gotham’s citizens turning out to cheer him on.

4. Patch took a train to Dublin, but the Irish Rail Twitter profile helped him reunite with his mom.

She saw the picture on Twitter within the hour, thanks to hundreds of retweets.

5. When a young Redditor asked the community to send his terminally ill uncle Scott some mail to keep him occupied in his last days.

And send mail they did…

He received over 1,000 letters and gifts.

And he loved looking at and reading every single piece of mail.

6. Saroo Brierley was separated from his family when he was 5 years old. How he found his family, 25 years later, is completely remarkable…

This ad for Google is a true story.

7. A grandfather returned to Fenway Park after more than 50 years since attending Red Sox games as a young man.

Allan Munroe, an 87-year-old Red Sox diehard, had endured his wife’s passing a few months before. Watching the Red Sox was his escape in her final months, and his family wanted to send him to Fenway to see the brick they’d bought to commemorate the marriage. The family raised money for the trip on GoFundMe, but once the campaign went viral, there was even more. Red Sox owner John Henry gave up some of his own personal seats, and Allan even got to go onto the field, yelling, “Play ball!” to the crowd. Read more on Mashable.

8. Lora Bauer Morris used Facebook to find her husband Mike’s long-lost daughter, Michelle. They reunited after 45 years apart.

Mike was 70 years old and has the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. His wife was able to track down Michelle on Facebook and they flew to Paris to meet her a few weeks later. He also met his three granddaughters, and the family is still close. One of Michelle’s daughters made this video of their time together:

9. Matny met the woman he would marry and start a family with after she tracked him down on Facebook and sent him a friend request.

 

He writes: “Life is just better with Monique. She’s beautiful, has a great sense of humor, but I think what makes our relationship special is that she’s more than a lover to me. She’s my best friend.”

10. Popular street photographer Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York) posted this photo…

The photo was posted along with a caption explaining that Duane (pictured) and his wife had adopted a little girl from Ethiopia. They had wanted an infant, but one night while talking with his wife he saw a picture in a brochure of a 7-year-old girl who had been blinded in one eye. “That’s our daughter,” Duane said. Chaltu, their daughter, is 10 now, and she plays soccer, gymnastics, and basketball. When Brandon asked him if he could share the story on Humans of New York, Duane had a request. “Would there be any possibility that you could help us raise the adoption fees to get her a brother? We’ve already found him, but aren’t financially ready yet.”

The result was over $83,000 raised, which more than covers their new son’s adoption fees, leaving Chaltu and her brother thousands to put toward their education.

11. When Caine was 9 years old, he built his own arcade, but he never had any customers. Facebook helped him have the best day of his life.

Video available at: http://vimeo.com/40000072.

12. Terrell Jermaine Starr met his father for the first time through a Facebook search. He was 30 years old.

And soon after connecting with his dad, Terrell moved to Brooklyn and in with his father Chris, who welcomed him into his home. Chris didn’t know he had a son before Terrell contacted him.

13. Two girls needed a best friend but lived thousands of miles apart:

This ad for Skype is a true story.

15. Since she became an internet sensation, Lil Bub and her dude Mike Bridavsky have raised over $60,000 for animal rescue and brought attention to the stories of countless cats in need.

Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

Mike donates a portion of the proceeds of everything Bub does to charity organizations.

16. The song Ze Frank made for a woman who asked for a song “for when you’re overwhelmed.”

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Ze asked her to describe how she felt when she’s overwhelmed, and what kinds of thoughts run through her mind. Ze wrote a chorus and reached out to some of his community for recordings of them singing the song. He mixed the individual voices together to make the final song.

Here’s a sample of just one of the 30+ voices that make up the chorus:

17. Raymond and Thomas Highers are free men after 25 years in prison for murder. A Facebook post by a former neighbor led to new evidence in the case, which then led to a judge overturning their previous convictions.

AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Andre J. Jackson)

18. A blogger friend of homeless veteran Rusty Reed posted a call to arms on her blog when his beloved dog Timber went missing. Within 24 hours, a reader had found a dog matching Timber’s description online, and the two best friends were soon reunited.

19. Veteran Harold Percival died with no living family to attend his funeral. His obituary went viral on Twitter, and hundreds of people — service men and women, civilians, and children — attended his funeral.

 

20. The Vine project asking the question, “What’s the most important message you would like to share with the world right now?”

21. A 4Chan user spotted this flyer for the 90th birthday of one William Lashua and posted it on the site.

A call to send Lashua well wishes through the mail went viral, hitting BuzzFeed, Gawker, and Reddit.

He had a good birthday.

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