- MailOnline Travel presents a catalogue of kindness from near and far
- One captures a man rescuing an injured kangaroo from a flood in Australia
- Another shows a child trying to help a wheelchair-bound man over a road
It’s been a particularly grim week in the news.
But it’s worth being reminded of all the good in the world, and the following acts of kindness will do just that.
In the Netherlands, a mother-of-five on her way to hospital was stunned when two paramedics insisted on staying behind to cook dinner for her children. The two men even washed the dishes before they left.
Elsewhere around the globe, good Samaritans have been captured rescuing injured or distressed wild animals from floods; in one case a tiny fawn, in another, a kitten.
Some gestures are small – the stranger who fed someone’s parking meter when he noticed it had run out, for example – while others require more effort, like the millionaire in Maryland known for visiting hospitalized children dressed as Batman.
Read on for a selection of images rounded up by MailOnline that are sure to leave a lump in your throat, and restore a little faith in humanity.
Thought that counts: A little child wearing adult shoes attempts to help a wheelchair-bound man with no legs over a pavement curb
Cradled: During a flood in Australia, this man rescued an injured kangaroo who was in trouble
Have a tissue: An adorable toddler offering comfort to a crying actor by trying to wipe away his tears
Unheard of: A random and completely thankless act of kindness, courtesy of someone who calls himself the ‘meter homie’
Her face says it all: A woman overcome with relief and gratitude after her beloved cat was rescued from a house fire
Annual jaunt: Whoever this elderly lady is, she certainly found herself a keeper in this devoted husband
Pipette: This soldier rescued a minuscule baby bunny and then raised him, dedicating hours to feeding him as he got stronger
Deer me: A boy going out of his way to rescue a tiny fawn who had been separated from its mother during a flood
Passing angel: According to the uploader, a stranger noticed this kitten in the rain and donated his umbrella to keep her dry
Medal? In the Netherlands, these officers stayed behind after a mother was taken to hospital, to cook dinner for her five children. They even washed up before they left
Heroic: This millionaire in Maryland was once known for visiting hospitalized children dressed as Batman
Teamwork: Two men noticed a drowning kitten in a stream so worked together in order to lift it to safety
Everyone’s a winner: These children in Missouri practice their reading in front of nervous shelter dogs to help calm them down
Custom-made: This family built their son a special wheelchair so he could feel the ocean
To the rescue: When this boy got separated from him group during a 5K race, a Michigan marine joined him to the finish line
Helping hand: According to the uploader, this man stopped running to catch his train when he noticed an elderly lady who needed assistance on the steps
Hide and seek: This uploader wrote – ‘When I ordered a meal, I discovered I didn’t have enough cash, so I just got the entree instead. Found this inside. Coolest Burger King worker ever’
Life-changing: A mother-of-two working in a small-town restaurant was telling a customer about her Italian roots. They left her this tip
Halt: This boy was photographed after he stopped traffic to help an injured dog off the road
How n-ice: Despite the freezing cold, this man waded through ice to help free a duck which had got stuck and was drowning
Tear-jerking: This was captioned – ‘This homeless man found a bunch of my wife’s stolen property strewn all over downtown Tulsa. He took the time to gather it all up in the rain. I just want to recognize him as an awesome human being’
Resourceful: After seeing an elderly gentleman walking in the rain, this Wendy’s employee removed an umbrella from a table outside and ran over to shield him
Duty: Soldiers in this undisclosed location formed a human bridge to save people from a flood
Thirsty work: This man on rollerblades is seen holding an injured seagull up to a water fountain to help it drink
Survived! In China, animal rescuers paid around £6,000 to buy all the dogs already in a truck on its way to a meat slaughterhouse
Happy feet: Some absolute hero made these tiny flip-flops to help a bird whose feet were injured
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online