When Hurricane Harvey took over Houston earlier this month, no one expected the devastation to be quite as tragic as it was. The storm killed at least 30 people, left tens of thousands in shelters, and dumped almost 50 inches of rain on the city, according to NBC News. It’s been a tough week for countless families in Houston, in Texas, in the United States.
But the beautiful thing about tragedies like this is that, when under pressure, many people do rise to the occasion, dropping everything to help out those in need.
Despite the terrifying and tragic circumstances that took over Houston this week, there were also countless touching moments. Sharing them doesn’t make the horrors over the last few days any better, of course—but it can help lighten the load and remind you that, no matter what, we’ll get through it.
Here are a few of the best moments shared with the internet:
This Man Who Dressed Up As Spiderman To Cheer Kids Up
Los Angeles Times journalist Molly Hennessy-Fiske shared a touching video on Twitter of a man who dressed up as Spiderman to cheer up evacuated children in Texas:
— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) August 29, 2017
The Cab Driver Who Made Friends With An Injured Hawk
When a hawk sought refuge pre-storm in his cab in Houston, taxi driver William Bruso decided to let “Harvey the Hurricane Hawk” stay.
When Harvey wouldn’t leave at the end of the day, Bruso took him home for the night and gave him a safe space to hang out until the Texas Wildlife Rehab Coalition came to pick him up the next morning.
The Human Chains of Safety That Popped Up
In Houston, neighbors stick together—as evidenced by this ABC13 photo on Twitter of a human chain reaching out to people in danger:
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) August 30, 2017
This Loud Little Pig That Got Rescued From High Water
Fox News reporter Greg Googan shared a heartwarming video of a squealing pig getting transferred to safer grounds:
— Greg Groogan (@GrooganFox26) August 28, 2017
This Man Who Brought His Boat to “Save Some Lives”
As CNN shared in a tweet, one man came with his boat to “try to save some lives”—and we are totally here to applaud him for it.
.@edlavaCNN: "What are you gonna do?"
— CNN (@CNN) August 28, 2017
This Little Boy Who Opened a Lemonade Stand to Raise Money
ABC News shared a story on Twitter of a 5-year-old boy who opened his own lemonade stand to try and raise money for the Red Cross and Hurricane Harvey’s victims. (Oh my god, my heart.)
— ABC News (@ABC) August 30, 2017
This Joke-Cracking Deputy Rescuing Kids
This sheriff’s deputy told kids jokes to keep their spirits up as he rescued them from high waters:
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 27, 2017
This Happy Grandma Getting Jet-Skied to Safety
This couple called their local Chick-fil-A for help and they came to the rescue on a jet-ski.
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) August 29, 2017
No matter what, there are always people who are looking to help. And in the hard times, that matters more than ever.