Here at Cheezburger, we love to show you fun pictures of goofy cats, memes, and pratfalls, but this week we also want to share with you how the internet has been a vehicle for public good in recent years. Our friends over at Know Your Meme have collected some of the most heartwarming acts of internet charity, and as a part of our Restoring Faith in Humanity Week we're sharing them with you!
In the wake of the tragedy in Boston last week, Reddit's "Random Acts of Pizza" community donated 1,500 pizzas to hospitals and emergency centers in the area.
In 2004, New Yorker Jayson Littman began giving out free hugs in Washington Square Park. This started a trend that began to pick up after Juan Mann continued the practice in Sydney. Since then, Free Hugs projects have been seen as far away as South Korea.
In March of last year, Tel Aviv-residents and Israeli graphic designers Ronny Edry and Michal Tamir began a Facebook campaign to promote good will and peace towards their Iranian neighbors during a time of political unrest. At first the campaign was met with satire and cynicism, but within days response images began to appear from Iranian Facebook users:
Remember Caine's Arcade, the boy who made a cardboard amusement center for his neighborhood?
In less than a week, Caine received $150,000 to go towards his college education, and his parents helped establish a program to aid similar child entrepreneurs: