Bulgarian man Dobri Dobrev, also known as Grandpa Dobri, spent his life begging for money and donated all the money he collected to charities, orphanages, churches and monasteries. He died in 2018, at the age of 103.
Ronald Reagan would write personal checks to individuals with financial struggles. He was known to drop $4,000 or $5,000 checks into the mail for certain people. He was also known to call upon the Air Force to aid in the transport of children who were experiencing medical emergencies.
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, a Celebrity cruise ship rerouted to deliver food, water and aid to survivors in the Bahamas. Kitchen staff made around 10,000 meals & guests volunteered to pack them.
An Arizona man found a balloon with a Christmas list for Santa while out hiking. He tracked down the 8-yr-old Mexican girl who released the balloon and fulfilled her wishlist.
FDR asked singer Eddie Cantor if he could get a million people to send in a dollar to support polio research. He replied that it would be easier to ask for dimes. By the end of the month, the White House had received 2.68 million dimes ($268k) and the March of Dimes began.
In 2013, the Fresno chapter of the Hell’s angels waited in line outside of Walmart for five days so they could buy every bike inside and donate them to charity.
Chinese millionaire Xiong Shuihua demolished the slums where he grew up, built luxury houses and gave the keys to the residents… for free.
Brady Snakovsky, a 9 year old, was watching Live PD and noticed a K9 without a bulletproof vest on, so he made a go-fund-me with his mom to purchase a vest for the dog and instead raised over $80,000, which was used to create a legitimate charitable organization donating to police.
In 2008, Jeremy Clarkson published his bank details in his Sun newspaper column to prove nobody could take money from his account. Somebody then donated £500 to a Diabetes charity from his account.
A 9-year-old boy decided he wanted to help the families of fallen US soldiers. He started a Facebook page and eventually traded up to $900 worth of Disney gift certificates, airfare and hotel credits. He then gave the trip to a 2-year-old girl who had lost her father in Afghanistan.