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7 Most Heart-Warming Things Big Corporations Have Done

Big Corporations are usually considered to be huge faceless entities, which place little to no value on their customers beyond their monetary worth. Once in a while, though, a story so heart-warming, compassionate and tear worthy surfaces that it makes us realize these huge companies are comprised of warm, compassionate people that go above and beyond to help, comfort and listen to their customers and fans. You better grab the tissues, because these are some truly heart-warming things big corporations have done. Get ready to have your faith in humanity restored.

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United Airlines Helps Son See His Dying Mother

There are few bonds in the world as strong as the one between a mother and child. This makes the loss of a parent, especially one’s mother, a tragic and profound life event. Kerry Drake was going through that exact process, on a plane to visit his mother as she was living her final hours on Earth. Unfortunately, Mr. Drake had to take two connecting flights, and if his first flight was delayed, he wouldn’t be able to catch the connecting flight, which could mean he would never see his mother alive again.

Then it happened; the flight was delayed and coming to the realization that he might never again see his mother alive, Mr. Drake understandably broke down in tears, this prompted the air-crew to ask him what was wrong. After explaining his situation and the fear that he would never see his mother again, the crew ran to the pilot, who contacted the airport they were to arrive in, requesting that Mr. Drake’s connecting flight also be delayed so he could visit his dying mother. United Airlines approved and helped a dying mother see her son and a son see his dying mother one last time.

Marketing Firm Keeps 89-year-old Barber in Business

During the 2011 London Riots, a man’s livelihood and arguably legacy were caught in the gears of dissent. 87-year-old Aaron Bibel had cut hair out of his small cozy barber shop for six decades until the rioters destroyed his barbershop and livelihood. BBH Labs a Marketing and R&D Corporation created a website called keepaaroncutting.com, made a short video documentary and hit social media. After £35.000 worth of donations, Aaron renovated his small shop and donated the remainder of the money to the Bruce Grove Youth Center, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children. In the video above he says that he loves working, and with the love of the community he managed to continue doing what he loved.

Southwest Airlines

A man was on a business trip when his daughter called him with horrifying news; his three-year-old grandson had been beaten by his daughter’s live-in boyfriend. The poor toddler was in a coma was going to be taken off life support at 9 p.m. so his organs could be donated to save other children. The man immediately booked the next flight out of L.A. that would have gotten him to his grandson in the nick of time. But due to the infamous Los Angeles’ traffic arrived 12 minutes after the flight was scheduled to fly.

As he entered the terminal, he found the pilot waiting for him, saying that the plane couldn’t go anywhere without a pilot and extended his condolences to the unfortunate grandfather. What had happened was that his daughter had contacted Southwest Airline’s at LAX (the Los Angeles airport) informed them of the tragic turn of events and the company contacted the pilot who stood outside the airplane waiting to take the man to say his last goodbyes to his grandson.

The Force Awakens

Thirty-two-year-old Daniel Fleetwood was suffering from a rare form of cancer and was given only a few months to live. The terminally ill man had loved the Star Wars franchise from a very young age but, unfortunately, the Dec 18th premier of the Force Awakens would probably be too late for him, considering his condition. Daniel contacted both Lucasfilms and Disney and asked to see the movie before it was released and keeping true to Disney’s motto, When You Wish Upon a Star, Daniel was shown an unedited version of the latest Star Wars film. A few days later Daniel’s wife announced his death.

This is not the first time the film’s director, J.J. Abrams, has granted a dying fan the wish to preview one of his movies. Just two years ago in 2013 he showed his film Star Trek: Into Darkness to a 32-year-old man known only as Dan, who was only given a few weeks to live. Abrams organized a private screening for Dan, who like Daniel died just days later. A great director and a big heart, what more can you want.

Snow Storm Trader Joe’s

It’s can be very difficult to far away from an elderly family member, especially when the weather is bad. A woman found here self in exactly that situation when her octogenarian father was snowed in. Due to her father’s mobility issues the woman feared that he would run out of food as he would be unable to go to the grocery store. She contacted all the local supermarkets in the area to see if they could deliver food to the 84-year-old man but to no avail.

Finally, she contacted the chain-store Trader Joes, and although they usually did not deliver, considering the situation they said they would be happy to do so. She placed the order, and the manager even recommended some other low sodium food items that her father could eat. She was then informed that the order would be free for her elderly father who received the groceries within just 30 minutes.

Honorable Mentions: The Company’s That Made Christmas

For the last entry, I will talk about something very close to my heart: video games. I grew up with video games, and as any gamer will testify, it is an indivisible part of our childhood. That information might seem irrelevant now, but you’ll see why I’m mentioning it. A father bought a very expensive Playstation 3 console for his son from the e-commerce website Amazon.com, making sure the delivery would arrive before Christmas.
The second story pulls a little harder at the heart strings, as it takes place in a children’s hospital. A little boy sat days before Christmas waiting for a liver transplant, which coincided with the release of the latest addition to his favorite video game franchise, Halo. The father wanting to bring some extra joy to his son’s Christmas contacted a Reddit group asking if anyone knew how to contact, Bungie, the game studio that produced the Halo franchise. Here’s the father’s first reddit thread.

Shortly after he received a response from Bungie…and then a representative from the company showed up to the hospital with a custom made card by one of the company’s artists, including other pieces of artwork and a custom-made replica helmet from the franchise. The father thanks, Bungie here. Although the video game industry is often vilified for the content they produce, they are arguably the most in-touch, humane members of the entertainment and media industry.The second story pulls a little harder at the heart strings, as it takes place in a children’s hospital. A little boy sat days before Christmas waiting for a liver transplant, which coincided with the release of the latest addition to his favorite video game franchise, Halo. The father wanting to bring some extra joy to his son’s Christmas contacted a Reddit group asking if anyone knew how to contact, Bungie, the game studio that produced the Halo franchise. Here’s the father’s first reddit thread.

Shortly after he received a response from Bungie…and then a representative from the company showed up to the hospital with a custom made card by one of the company’s artists, including other pieces of artwork and a custom-made replica helmet from the franchise. The father thanks, Bungie here. Although the video game industry is often vilified for the content they produce, they are arguably the most in-touch, humane members of the entertainment and media industry.

See Also: Beyond the Call of Duty in the Face of Tragedy

Do you have an amazing heart-warming story that I left out? Please feel free to add them in the comment section below!

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