With all the bad news we hear on a daily basis, it can be quite easy to think about giving up on mankind. But, before you do, take a look at these ten stories below. They’re sure to warm your heart and restore your faith in humanity.
10. Students Shave Their Heads to Support Classmate with Cancer
In 2016, 80 students once shaved their heads in support of then-9-year-old Marlee Pack, who was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer that develops from connective tissues in the body. It first started with Marlee’s best friend, Cameron McLaughlin, who decided to shave her entire head in support of her BFF.
Soon, Cameron’s idea caught on and the whole school got involved. In an event called “Be Bold, Be Brave, Go Bald,” 80 students, three female teachers, both male principals and a student’s mom all shaved their heads!
9. A Man Turns an Old Truck into a Mobile Shower for the Homeless
Jake Austin of St. Louis, Missouri, purchased a truck on Craigslist for $5,000 and turned it into a mobile shower for local homeless men and women. Austin set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money to install clean, portable showers inside the truck. Thankfully, he was able to meet his goal. The truck offers showers to about 60 people each night.
“The program isn’t just about getting people clean,” Austin said, according to an article published on UnderstandingCompassion.com. “We’re doing this with the hopes of building relationships with people, connecting them with services, and getting them off the streets.”
And, it’s been working so far. According to the article, Austin said several of the homeless men and women have been connected with transitional living options, while others were able to renew their drivers licenses so they can apply for jobs and benefits.
8. Police Officer Saves Suicidal Woman by Handcuffing Himself to Her
When a suicidal woman made her way onto a billboard on a concrete wall in Beijing, bystanders took notice and quickly called in the police. When the cops arrived on the scene, they tried to talk her down. But, one officer decided that talking wasn’t enough and that the only way to prevent her from jumping was to handcuff himself to her. But, that’s not all. After handcuffing his wrist to her, he threw the key off the ledge. “She knew then that if she died she’d take someone with her and that seemed to bring her back,” one officer said, according to the Daily Mail. Police then used a rope to pull the woman off the billboard and back onto the building.
7. A Man Acts as a Human Chair for an Elderly Woman
When a Florida man named Cesar Larios got trapped in an elevator with an elderly woman, the woman explained to him that she had a hard time standing. So, Larios got down on his hands and knees and acted as a human chair for the woman until help arrived.
Not only that, but the whole thing was caught on camera. “The response to the picture is mind blowing. Thousands of people are sharing it and posting it on social media,” Nick Friedman, co-founder and president of College Hunks moving company, which Larios works for, told HuffPost, according to World Observer Online.
“A lot of people say the younger generation has lost certain values. But one small picture shows that chivalry and hard work are still very much alive in our youth,” he added.
6. Teacher Writes Encouraging Messages on Students’ Desks on Test Day
Evergreen Avenue Elementary School teacher Chandni Langford decided to give her students a bit of encouragement before they took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test by writing words of encouragement on each of their desks.
Here’s some of what she wrote:
Remember, there is no elevator to success. You must take the stairs! You got this!
Love, Your Teachers”
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, but it is going to be worth it! Do your best!
Love, Your Teachers”
I know this is the first time you are taking this test. Use all the tools, and grow your brain!
Love, Your Teachers”
5. Window Washers Dress Up as Superheroes for Young Hospital Patients
The kids at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, got the surprise of a lifetime last July when window washers showed up dressed as Batman, Spider-Man, Flash, and Captain America. Video footage from the event showed the window washers, who are employees of Larry’s Window Services, drawing smiley faces and high-fiving the patients. Needless to say, the kids, who ranged in age from 10 months to nine years old, were all smiles.
The kids here are true superheroes everyday, Amy Varcoe, a spokesperson at the hospital, told CBS News.
4. A Hairdresser Gives Free Cuts to the Homeless
Hairdresser Joshua Coombes made a stop in Times Square last February to give free haircuts to a group of homeless men resting on benches. The London-based stylist travels the world giving haircuts to the poor and needy, relying on sponsors who pay for his travel and participate in projects with them.
Coombes, who normally charges $65 for an in-salon cut, told the New York Post that these free haircuts spread confidence. “It really helps with people’s self-esteem. It helps people think ‘Maybe I can go for that job,’ or ‘Maybe I can go visit my family now.’ Sometimes, they look in the mirror and see someone they haven’t recognized in years.”
“It’s about creating good memories for someone and making them feel uplifted,” he added.
3. Soccer Team Had a Huge Surprise for Team Manager with Down Syndrome
In 2012, Greg Zenas, a high school senior with Down syndrome who spent six years as his school soccer team’s manager, was in for a big surprise when, on senior night, his coach decided to put him in the game. Zenas smiled from ear to ear, suited up, and found his spot on the field.
He played for the first 15 minutes of the game, then came back for the final 13 minutes of the first half. Zenas then came back in with 20 minutes left in the game and exited with two minutes left. He got hugs and a big applause from his teammates as he left the field.
The team won that night, 4-0.
2. Rahm Emanuel Offers a Surprise Job Reference
During his tenure as mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel interrupted a woman on a phone interview to give his personal recommendation.
ABC News’ Dan Lopez tweeted a photo of the mayor and the woman, who happened to be riding the train during the interview, with the following caption:
“Woman was on the phone being interviewed for a job and this guy took her phone to put in a good word.”
We’re not certain if she got the job, but we’re pretty sure it couldn’t hurt to have the mayor vouch for you!
1. Kayaker Saves a Baby Dolphin
Tour guide Naude Dreyer of Pelican Point Kayaking was leading his group along Walvis Bay in Namibia when he spotted a baby dolphin lying on the beach. That’s when Dreyer sprang into action and picked up the dolphin and carried it back to the water. Unfortunately, animals will sometimes beach themselves again after being rescued. That’s why Dreyer said he was going to keep an eye out for the dolphin. “I’ll do a drive past the same area again later just to make sure he hasn’t returned again,” he told Time magazine.