TORONTO – A high school senior takes his great-grandmother to prom because she’s never been—a simple gesture that warmed the hearts of thousands on social media. In Alberta, strangers open their doors and wallets to the family of three triplets battling a rare eye cancer.
We take a look back at some of the most heartwarming and feel-good news stories of 2014.
Alberta triplets battling eye cancer receive support from strangers
The family of three triplet boys battling a rare eye cancer in Alberta received an outpouring of support and thousands of dollars in donations from strangers.
The Low family said they were seeking temporary affordable housing while their children received treatment in Toronto and were overwhelmed with the offers from strangers who said the family could stay in their home while the boys—Thomas, Mason and Luke— received treatment.
“So many kind offers, donations, and heartfelt emails have poured in. Thank you,” read the post. “We didn’t realize how quickly this story would spread, and how generous people would be. We’ve learned to never underestimate the good people in this world!”
According to the family’s blog, the boys are “recovering nicely” as the three celebrated their first birthday on Dec. 5.
Canada’s cross-country ski coach rushes to help Russia’s Anton Gafarov after fall
Back in February, in true Olympic spirit, Canada’s head cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth rushed to help a Russian skier after the athlete crashed in the semi-final of the men’s freestyle sprint and broke one of his skis.
Cross-country skier Anton Gafarov tumbled on the course for the third time as he was heading down the hill toward the finish line. With a new ski in hand, Wadsworth rushed toward the struggling athlete and fixed the new ski to Gafarov’s ski boot.
The crowd burst into cheers as Gafarov finished in a distant last place.
High school senior takes great-grandmother to prom
An Ohio high school student may have won the hearts of some of his fellow classmates after he took his great-grandmother to his prom.
Delores Dennison, 89, said she never went to prom because times were tough and her family did not have a lot of money.
Dennison said she received a phone call from her 19-year-old great-grandson Austin, who said he had a very important question.
“He said, ‘Grandma, I want you to go to the prom with me,’” said Dennison in an interview with the Times Bulletin. “I had a bad heart attack and stroke. ‘I’m not that good on my feet,’ I told him.”
Good Samaritan’s note goes viral
Thanks to the kind deed of a stranger, a drained car battery turned out to be the highlight of a University of Alberta student’s day.
Law student Derek Murray accidentally left his car headlights on all day last month. When he returned to his parked car to find the battery drained, he found a note on his windshield.
“I noticed you left your lights on,” the note said. “The battery will probably not have enough charge to start your vehicle. I left a blue extension cord on the fence and … a battery charger beside the fence in the cardboard box. If you know how to hook it up, use it to start your car.”
Social media and quick-thinking teens save Quebec baby
In May, a 21-year-old woman dressed in a nurse’s uniform allegedly took a newborn from her hospital room. Authorities issued an Amber alert shortly after the infant was taken. The family turned to social media, pleading to their friends and family on Facebook to help them find their missing daughter.
Thanks to the quick thinking and the power of social media, the baby was found safe within hours.
Hidden cash phenomenon
An online craze earlier this year had people running around cities across North America searching for hidden cash.
The hidden cash trend was started in San Francisco by an anonymous donor who called it a “social experiment for good.” It spread across the U.S. before spawning copycats in the United Kingdom and in Canada, including Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.