15+ Times Reddit Banded Together For Good

Diply 26 Oct 2018

Reddit brands itself as "the front page of the internet," and for more than a decade, it's lived up to that billing.

Whatever your interest, whether it's mainstream or niche, you'll find like-minded people on the appropriate subreddit.

The site is a mass of humanity — and humanity can be pretty good sometimes.

1. Best Secret Santa ever.

Reddit Gifts | Aerrix

Normally, Secret Santa arrangements are a great way to score a coffee mug or gift card. But Reddit's many Secret Santa programs pair you with a total stranger. As user Aerrix shows us, that stranger could be anyone.

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Yes, this Secret Santa is Bill Gates himself.

Reddit Gifts | Aerrix

He obviously has the funds to make this a great gift, but he really went above and beyond by sending personalized notes, warm thoughts, and (oh yeah) lots of sweet swag.

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2. Succulents can be so sweet.

Reddit | kimbo-li-oli

I don't know what kind of monster would steal someone's plants, but kimbo-li-oli had their entire succulent collection stolen. Fortunately, the good people of r/succulents quickly helped remedy the situation.

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3. A little pizza goes a long way. 

Reddit | xaj13

After feeling down in the dumps after losing their job and home, user xaj13 turned to Reddit for some advice. Of course, Reddit had nothing but encouraging words, and one Redditor even made sure they had a warm meal to eat.

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4. Reddit's on the case.

Reddit | DealsDanne

This is the footprint of the nefarious villain who stole DealsDanne's bike. Fortunately, the hive mind of Reddit analyzed the photo and quickly weighed in.

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Two hours later: solved!

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Within hours, Reddit had figured out what kind of shoe left the print. With that info, DealsDanne was promptly able to do some detective work and determine that the thief lived in the same building.

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5. Cancer free!

Reddit | sharky143

If Redditor sharky143 looks stoked in this pic, it's because he is! After Redditors suggested that he might have a health issue, he went to his doctor to find out he had testicular cancer. Because he acted fast, he's now cancer free!

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6. That's some serious swag.

Reddit | brownmagician

You're looking at the package a baseball company sent to ballplayer brownmagician after posting about getting his bat broken. Baseball bats aren't cheap, so it's super generous that they sent him one — along with all kinds of other goodies.

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7. Connecting puppers with people.

Reddit | Enter_Corgi

Redditor Enter_Corgi posted on the r/Daschund subreddit that this adorable foster dog, Cannoli, needed a forever home. Another Redditor took one look at his soulful expression and was quickly smitten.

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One quick name change later...

Reddit | Enter_Corgi

The dachshund's new owner swapped the cutesy "Cannoli" name for the more stylish "Connor Lee" and gave the pupper the permanent home he clearly deserves, all thanks to Reddit.

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8. He's very particular about his Christmas gifts.

Reddit | aishavoya

This is the brother of Redditor aishavoya, who lives with autism-spectrum disorder. Every Christmas, aishavoya makes sure to get him his favorite Tonka truck, but this particular year, he was having trouble securing the one: a blue Tonka Hummer.

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But it gets good.

Reddit | xConont70x

After this story went viral, Tonka itself got involved. Redditor xCanont70x posted this amazing response showing that when Reddit speaks, companies listen — and sometimes go the extra mile.

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9. Reddit rectifies Lego larceny.

Reddit | mgideon98

It's a terrible feeling to have something you love stolen from you. This Lego builder and collector had his stuff stolen. But as you can see in this screengrab from mgideon98, Reddit was quick to help.

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The story reads like a Lego movie I'd actually watch.

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My Lego collection resides in a box somewhere in my parents' basement, but I'd still hate to lose it (or have it stolen). It's awesome to see good deeds like this!

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10. Proof that pen pals can be awesome.

Reddit | MountainPlantation

Redditor MountainPlantation posted this image of a three-year-old note in front of Toronto's CN Tower. What's the significance? This shot was taken after the user moved to Toronto to make a life together with their pen pal.

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Pen pals to pen partners...

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You can't give Reddit all the credit for two people finding love together. But this story just shows how social media can connect people in all sorts of ways.

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11. When old photos degrade, just reach out on Reddit.

Reddit | [deleted]

Redditor whitewolfe13 posted this image of his dad from 1976. It's clearly a treasured pic, but it's been folded so many times that it's literally falling apart. A user with Photoshop skills took it on themselves to fix it back up.

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12. The kindness of strangers...

Reddit | p1percub

After Redditor p1percub shared a plea to help find her dog Jack, a group of Redditors worked together to help find him. Jack had run away after being hit by a truck, but luckily, a few internet strangers kept their eyes peeled and were able to get him back to his mom safe and sound.

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13. One user's dream came true with some help from fellow Redditors. 

Reddit | pgboz

Redditor pgboz posted this image of himself in a store he visited every single day as a child.

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And now that same store sells a game that he created.

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After launching a Kickstarter campaign and sharing it with Reddit, pgboz was able to quit his job and launch "Turing Tumble." It was his "made it" moment.

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14. His face says it all.

Reddit | ecoshia

Redditor ecoshia posted this heartwarming image of a street musician with his new banjo. What's the significance? His old banjo was stolen, and Redditors came together to buy him a new one.

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15. The greatest mail day of all time.

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User blue_jaybird was upset when no one showed up at her son's birthday party, but Reddit came through and flooded their mailbox with cards, comic books, and toys. She said, "This has turned out to be one of his best birthdays ever. & it's all thanks to you Reddit!

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16. Notes across borders...

Reddit | yadayadayadaaa

Redditor yadayadayadaaa wanted to give her husband a special birthday gift, where people around the world wished him a happy birthday. Of course, Redditors love a project — and they swiftly submitted examples from all around the world.

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The world is friendlier than it sometimes seems.

Reddit | yadayadayadaaa

After all, if random internet people half a planet away are down to help you celebrate your loved ones, it's a pretty good sign that there's decency everywhere — and Reddit is a great place to start.

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