Heartwarming Tearjerker

Heartwarming Tearjerker mail Reddit - 6226006528
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Scott Widak has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease, and he loves to receive mail. So his nephew Sean O'Connor recently posted his P.O. Box on Reddit, to see whether anyone might be interested in sending his uncle a letter: "One of my uncle's favorite things to do is open mail, and I thought that if he got a lot of mail it would cheer him up."

It's been a month since the post, and Widak, an artist, has received mail from all over the world, including the United States, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Redditors have sent heartfelt letters, custom artwork, art supplies, DVDs, and personal keepsakes.

"The mail that's arrived has all been extremely positive and thoughtful," O'Connor says. "My family and I are amazed at how so many strangers could come together for a random act of kindness."

Don't miss the rest of the pics -- they'll make your Monday.

[mashable]

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When Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney returned home from Afghanistan recently, he was welcomed with the surprise of his life. Wife Melissa relays the details:

When my husband left on his deployment, our 6-year-old son could not walk on his own. He has cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his homecoming, we set it up for Michael to walk to his daddy for the first time ever! We kept the fact that he could walk a secret the whole time his dad was gone!

[whb]

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Heartwarming Tearjerker mrs-mole - 6175824640
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When Ronald Searle's wife, Monica, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer in 1969, the illustrator drew her a Mrs. Mole drawing "to cheer every dreaded chemotherapy session and evoke the blissful future ahead." Monica survived the then-experimental treatment, and died just last summer. Ronald died in January.

Now a collection of 47 Mrs. Mole drawings has been released as a book, Les Tres Riches Heures de Mrs Mole.

Said Ronald Searle:

"I drew them originally for no one's eyes except Mo's, so she would look at them propped up against her bedside lamp and think: 'When I'm better, everything will be beautiful.' ... Everything about them had to be romantic and perfect."

[neatorama]

bootlegger Heartwarming Tearjerker vet - 6164977408
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"It's not the right thing to do, but I did it. If I were younger, maybe I'd be spending time in the hoosegow."

So says Hyman Strachman, a 92-year-old, 5-foot-5 World War II vet who has spent the past eight years sending bootlegged copies of first-run movies to American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Known to soldiers as Big Hy, he has copied the movies -- more than 300,000 -- in his small Long Island apartment, then sent them overseas free of charge, and at a personal cost of about $30,000.

"It was pretty big stuff -- it's reconnecting you to everything you miss," said Jenna Gordon, a specialist in the Army Reserve. "We'd tell people to take a bunch and pass them on."

Now, with the wars waning and soldiers returning home, Strachman's shameless violation of domestic copyright laws is winding down, as his chance of being prosecuted. In fact, Howard Gantman, with the Motion Picture Association of America, hinted that Strachman might never have been on Hollywood's radar at all: "We are grateful that the entertainment we produce can bring some enjoyment to them while they are away from home."

[nyt]

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Meet Henry, a long-time nursing home resident who passes his time in a melancholy state of near-silence. Everything changes when caretakers give him an iPod loaded with tunes of long ago. Just like that, he comes to life: "I'm crazy about music! It gives me a feeling of love."

Spoiler alert. Henry sings. You don't want to miss a minute.

[gizmodo]

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Hope for Paws (previously) rescues a blind, abandoned dog found living in squalor, cleans her up, partially restores her eyesight, and finds her a new home.

Caution: Not safe for mascara.

[thanks alec!]

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After spending nearly two years socializing wolves in the world's northernmost zoo, Norway's Polar Zoo, Anita left for a couple of months. Upon her return, she was reunited with the wolf pack she helped socialize.

This is footage of that reunion.

[dpaf.]

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Chuck the boxer jumps for joy at the sight of his best friend returning home from his deployment.

See Also: Same scene, one year ago.

[reddit.]

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"Pendulum," a short yet powerful three-minute anime from Japanese comedian Tekken, recently aired on Japanese TV, and has since racked up nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.

It'll be easy to see why once you watch it. Strike that: It'll be impossible to see anything once you watch it considering how obscured your vision will be by a thick coat of tears.

[kotaku.]

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