Angela McElhiney lost her son Nathan this past October when the nearly 16-year-old boy committed suicide.
One of Angela's fondest memories of her departed son was a video of a live performance that she had. On the video, Nathan was singing the song "Wayfaring Stranger" in a school gymnasium. To make the video and performance even more poignant, the song itself is essentially, as Angela put it, "about someone going, basically, to heaven."
Sadly, the video quality was not very good, and his voice was very difficult to hear.
Angela posted the video of Nathan on Reddit, asking for anyone who could point her in the direction of a service that might possibly be able to help her resurrect the spirit and voice of her son in the video professionally.
What she ended up getting surprised her, me, and everyone else on the Reddit thread.
The initial version above, as you will note, is garbled, and hard to listen to. Angela hoped someone would be able to assist her in getting an optimized version of the video. What she got instead was tens of Reddit users (movie sound editors, musicians, etc.) jumping into action to produce new edits of the video.
Here's one such edit:
And here is another:
And if that wasn't enough kindness for one person, the many Redditors also helped these videos to go viral. The unexpected and fortunate side effect of all of this is that a GoFundMe page created to help raise money for Nathan's funeral expenses is now just $200 shy of its $8,000 goal.
And, if you take a look at the page, you'll notice that many of the donations are coming by way of Reddit and the videos.
Every once in a while, the internet does something so beautiful you could cry by witnessing it. For me, this was one of those times.