There was no shortage of bad news this year.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated the lives of hundreds in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands and caused billions in damages.
A mass shooter killed 58 people and injured hundreds attending a concert in Las Vegas and another mass shooter killed 26 people, including children, in a Texas church.
Then, a series of sex scandals took down several prominent members in government, media and celebrity chefs, starting with film producer Harvey Weinstein.
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However, there were many good things that happened amid the torrent of bad news. Here’s a sampling:
When Kate McClure ran out of gas on a drive to Philadelphia in October a homeless man named Johnny used his last $20 to fill up a can and brought it back to Kate. She decided to pay the good deed forward.
Brittany Lowe, 16, was born with Down Syndrome, and two holes in her heart. She was also forced into a wheelchair at the age of 11. None of those conditions or the multiple surgeries she endured kept her from her dreams of being a cheerleader.
A viral video showed that in spite of cultural and religious differences, Rochel Groner was able to help comfort a screaming boy on a long flight. Groner, with her husband, worked extensively with autistic children. She believed the boy was autistic and struggling.
Resident Assistant Quamir Boddie asked his incoming residents what would make them more comfortable. Freshman Andrew Kochamba had a simple request: he wanted a bedtime story.
Jax needed a haircut really badly. He told his mom that he wanted a haircut so he could look just like his friend, Reddy. He didn’t want the teacher to tell them apart. Jax is white and Reddy is black.
This Swedish women’s soccer team needed a boost of morale. So they changed the names on their jerseys to tweets from prominent Swedish women.
A viral video of a giraffe giving birth had millions on the edges of their seats – waiting. It inspired Erin Dietrich, who was 39 weeks pregnant with her fourth child, to stream a video live on Facebook while she wore a giraffe mask and walked around.
Police pulled Blayk Puckett, a junior at the University of Central Arkansas, over for having a broken light and driving slowly. They realized that he wasn’t drunk – and then they realized he was a juggler. So they came up with a “new” sobriety test.
YouTuber Taylor Nicole Dean of San Antonio, Texas, constructed a tiny custom “wheelchair” for a customer’s pet goldfish that suffered from a swim-bladder disease.
The bride, Jessica Krayno, set up a surprise for her best friend when she went to toss the bouquet.
The internet was outraged that Bradley Reid Byrd’s had been fired from Cracker barrel after 11 years of service with no explanation.
Madalyn Parker was struggling to maintain her mental health, so she requested some time off. The CEO of her company stepped in to comfort her.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.