5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Strangers really stepped up to the plate this week
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2013 5:06 AM CST
Members of the public, veterans and service personnel gather to pay their respects to Harold Percival at Lytham Park Crematorium, Lytham St. Annes, England, Monday Nov. 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron)

(Newser) – A week in which "Batkid" saves San Francisco—with the help of thousands upon thousands of strangers—is a pretty uplifting week. Here are five more stories that will go a long way toward restoring your faith in humanity.

  1. Lonely Obituary Draws Hundreds to WWII Vet's Funeral: WWII veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival died last month at age 99, leaving no close family behind. So the funeral home organizing his service put a special note in the his obit.
  2. Woman Finds Son Who Vanished 30 Years Ago: For 30 years, Kathy Amaya has been looking for her son, David, who went missing as a child. For that same amount of time, David has believed his mother discarded him. That misconception persists no longer.
  3. Nonverbal Autistic Boy Stuns Mom, Sings Katy Perry: An autistic boy in Texas who had never strung together more than a few words is now a bit of a YouTube sensation for doing far more than that. Jack Robbins, 8, stunned his parents when he began regularly singing the lyrics to this song.

  1. Fliers Rebel After Blind Man, Dog Booted Off Flight: An amazing show of solidarity on a US Airways Express flight Wednesday night: After a flight attendant made a blind man and his guide dog exit the plane, all the other passengers exited with them in protest.
  2. At NJ Fire Dept., Veterans Go to Head of Line: Unemployment is a big problem for veterans, so New Jersey's North Hudson Fire Department is doing what it can to help.
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