Holy moly, I swear my eyes are watering because of allergies. In the Winter. Yeah, allergies.
Be prepared for the most amazingly sweet story you’ll hear today, because a fifth grade football team that calls themselves a “band of brothers” is here to warm your cold, cold heart.
Their waterboy, Danny Keefe, is a six-year-old in kindergarten at Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater, Massachussetts. From a brain hemorrhage that happened at birth, Danny has a speech impediment and is disabled. That doesn’t stop him from supporting his friends on the football field or from being friendly to everyone around him. It also doesn’t stop him from dressing up as one dapper badass, including a suit jacket, a tie, and a fedora (we’re gonna give Danny a pass on this one, because kids wearing fedoras are super cute).
The football coach is the one who started the whole “band of brothers” motto and reminds the kids everyday that Danny is one of them and should be treated as an equal. So when his teammates found out that some kids in Danny’s class were bullying him because of his disability, they decided to do something about it. And as a first grader, if a fifth grader is telling you something is cool, you’re gonna listen.
The quarterback of the team, Tommy Cooney, decided to have “Danny Appreciation Day” where they’d all come to school dressed up in suits and ties, classic Danny wear, to show their solidarity.
Faith in humanity? Restored.
You guys have probably had a tear-free weekend, so I just wanted to be the one to ruin that for you by showing you this inspiring video from prank group Whatever about how they helped send a homeless man from the Czech Republic back home.
When Jaroslav first came to the US, he had hoped to find work and a better life. Unfortunately, during his time here, he didn’t find work and ended up being robbed of all his belongings and money. Whatever had originally started out the day giving away clothes to the homeless with donations from their friends at Thread Society, but that all changed as soon as they heard Jaroslav’s story and how his only goal now was to go home and see his son again.
With much planning, they were able to get him some clothes, a hotel room, food, and a last minute plane ticket back to the Czech Republic. Hopefully, there will be a follow-up video soon.
And the good will videos continue and I am happy as a clam about them.
via whatever / thanks sara!
It’s my favorite time of year again! The time when people start making philanthropic gestures and I get to once again believe in the humanity of the world.
The YouTube pranks showing this goodwill are some of my favorites, not because I know that I’m gonna make you cry while you’re at work (that brings me a small amount of evil joy), but also because it starts the conversation about whether these videos are more beneficial or detrimental to society.
Andrew Hales of LAHWF teamed up with GungHo (yep, the same people who backed the Homeless Family Makeover) and went out to grocery stores where he paid for random people’s groceries.
Regardless of how you feel about these pranks, the bottom line remains that at least a few people out there are getting a little bit of help that they need. It probably came for them at the perfect time of year, when a lot of families have to make the choice between buying food and buying presents for their kids and loved ones. And maybe, hopefully, it’ll encourage everyone to go out and make a donation, volunteer at a shelter, or just do one simple act of kindness everyday.
Yep, just making you cry in public. No big deal over here.
If you just didn’t get enough of the story of Batkid Miles Scott, then this trailer should tug at your heartstrings just a little bit more. Even though most of it is just aerial shots of San Francisco, there’s a few adorable little bits in there that show just how much effort the city of San Francisco put in to make this kid’s dream come true.
I find that the older I get, the more jaded everyone else around me gets when it comes to the holidays. So I’m saying pish posh to the naysayers and getting teary-eyed at this new commercial for UK department store John Lewis.
A bear experiencing Christmas for the first time with his rabbit buddy? Ugh.
Alright, you guys. Get ready to get a little misty-eyed here because Give Back Films returns with another “prank” to help the homeless. I don’t really know what to call these videos since they’re not pranks. All I know is that I wish there were a million more of them.
After meeting Don, Reggie, and their daughter Heavenly, a homeless family that lives in a shelter in Utah, the boys picked them up and took them to get their hair done, get some new clothes that were job interview appropriate, had someone coach them in an interview, took them to a job interview, and then set them up in a hotel room for two weeks with food and some Christmas presents.
I’m just so happy that there are people in the world who use their influence to do good things like this.
A new ad for Google in India shows a man who is reunited with his childhood friend after being separated into India and Pakistan after the dissolution of the British Raj in 1947.
Grab your tissues because you’re going to need it. A fun sequel to this would be if the granddaughter and grandson ended up getting married and they used Google to plan the wedding. Just saying.