The sporadic weather these past few weeks has been devastating to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Following Hurricane Harvey which “parked” in Houston, Texas, and dumped over 50 inches of rain, a Category 5 hurricane named Irma plowed through the Caribbean, devastated Cuba and inflicted damage on Florida.
Around the same time, Mexico experienced one of its worst earthquakes in years. And in Southeast Asia, thousands continue to suffer from torrential monsoon rains. Nearly everywhere, it seems — from the fires raging in California to the ongoing blazes in the Mediterranean, devastation is occurring. Before you allow these recent events to get you down, however, scroll through the following images, videos, and social media posts which were compiled by BuzzFeed.
Each showcases humanity at its best, being charitable and compassionate at a time when it matters most. Perhaps after scrolling through the list, your faith in mankind’s ability to “do good” will be restored.
1) A team of people rescued a stranded dolphin on the shore Islandco island.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 11, 2017
2) Officer Kenneth Somma was captured on film holding his K-9 partner’s paw. The image was taken after the duo finished their shift during Irma, reports the Miami herald.
— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 10, 2017
3) A kind deputy helped calm a woman’s nerves in a shelter by dancing with her.
At one of the shelters we had Deputy Froelich who noticed a very nice lady who needed a bit of comfort during the storm. She looked worried about the storm and kind of sad so he asked her what would cheer her up and she said a dance. So in a very off key voice, he sang and danced with her for a quick bit. Thank you Deputy Froelich for helping calm her nerves down in a time of need and comfort! This is definitely a dance she won't forget! #commUNITYstrong #love #comfort
Posted by Osceola County Sheriff's Office on Monday, September 11, 2017
“At one of the shelters we had Deputy Froelich, who noticed a very nice lady who needed a bit of comfort during the storm,” the Osceola County Sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook. “She looked worried about the storm and kind of sad so he asked her what would cheer her up and she said a dance. So in a very off-key voice, he sang and danced with her for a quick bit.”
4) A man named Ramon Santiago gave his generator to Pam Brekke, who was tearful and worried about the storm.
5) This mom made an “oasis” for the family dog because he was stranded indoors.
My mom made a lil corner for my dog since he won't be able to go outside during the hurricane pic.twitter.com/TRrEzXwcSR
— Vic (@victoria_dreis) September 9, 2017
update: buddy and phoebe seem to like it pic.twitter.com/ZapCyYZQ4F
— Vic (@victoria_dreis) September 11, 2017
6) Employees at Florida’s Museum of Natural History gently captured butterflies so they wouldn’t be affected when Hurricane Irma hit.
7) Deputies helped rescue two manatees who were stranded in Sarasota Bay after Hurricane Irma sucked most of the area’s water away.
Great job today by Deputies Mizner and Hart as they helped rescue two Manatees that were stranded in receding water. pic.twitter.com/DwPfTSVGHz
— Manatee Sheriff (@ManateeSheriff) September 10, 2017
8) Kristen Bell became a hero after she “literally saved” Frozen co-star Josh Gad’s family.
So @kristenanniebell literally saved my parents and my entire family tonight from #hurricaneirma . When they were stranded in Florida, she got them a hotel room at her hotel in Orlando and saved them, my brothers, my sister-in-law and niece and nephew. They don't make them like this girl. Thank you Kristin. You are truly an angel sent from above. And thank you @ewablueeyes for bother her when I asked you not to!!!!
9) Two sisters, who are refugees from Syria, cooked for displaced evacuees at a shelter in Alpharetta, Georgia.
These refugees know what it's like to lose everything. So they made delicious meals for Irma evacuees in Georgia. https://t.co/7ROyn5xB7R
— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) September 12, 2017
Abeer and Nora al-Sheikh Bakri are originally from Douma, Syria. They fled the civil war in 2012 and are now settled in Georgia. HuffPost reports that the sisters claim they heard about the evacuations and knew “the feeling of leaving everything behind.” So naturally, they helped out.
10) Fox Business correspondent Jeff Flock surprised his mom in Englewood in a touching segment.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) September 12, 2017
11) A mother in Owensville, Missouri, donated more than 1,000 ounces of excess breast milk she had to infants in need.
— ABC News (@ABC) September 12, 2017
Because of her son’s unique medical condition, Danielle Palmer had an excess of breast milk she was keeping in the freezer.
“The need arose for moms and babies affected by Hurricane Harvey who’ve lost their frozen milk stored in deep freezers,” she told ABC News.
So, she shipped the supply to babies in need.
12) Tim Tebow visited a special needs shelter and spent extra time with a WWII veteran.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 11, 2017
13) A woman named Kim LaFauci braved Irma’s winds to rescue a baby peacock from the storm.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) September 12, 2017
14) Dr. Jeremy Nix volunteered to check up on the health of animal evacuees during Hurricane Irma.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 10, 2017
15) A couple with the Air National Guard skipped their planned nuptials and were married during their rescue efforts in Florida. “Service before self,” the groom told Fox News.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 12, 2017
16) Catholic Sister Margaret Ann wasn’t shy with a chainsaw and used it to clear debris blocking a road.
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 12, 2017
“The road was blocked and we couldn’t get through. I saw someone spinning in the mud and almost hit a wall,” the nun told CNN. “We teach our students do what you can to help, and this was an opportunity where I could do something to help.”