Thanks and more thanks to Efreet for all her hard work – add in comments anything else you have thought of:
LIST OF GOOD DEEDS FROM OTHER NERDERIES (will update whenever something else is suggested/comes to my mind)
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- In the Harry Potter series, Hermione is outraged at the way house elves are “forced” into slave labour even in Hogwarts, and creates SPEW (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) Could work for: donation to any anti-slavery charity
- In The Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter puts in the fountain of the Ministery for the hospital of St-Mungo all the money he has in his purse after his disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic. Could work for: donating/volunteering to hospitals
- The Phantom Tollbooth is a whole book about the importance of learning. Could work for: book drives, remedial programs, inner-city education.
- In The Hunger Games, Peeta (the baker’s son) deliberately burns a loaf, so that it will have to be thrown away and Katniss, whose family is starving, will have it. He knows his mother will punish him for wasting the bread, but he does anyway (because he likes Katniss ofc…) Could work for: donating food
- In the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, dolphins did all they could to warn humans that Earth would be destroyed soon. Humans didn’t get the message unfortunately… Could work for: sea life protection, animal-related causes in general (like WWF), research on animal behaviour etc
- In the novel A fault in our stars by John Green, the protagonist Hazel and her friend August get to make a trip to Amsterdam to go and find a mysterious author whose book has brought them together. Their trip is funded by the make-a-wish foundation, because they both are dying of cancer. Could work for: Make-a-Wish or similar foundations.
- Sega had a platform games series going on, starring Sonic the Hedgehog (the character himself is still around). In the original game (and the sequel too, featuring Tails the Fox) Sonic had to free woodland critters trapped by mad scientist Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, who’d have turned them into nasty mechanical monsters. Could work for: anti-poaching organizations, initiatives against animal vivisection.
- Sheldon takes Howard’s Mum shopping. Could work for: assisting elderly people.
- Penny means to donate clothes to charity (she also misunderstands the clothing bank and takes some of the clothes out as well…) Could work for: donating clothes
- In the online MORPG World of Warcraft, a lot of quests involve delivering items to some characters who can’t move (because of old age, illness, etc). Others involve healing wounded characters etc. Could work for: a really broad range of charities (hospitals, homeless care, orphans/war victims, etc. Can’t list them all, but if you have a charity in mind there’s probably something in here we can use.)
- Again in World of Warcraft, there’s a whole playable race called the Blood Elves, who are addicted to magic. They need to consume it (even by sucking it out of living magical creatures if necessary), otherwise they get painful withdrawal symptoms. In the comics set in the game’s world, the character Valeera Sanguinaar fights to overcome her addiction. Could work for: volunteering time/donating to rehab centers, helping former drug addicts in any way
- Fluttershy is always caring for animals and woodland critters, by feeding them, building nests, nursing the sick ones back to health, etc. Could work for: Contributing time/money to animal shelters, buying food for stray cats/dogs, animal care charities in general
- Despite her love for peace, silence and tranquillity, Fluttershy offered to keep an eye on three Cutie Mark Crusaders (three loud, hotheaded fillys), so that Rarity could focus on finishing a commission without the young ones bothering her. Could work for: babysitting, tutoring, etc
- Rarity (Ponyville’s tailor and fashion designer) offered to sew garments for each of her friends, so they could look their best at the Galloping Gala in the capital. Could work for: crafting a wearable item for a friend/family member/person you know directly.
- Applejack once expressed her wish to travel to Canterlot (the capital of Equestria, where the Princess lives) to sell her apples to the rich ponies there. With the money she planned to replace old Granny Smith’s hip. Could work for: donating money/items/time to elderly people, retirement houses, etc
- In The Muppets movie (2011), a greedy oil tycoon’s after the Muppet’s old theatre. A couple (human) Muppet fans help bringing the old cast together for a fundrising show to reclaim it (it’s kind of like Blues Brothers but with the Muppets, LOL) Could work for: Fundriser for the sake of an impoverished person/organisation, starring in/contributing to a fundrising show
House of Mouse
- Aladdin, after stealing a loaf of bread for himself, gives it to some homeless children. Could work for: food for the homeless.
