In less than a month, two massive hurricanes brought devastation and destruction to sections of the U.S. and Caribbean Islands. While these storms are no longer wreaking havoc, news stations broadcast daily reminders of the impact of first Hurricane Harvey and then Hurricane Irma. Fortunately, amid the rubble and rubbish are uplifting stories that highlight the kindness of strangers.
Scenes of ravaged nature, reports of thousands still without power, and a climbing death toll lead the six o'clock news hour, but these horror stories stand in stark contrast to the inspirational stories and hopeful tales that people are sharing in smaller online communities.
So instead of getting bummed out when you turn on the TV, let's spread these stories of love and happiness. In tough times it's important to maintain an optimistic outlook. In the words of Hellen Keller, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope."
Scroll through to see how regular people went above and beyond to help their friends, neighbors, and complete strangers.