Sure social media is a great tool. A great tool to stalk you ex with. However, I would like to let you know that there are actually non-creepy uses for platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These are a few examples of social media campaigns that will warm your heart.
This could easily be a Disney tear-jerker, Odin Camus is a young man that was turning 13 years old. Although he invited his entire class, no one RSVP’d to his party. The reason was that Odin suffers from Asperger’s and is bullied because of it. His mother wanting Odin’s party to be special had organized a blow-out party at the local bowling alley, followed by dinner at Odin’s favorite restaurant, deflated she turned to social media and asked her network to send Odin birthday wishes, so he could feel special on his special day. After a local Ontario news station shared Mrs. Camus’s request an out-pouring of wishes and RSVP’s came forth even some from celebrities and around the world. Not only did Odin get his blow-out party with 250+ guests, he had an experience that he will most likely remember for the rest of his life.
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Sean was enjoying a live music event much like any other person would, by dancing. Of course, that offended some slack-jawed dimwit. And not only did he and his friend ridicule Sean, but they also posted photos to the website 4Chan. In one photo, you see Sean dancing and in the next one (post humiliation), he stands red-faced, head bowed with his hands tightly to his side. The caption the sub-human troll (see bully) offered the world was ‘Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.’ An activist by the name of Cassandra Fairbanks saw the heart-retching image and spoke to the online masses to find the, to that point unknown ‘Dancing Man’ Sean. Not only was he found within a few hours of the request Sean was invited as a VIP to a dance party in L.A. with over 2000 women. Taking a stand against bullying couldn’t have been more heartwarming.
During the Katrina catastrophe Michael Maroney was in an Air Force helicopter over the flooded streets of New Orleans. When he spotted a family stranded knee high in water they went down to rescue them. They picked up the little girl and her mother and amongst the immense destruction the small child laughed, comforted her mother and in the words of the Air Force Vet: “…for this girl to be happy, smiling and resilient despite the devastation was a powerful moment.” When the crew dropped off the little girl she hugged Michael and a heartwarming photo was taken. In the haste of returning to their rescue mission Michael didn’t even get the little girl’s name. Now he is requesting that people help him find this small beacon of light in an otherwise dark place.
Sorry folks no hashtag, but just as heartwarming. A Detroit area man had been walking 21 miles a day, 5 days a week for almost a decade (since his car broke and he couldn’t afford to maintain and insure a new one). But he had a perfect attendance record at work and did so without protest or complaint. Things like that move and inspire people. One person that was inspired was a 19 year old student by the name of Evan Leedy. He started a crowd-funding campaign that had a goal of $25.000 but once the story was picked up by the national media things blew up. Not only was James gifted a new car, the crowd-funding campaign raised $350.000 dollars for him.
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