6 Stories To Restore Your Faith In Humanity

Photo: Courtesy of Ryan Willmer's Twitter.
Mondays are rough, we know, so to help you kick off the week on a positive note, we’ve rounded up six inspiring stories from the last week that might make you believe in humanity again. From a cop who dyed his hair pink for a good cause, to a church that welcomes folks society might deem as “outcasts,” these tales of people doing good will brighten your day.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rivers of Living Water of New Jersey's Facebook.
This Church Became A Safe Haven For "Outcasts"
Pastor Vanessa Brown, of the congregation Rivers of Living Water, made headlines for creating a "radically inclusive" church on the Upper West Side in NYC, embracing people who don't necessarily fit into a traditional church community. Brown welcomes everyone — sex workers, drug users, LGBT people, and all who have been pushed away from other congregations.
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Photo: Courtesy of Diane McLean.
The Internet Is Helping A Single Mom (& Many Others) Rebuild Her Home
After a gas leak caused an explosion in NYC's East Village, plenty of families and restaurants lost everything. One such family was Diane McLean's, and the single mother had to relocate her three kids after losing her rent-controlled apartment. Luckily, the Internet has come to the rescue, with a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $99,000 to help. "Any donation — even the smallest bit — could help me rebuild this entire world for my kids who — in one fell swoop — went to school one day and came home to rubble," McLean wrote on her page. Meanwhile, a couple that lost their home raised $11,000 in 14 hours, while another family — who had been in their building for four generations before the fire — has been able to raise about $36,000.
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Photo: Courtesy of P.B. Jams' Facebook.
This Restaurant Believes EVERYONE Should Have Access To Food
When an Oklahoma City restaurant owner found that a dumpster diver was going through her trash for food, she took initiative and invited the forager in for a meal via a sign in her window. "You're a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster," the sign read. "Please come in during operating hours for a classic PB&J, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked." Since then, the restaurant has started a "pay it forward" campaign, through which diners can pre-pay for a meal for someone in need.
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Photo: Courtesy of DC Central Kitchen.
This Nonprofit Is Helping Former Inmates Find Steady Jobs
When you've got a rap sheet, finding a stable job gets infinitely harder. Enter D.C. Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that has created a culinary job training program, prepping anyone who needs it to get a job in one of the most forgiving industries — restaurants. "This is a place where anyone can come and work if you're willing to work hard," D.C. Central Kitchen CEO Mike Curtin told Eater. "It doesn't matter where you're from, what language you speak, what education you've had. If you're willing to work hard, you're welcome here."
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Photo: Courtesy of Ryan Willmer's Twitter.
This Toronto Police Officer Dyed His Hair Pink For A Good Cause
After two straight students in Nova Scotia bullied a gay student who was wearing a pink shirt, Canada created Day of Pink to bring awareness to anti-bullying and the celebration of diversity. To get more attention for the event, one police officer dyed his hair bright-pink, thanks to a campaign on Twitter. The resulting photo of muscled, tattooed Officer Luke Watson went viral, with 8,622 retweets as of press time. “I didn’t think such a simple gesture would become such a big thing, but it has brought awareness and opens up discussion,” Watson told Yahoo.
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This Video Of A Sperm Whale Shows Just How Big — & Beautiful — Our World Is
Just in case you were sitting there thinking about how it's just another Monday, here's a video of a bunch of scientists aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus who had a rare sperm whale spotting, 2,000 feet underwater. The resulting footage is amazing — and the audio commentary reminds you that yes, things can be incredible and awe-inspiring on a regular day.