After the Boston Marathon bombings rocked the city yesterday, many residents — and even outsiders — came together as a community to show their support. The Red Cross, for instance, offered a way to connect with loved ones, museums opened up their doors for free, and individuals promised places to sleep for stranded runners. Many people took to Twitter to spread the word about the kindness — ahead, see the tweets that reflect their generous human spirit.
These days, a really good deed rarely goes unnoticed. That's because kind acts or charitable campaigns can easily make the rounds on the Internet and reach thousands of people in just a few hours. Here, we've rounded up some of the most high-profile good deeds that we won't be forgetting anytime soon.
- The mail opener: For one terminally ill man named Scott, opening mail is one of life's simple and best pleasures. So his nephew decided to post on Reddit and asked users to make Scott's day. Soon hundreds of letters poured in from around the world, including Japan, Australia, and Mexico.
- The giving cop: Talk about an officer serving the community. On a cold night near Times Square, an officer saw an older man sitting on the street barefoot. He left for a short time and came back with a new pair of boots that he helped the man put on. Someone caught it on camera and just like that, the snap spread around the country.
- The missing engagement ring: In the latest good deed gone viral, a woman named Sarah accidentally dropped her engagement ring in a homeless man's donation cup. She thought she might never see it again, but the man, Bill Ray Harris, kept it safe until she returned looking for it two days later. To show their appreciation, Sarah and her husband set up an online fund-raiser to pay him back. To this day, they've collected more than $175,000 in donations.
To honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that rocked the country last week, a movement calling for kindness has taken hold. It began with a tweet by TV host Ann Curry encouraging people to do 26 acts of kindness. It has since taken off, and people have displayed an outpouring of nice acts — sending coffee to the town and helping others in any way they can in their own neighborhoods — and folks have documented it using the hashtag #26acts on Twitter. It's been an inspiration for us, and we hope it will be for you, too. Check out these heartwarming tweets and let us know what you plan to do.