Sometimes it’s just enough to smile in an year of so much news and tragedy. These are the best heartwarming stories of 2022.
A Ring camera caught an elderly man struggling to make a DoorDash delivery in January. Annabelle Stephens shared the video on social media and received a flood of comments. Annabelle also gave him $30 on a $21 purchase, but that was just the beginning.
“So that’s kind of why I started to go fund me also just because I wanted I want to help him. It started out very very slow. But then once the word got out, it just like skyrocketed,”She spoke to Inside Edition.
Her donation to Kerry Judd, aged 71, was over $74,000.
A teddy bear brought joy to a teenage girl in February. Taylor McCormack’s sister Maddie gave her a stuffed bear that contained a voice recording of her best friend Rodney, who died in 2020. Maddie used video of Rodney’s voice to create the personal present. Taylor was reassured that Rodney was always with Taylor.
Sarah Kleinhans, her half-sister and birth mother, got ready to meet in May. The reunion was more than 50 years in the planning. Sarah was anxious about it. Sarah was one when she and her halfbrother were adopted from Korea by a New Hampshire couple. All they had was a locket with both their mom’s picture and their baby pictures inside. Sarah told KCBS’ Jasmine Viel she’d hoped to connect for 53 years.
“Every year on my birthday. I think of you like I every single year and I look out and I go, Are you alive? Are you wondering? Are you thinking about me?”She said.
Sarah’s half sister Linda, who had been searching for Sarah for 15 years, finally found her on 23andMe. Then, she used Facebook to connect. Sarah presented her mother the locket that she had kept for all these years after they met. Sarah, a single mom said that she understood the reasons her mom did what they did. After the reunion, the families worked together to create new memories.
October saw a photo of a coal miner covered in coal dust and taking his son to his first University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball games. It went viral. The Wildcats’ coach was so moved by the photo, he uploaded it online.
“That is pure love,”One social media comment stated. “And this guy is what a real hero looks like.”
Rosie, an intelligent dog from the United Kingdom, was rescued by police in November. After being scared of an exploding fireworks, Rosie, a border collie, got lost. Rosie calmly entered the station’s automatic doors and waited for assistance. Thanks to Rosie’s collar, police knew exactly who to call. They were able to reunite her with her family.
A chimpanzee named Mahale also gave birth in November via emergency C section at Sedgwick County Zoo, Kansas. After natural labor had stopped progressing, vets decided that a Cesarean was the best option. Because the baby was not getting enough oxygen at birth, he received treatment. This meant that mother and baby had to be separated for two days. Mahale was able to register that her baby boy was there for her after the pair were reintroduced. The baby was aware. Mahale, meanwhile, reached out to his arm from the blanket and took action.
After being lost in the woods, two sisters went missing and were found by their families in December. They had a loyal friend: their golden retriever. After playing in their yard with Artemis, Cecilia Bourg and Abigail vanished. Five hours of agonizing searching turned up no trace of them. Artemis remained with them despite the efforts of volunteers and police who searched the woods. The good news was that cops took the little girls home, and the family was finally reunited. They wandered more than a mile away from their home. Artemis was the star of the rescue. Artemis started barking as soon as he heard the searchers. This made it easier to locate them.