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Every so often, we come across a photo that stops us in our tracks. Whether they made us smile or tear up, we can all agree that these photos managed to reach out and touch our hearts. We”ve rounded up some of the most moving photos we”ve seen this past year — you might want to grab a few tissues before you click through.
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Because we love to see a smile on Malala”s face. The 16-year-old who was shot by the Taliban last year brought her hand to her heart in this moving photo, in reaction to receiving the prize for freedom of thought.
OK, so we all know we love Batkid, aka 5-year-old Miles Scott who told Make-a-Wish Foundation that his greatest wish was to be Batman. Well, the nonprofit and the people of San Francisco made it happen, and there were plenty of aww-worthy photos of the event. However, this one of him and his little brother as sidekick Robin is just the epitome of cuteness.
Source: Instagram user jrfabito
This photo shows Diana Nyad, a 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida, emerging from the waters after swimming for three days straight. It truly captures the rawness of the moment.
Pope Francis”s awe-inspiring benevolence was seen when he embraced and kissed Vinicio Riva, a man with neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes painful tumors throughout the face and body.
“But what most astonished me is that he didn”t think twice on embracing me,” Riva said. “I’m not contagious, but he didn’t know. He just did it; he caressed all my face, and while he was doing that, I felt only love.”
Reddit user Nadtacular found a hairless baby squirrel in a bag of mulch. He published a series of touching photos that showed the progression of the squirrel as he raised it.
Source: Reddit user Nadtacular via Imgur
Wheelchair-bound Luka, 12, can finally see himself shooting hoops, skateboarding, and break dancing through the lens of Matej Peljhan”s camera.
Source: Matej Peljhan
“Patience, love, and understanding at its finest” is how Reddit user sho3 described this photo he snapped of a husband teaching the alphabet to his wife, who suffers from memory loss. This couple is truly the embodiment of “through thick and thin.”
Source: Reddit user sho3 via Imgur
He called it a “dream come true.”
Source: Facebook user Nick Vujicic Fans
Reddit user amonkeynamedjamal”s girlfriend works at Steak “n Shake, and she took this photo of a woman who lost her husband. The widow still has lunch with her husband every day by propping his photo up on the table while she eats.
Source: Reddit user amonkeynamedjamal via Imgur
John Darby and Jack Bird celebrated over half a century of being a couple.
Five days a week, shopkeeper Rajesh Kumar Sharma teaches about 40 underprivileged children, aged 4 to 12, for two hours under a metro bridge in Delhi, India. Many of his students have been admitted to government schools.
The letter says:
“Dear park rangers,
I am a Yosemite junior ranger. I went to Yosemite recently and accidentally brought home two sticks. I know I”m not supposed to take things from the park, so I am sending them back. Please put them in nature.
Source: Reddit user bestmattever via Imgur
Harold Jellicoe Percival died in a nursing home at age 99, and a local newspaper asked for people to attend. Someone uploaded a photo of the newspaper notice to Twitter, and his obituary then went viral. Hundreds of strangers turned up for his funeral as a result.
Using a Sikh model in its ads has earned Gap the admiration of Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike. This photo of a Sikh boy and a little girl posing in front of the Gap ad is just heartwarming.
Source: Facebook user ThankYouGap
Dan McManus suffers from anxiety, and his therapy dog, an Australian Cattle Dog named Shadow, helps him cope. Further, this sweet duo even hang glides together!
He definitely wins the award for superdad of the year.
Source: Reddit user resgestae via Imgur
Frank and Eleanor Turner, a married couple of almost 65 years, died six hours apart on the same day without knowing of the other”s passing.
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When the daughter of Redditor Tanek42 told the manager at Olive Garden about her grandfather”s house burning down, the kindhearted manager ended up comping their whole meal.
Source: Reddit user Tanek42 via Imgur
Angelo Merendino created a legacy for his wife, Jennifer, through a series of photos taken before her death from breast cancer in 2011 and published them in an eBook this year. This particular one captures the touching moment when Angelo shaved his wife”s head.
Although it was taken a few years ago, we chose to include this photo because it caught media attention this year.
Source: Angelo Merendino