Unusual Wish Granted: 5 Great Things This Week

Including an act of kindness on the New York subway
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2016 5:16 AM CST
A woman on the Great Wall who's helping to let a dying US boy know that he's 'famous' in China.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A little boy's surprising final wish and an unexpected ride to a job interview make the list:

  • Dying 8-Year-Old's Unusual Wish Captivates China: After a four-year battle with a rare form of muscle cancer, 8-year-old Dorian Murray told his dad he had one final request: "I would like to be famous in China." (He's a fan of the Great Wall.) Residents of China with big hearts didn't let him down.
  • Story of an Online Coat Purchase Has a Twist: When a woman called online shopping company Zulily to inquire about returning a coat, she was expecting a hassle. Instead, the rep refunded her account, with unusual instructions: Please don't send it back—donate it to someone who needs a coat. She did, and similar tales from other companies are emerging.
  • On a Cold NYC Night, a Moment of Pure Kindness: A NYC subway rider captured an act of pure human kindness on video: It shows another rider giving his shirt and hat to a shivering, shirtless homeless man on the train. The tender act is resonating.

  • Cop Rushed Lost Guy to Job Interview: An ex-con in New York City ended up riding in the front seat of a police car for the first time after getting lost on his way to a job interview. James Roberts, 58, says the officer asked him what was wrong, realized he'd never make it to the right place on foot, and offered the only solution: "Get in the car." The good deed paid off for Roberts.
  • Couples' Touching Post-Crash Photo Goes Viral: The picture says it all: Two young people, both in neck braces, smiling at each other—relieved to be alive and reunited. The Facebook photo of Arika Stovall and boyfriend Hunter Hanks, both 21, has gone viral following a harrowing crash. It's got a happy ending, though.
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