The year 2020 was extremely difficult for a lot of us. From a pandemic to personal hardships, the constant reminders of social injustices and the unfortunate deaths of several notable people, 2020 brought a lot of frowns, but there were a few moments mixed in that made it worth the crazy ride.
Here are 20 moments that made 2020 worth surviving:
One of the first North Texans to receive donated plasma from a COVID-19 survivor got to meet the man who made the life-saving gift.
History repeated itself in West Virginia. Two best friends who were born on the same day and at the same hospital found themselves back where it all started.
In Minneapolis, Rose McGee was on a mission. She and volunteers baked sweet potato comfort pies and delivered them to neighbors while offering a shoulder to cry on after Houston native George Floyd was killed.
A teenage girl in North Carolina couldn’t attend her high school prom because of the coronavirus, but she still had a special bash thrown just for her by a boy that she babysits.
A man and an elderly woman in Hawaii became good friends after he helped her get home from a food drive. She was one of the thousands of people in line for the largest “Show Aloha Challenge” Food Drive.
This year, Kennedy McCormick, 14, came up with a virtual food drive complete with a piano recital from the birthday girl herself. her only request: donate to a charity of her choice.
A local student turned heads after she earned over $1 million worth of scholarship offers from various universities around the country. Audrey Scott – who is also an actress, notably playing young Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec – is a graduating senior at the Texas Connections Academy, according to a news release.
A deputy in Clay County, Florida, responded to a false alarm at a family’s home last week. Everyone said it all led to an experience they’ll never forget. It all started when a deputy showed up to Jarvis Smith’s home because of a call from ADT, which ended up being a mistake.
Thousands of people donated money to pay off a loan so three orphan brothers can stay in their house in Edison, New Jersey after they lost their mother.
A drug user and a criminal just a few years ago, Jocelyn James says she didn’t care about anything in life. She was arrested more than 16 times, often by Officer Terrell Powers. But she eventually turned her life around, got sober, and one night when she was looking at Facebook, she saw a plea. Officer Powers was in need of a kidney.
A duo came together to create a Happy Hour that helps to bridge the racial divide. Two men named Marcus and Ben set up lawn chairs and invited the neighborhood to join them during the pandemic.
A Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable proved that his heart was bigger than his badge when he provided food and household items for a 90-year-old woman in desperate need.
A 12-year-old Nicaraguan boy started his own business to save money for a computer to attend online classes.
One woman paid it forward in a meaningful and fitting way to people who were waiting in long, hot unemployment lines.
One couple didn’t let the pandemic keep them from tying the knot in a celebration that may mean even more to the bride’s mother.
Decorated cars, trucks and motorcycles made a loud entrance to help honor Vincent Grenfell, Sr., who turned 99 on July 4 this year. This was a major milestone and one worth giving a major celebration for, so to help celebrate a little early, dozens of vehicles lined up and gave him an unforgettable surprise parade while singing “Happy Birthday.”
Sometimes the best in people come out during times of crisis. A man from Ohio decided to pay it forward while vacationing in Virginia Beach by giving a waitress a tip she’ll never forget.
A senior care facility in England made sure its residents and caregivers still had fun during the pandemic.
For a bride, the most important thing on her wedding day, besides the groom, is her wedding dress. Narolin Cepeda nearly didn’t have hers for her big day after her mother accidentally forgot it while rushing to catch a plane at Newark Airport, but miracles do happen.
For one Alabama high schooler, this surprise was sweeter than any graduation ceremony.
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