12 Wonderful Things That Happened In 2016

These great acts of kindness give us faith in humanity

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s a good time to take a look back and see some of the great things that people have done over the past 12 months. These stories will definitely make you proud to be part of the human race.


Manny Pacquiao helped build a thousand new homes for people living on the streets.

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Manny Pacquiao may be a world champion boxer, but that hasn’t made him forget his upbringing as a boy from a poor family in the Philippines. Manny currently works as a senator in his homeland, and recently organized a project to build 1,000 new homes to help his country deal with the homelessness crisis.

A Syrian animal-lover decided to stay in Aleppo to help abandoned cats.

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Alaa Jaleel is a modern-day hero. When the city of Aleppo was being attacked and evacuated all around him, Jaleel decided to stick around. Why? To look after the city’s abandoned cats. It’s rare to see such incredible dedication to animals and Jaleel definitely deserves a lot of respect for the work he’s doing.

A teacher made a ‘Gentleman’s Club’ for kids living with single parents.


Raymond Nelson decided to create his own ‘Gentleman’s Club’ in order to teach young boys how to look and act like real gentlemen. At the club, the kids are taught how to tie oa tie or how to talk to their elders. Nelson even bought them all suits and ties.

This woman saved a 2-year-old boy who had been abandoned by his family.

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It was almost a year ago that Anja Ringgren Loven found this little boy. He was naked and malnourised, living on the streets of Nigeria. Anja later found out that the boy’s family had abandoned him as they worried he was a witch. Anja named him Hope and took him to an orphanage that she founded with her husband, David. After sharing Hope’s story online, Anya received over a million dollars in donations, and now hopes to open another orphanage, as well as a children’s hospital. As for Hope, he’s doing great.

An athlete gave up on her shot at a medal to help someone who had fallen down.

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During this year’s Olympics, Nikki Hamblin ran into Abbey D’Agostino, sending the latter tumbling to the ground. Instead of carrying on to try and win the race, Nikki stopped and helped Abbey up. The two runners were given a special medal for showing such fair play.

Nobody came to this girl’s birthday party. So thousands of strangers sent her letters and gifts.

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Hallee Sorenson recently celebrated her 18th birthday. She invited a bunch of friends along, but nobody came to the autistic girl’s party. Her cousin shared the story on Facebook, where it went viral. Soon enough, thousands of letter and gifts arrived for Hallee from all over the world.

A student was in an accident and missed graduation, so his classmates recreated the whole ceremony.

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Scott Dunn was in a traffic collision and was unable to attend high school graduation. He was really upset at having missed such an important event, so his classmates decided to go back and do the whole ceremony a second time, just for Scott.

A homeless man was given a job and a home as a reward for being honest.

This 44-year-old Thai man was living on the streets when he found a fancy wallet filled with cash and credit cards. It would have been easy for the man to take the money and buy himself some food, but instead he decided to hand it in to the local police station. The owner of the wallet was shocked by this honesty and offered the homeless man a job and an apartment. This just shows that honesty is always the best policy!

A kind fisherman saved a moose that had fallen through the ice.

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Ivan Drachev was heading home after a day of fishing, when he spotted a moose flailing about in the water. The moose had fallen through the ice and was surely going to die without help. Drachev drove over and lassoed the animal out of its sticky situation.

The community got together to repair this elderly person’s house.

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Anne Glancey, a retired schoolteacher, was going to be fined a whopping $3,000 per day due to the state of her house. Sadly, she was too old and poor to make the necessary repairs. So the community decided to get together and help out. A whole bunch of neighbors came around and spent their summer giving Anne’s home a new lease of life.

Canadian airlines made an exception to allow these animals on their flights.

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A wildfire forced many residents in Fort McMurray to evacuate their homes. Many of them rushed to the nearby airport in order to escape. The airline usually doesn’t let people take animals on-board without proper documentation and cages, but in this case, it decided to make an exception. Everyone got to keep their pets!

This woman adopted a dog that had been waiting 6 months for her to return.

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This German flight attendant named Olivia spent a lot of time flying back and forth to Buenos Aires. There, she stayed at a certain hotel and spotted a dog sitting outside the door. She petted the animal and gave him some food. She even named him Rubio. Each time she went back, Olivia would see Rubio and spend as much time with him as she could. She even tried to find him a new home in Argentina, but he ran away and returned to the hotel to wait for her. Six months later, Olivia decided to bring Rubio back home to Germany with her.