1Bat Boy Touches Hearts Worldwide: San Francisco, California, USA
Dressed as a mini Caped Crusader, little Miles Scott got to hang out with a full-grown Batman and ride in the Batmobile as San Francisco was turned into Gotham City for the day. A staged crime wave was set up around the city and Miles stepped up as a super hero over and over again. He rescued a kidnapped woman who was tied to cable car tracks, prevented a bank robbery by the Riddler and battled the dastardly character the Penguin.
Miles was then presented with a key to the city by the mayor of San Francisco and was sent video congratulations from President Obama himself. The White House was part of the social media obsession and tweeted encouragement to Miles throughout the day.
Batkid had the whole world wistfully sighing a collective breath that humanity can sometimes exhibit boundless love. (Source | Photo)
2Homeless Man's Good Deed Really Pays Back: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
The ring's owner, Sarah Darling, was so thankful that she announced her gratitude to the world by posting the good deed on social media, where the news took on a life of its own. Over $180,000 worth of donations poured in for Mr. Harris and literally turned his life around. He was able to buy a house, find a job, and reunite with his family, whom he hadn't seen in over 16 years. (Source | Photo)
3Lonely World War ll Veteran Gets the Funeral He Deserved: Lancashire, England
Mr. Percival was rewarded in the afterlife with friendship he had never known while alive. Over 700 people attended his funeral, and flowers and wreaths came from all over the world.
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4Bullied Bus Monitor Grandma Can Now Retire: New York, USA
Klein's harassment video inspired a kind hearted stranger to set up an Indiegogo donation site with the goal of raising $5,000 and treating the stressed out woman to "a vacation of a lifetime." A month later the staggering amount of publicity created by the sharing of the story on Facebook tugged at so many heartstrings that more than 32,000 well-wishers donated over $700,000 to the fund.
The elderly woman accepted the money and immediately donated $100,000 of it to establish an Anti-Bullying Foundation set up in her name. The remaining donations allowed Klein to retire from the very job that harassed her.
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5Waitress Rewarded After Picking Up the Lunch Check for Dining Soldiers: New Hampshire, USA
Little did she know that the story would go wild on social media and lead to her having a guest appearance on the hit talk show Ellen. Struggling single mom Hoidal's small good deed garnered its own amazing payback when Ellen gave her a check for $10,000, a 50-inch TV, and a brand new car. (Source | Photo)
6Policeman Becomes a Hero After Giving His Boots to a Homeless Man: New York City, USA
The photograph was immediately viewed over 1.6 million times, received over 400,000 "likes," and was shared over 133,000 times. DePrimo was ceremoniously honored by the NYPD and given a pair of cufflinks. (Source | Photo)
7Friendly Pen Pals Fill a Dying Man's Mailbox: Illinois, USA
In his final months on earth, Widak received hundreds of pieces of mail from all over the world, including artwork, music, dvds and personal mementos. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)
8Ice Cream Store Manager Protects a Blind Person from a Thief: Minnesota, USA
Although this was a small gesture of kindness it exploded on the internet, turning Prusak into a minor hero. Prusak has been given better-paying job offers, donations to his "college fund," and appearances on both TV and radio shows. (Source | Photo)
Guest post by Nikki Kreuzer