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.
Bai Fangli, “a Chinese pedicab driver”, “donated 350,000 yuan (US$54,958 in 2015) over a span of 18 years to enable more than 300 poor students to continue with their studies”. He “wore second hand discarded clothes”, “lived in a shabby house”, “ate humble food” and donated most of his income.
In the middle of the Great Depression, a man placed an offer in an Ohio newspaper, saying: If you’re in trouble, write me. Many people sent him desperate letters, needing things like shoes, a coat, mercy, food, and to save their family from despair. And back came checks, under a pseudonym.
Kirk Kerkorian, the richest person in Los Angeles, has dispensed more than $200 million and a school, and he has never allowed anything to be named in his honor.