10 heartwarming stories of 2014

10 heartwarming stories of 2014

SINGAPORE - Kindness begets kindness - sometimes it's true.

This week, a British student raised £21,000 (S$43,000) for a homeless man in Preston, England, who offered her his last few pounds to a taxi home.

The homeless man, known as Robbie, offered £3 to Ms Dominique Harrison-Bentzen when she lost her bank card after a night out. She later found that others had similar stories to tell about Robbie - how he returned wallets to pedestrians and offered others his scarf to keep warm, the Guardian reported.

She asked people to donate 3 pounds each to Robbie, and as part of the fund-raiser, she and some supporters spent a night out on the streets.

Robbie has since found a home, and has insisted that some of the money be used to help other homeless people, according to the "Help Robbie, Preston's Homeless Hero" Facebook page.

Stories like these go viral because they warm our hearts and remind us that there is still plenty of good in this world.

Here are some heartwarming stories from Singapore and around the world to brighten up your day:

Foreign workers rescue cat from drain

A video posted on Facebook by user "Yvonne Hairstyles" earlier this month shows a group of foreign workers scooping a bedraggled cat from a drain gushing with water.

In the video, one of the men carries the cat out of the water, while another man provides a traffic cone which they place the cat into.

The woman who did not mind getting her hands dirty

Ms Noriza A. Mansor did not move away from a stench at the FairPrice supermarket at Toa Payoh HDB Hub, where she works. Instead, the bedsheet promoter got as near as she could.

The smell was coming from Mr Tan Soy Yong, who had soiled himself while grocery-shopping with his wife, who moves around in a wheelchair, in October. He had faeces on his shorts and shins. There was also a small lump of faeces on his sandals.

Armed with a pail of water and tissue, she cleaned him up, and even sent the couple all the way to their home in Potong Pasir.

The mysterious shoe rack

When a shoe rack appeared outside the new home of Mr Priveen Raj and his wife in November, they were mystified.

It turned out to be a gift from Mr Raj Kumar, a contractor with Straits Construction Singapore. He wanted to thank the couple who often gave food and drinks to him and other workers who worked on their building project.

Four help disabled man cross road

Four people rushed to help a man who was having difficulty crossing the road in front of City Plaza in this incident that happened in October.

The disabled man was using his hands to drag himself across the road, and two shop assistants came to help him. Two pedestrians then ran over to help as well.

A motorist filmed the kind deed and submitted the video to citizen journalism website Stomp.

Motorists waited patiently for the man to cross the road, even though the traffic lights had turned green.

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