Watching the news these days can feel like just receiving wave upon wave of bad news. But every once in a while, they give us a brief reprieve with a nice, cute little human interest story.
But...is it just me, or have these stories more and more often been kind of messed-up??? Like, I'm glad there's good people in the world helping out their fellow citizens, but...why do we live in a world where individual citizens have to step in because the government and healthcare systems have failed them?
If you're wondering what I'm talking about, here are 27 "heartwarming" stories that are honesty just very, very messed up and prove that we need to make some serious systematic changes.
1.Like...it's really sweet of people to donate vacation time to new moms. But why is the company not giving parents adequate maternity leave in the first place?
2.These coworkers were also great, but again, why did this teacher with cancer not get unlimited sick days?
4.This seven-year-old's family wasn't going to be able to afford the $10,000 expense for her first brain surgery (after insurance), so she started selling lemonade to raise money. But, uh...why is our healthcare system so bad that a seven-year-old can't get life-saving medical care?
5.It's very sweet that this five-year-old wanted to pay off the school lunch debt of her classmates. But why are we giving five-year-olds "lunch debts" anyways?? Kids should not be in debt because they can't afford to eat.
6.Similarly, it's cool this high school set up a store for its students to purchase necessities through good deeds — but also, toilet paper is not a luxury that teenagers should have to earn for their families through good deeds?
7.It was really kind of this nurse to watch a sick man's dog until he was better. But why is there no system in place for situations like this?
8.I've got a lotttt of issues with the way workers are currently being treated, but I think they can all be summed up in how this worker getting a "goodie bag" for 27 years of loyal service was supposed to be a good thing.
9.This man's town raised $12,000 to tip this pizza delivery man, which was super nice and generous!! But also...no 89-year-old should have to work.
10.This video about a boy refilling potholes in his community was kind of cute on first glance. But when his efforts were met with...more equipment to keep filling potholes, I had to wonder why this task is falling to a 12-year-old.
12.Principals should NOT have to pick up a second job (when does he sleep???) in order to help out their students — 90 percent of whom are living under the poverty line, and some of who are homeless. We shouldn't even be in a situation where kids* are homeless.
13.I'm not really sure what's sweet or cute about a 90-year-old walking six miles to get a COVID vaccine. Oh, and did I mention it was through a foot of snow that had fallen the night before?