- Sam’s dog- he named it Dog, i think?- that he takes to the vet. Jared himself does a lot for a dog’s Life Rescue. Could work for: animal-related charities.
- The episode Hunteri Heroici deals with people in an old folks’ home; specifically, the boys investigate robberies that lad them to the old folks’ home, and they do a good deed for an old hunting buddy of their dad’s. Could work for: seniors’ charities.
- The episode Something Wicked deals with a striga that is making children sick. Could work for:sick kids’ charities. (St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital comes to mind because of the Padalecki’s donation request when they were expecting Thomas).
- Castiel’s miraculous acts in s7 Ep 1 and S8 ep 10 (Torn and Frayed) where he heals a baby, could be considered random acts. Could work for: RAKs in general – or Random Acts, Misha’s non-profit!
- At the beginning of A Game of Thrones, the Starks adopt a litter of orphaned direwolf puppies.Could work for: animal adoption programs.
- In The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood gather the old band for a fundrising concert to save their old orphanage Could work for: same as the Fraggle suggestion, if you like this team better :-p
- Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables has been made into a musical, and the story starts with Valjean (a man “with a past”, as people would say) stealing silverware from the house of the good bishop who was sheltering him for the night. He is caught, but the bishop forgives him and even lies on his behalf, saying that he gave Valjean the silverware himself – Valjean repents and strives to become a better man following this episode. Could work for: donating time/money to charities working for the rehabilitation of people who have been in jail
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s protagonist proclaims himself “A Sweet Transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania.” He seduces both Brad and Janet, and although he doesn’t have altruistic reasons for that, he definitely “opens their minds” and teaches them something.Could work for: gay rights movements, etc (any orientation obviously, not just gay)
- Into the Woods, (even though she eats it all before she gets there) Little Red Riding Hood going into the woods to take care of her sick grandmother, and later on, giving the Baker her hood which he needs to help break the curse of not having a child. Could work for: taking care of the elderly, or donating to fertility research/services.
Knitters of the Round Table
- St Martin of Tours (316 – 397) was a Roman soldier before he became a Christian. Many conversions and miracles are attributed to him, but the best-known story about him says that he once met a beggar who was shivering from the cold and gave him half of his military cloak. That night he had a dream of Jesus wrapped up in the half-cloak, telling his angels how this guy who didn’t even know him, used him kindness nevetheless. Martin converted then, and left the army because he didn’t want to kill any more. Could work for: donating clothes, blankets etc to the homeless, or homeless-oriented charities in general (Red Cross etc)
- In Ovid’s Metamorphoses we read about Zeus and Hermes wandering the mortal realm disguised as pilgrims. The only ones who gave them hospitality were Philemon and Baucis, an old couple; they were poor yet shared what little they had to eat with their guests. The two gods revealed themselves then, and would grant them any wish – but the two only asked to be allowed to die together. German mythology has a very similar story, only the god posing as a wanderer was Wodan (Odin) Could work for: contributing time/money to homeless shelters etc
- Little Red Riding Hood, venturing into the woods to bring food to her Granny. Could work for:doing commissions on behalf of old/ill/disabled people
- St Nicholas (270-343) was the bishop of Bari, in Southern Italy. He’s the historical figure behind Santa Claus; you will often see pictures of him holding three golden balls. That’s because he once heard of 3 girls who couldn’t be married because their father was so poor, he couldn’t give them a dowry (another version says the father was so desperate, he was going to sell them into prostitution… but really, back then this was the only viable option for an unmarried woman anyway, so they’d probably have ended up that way after their father’s death). Nicholas secretly entered the house from the chimney, and left a bag of gold for each girl (the golden balls represent that). Funny thing is, because of this exploit he’s now the patron of unmarried girls, chimney sweepers, and thieves – it’s true! Could work for:contributing to organizations devoted to helping ex prostitutes etc
- Saints Cosmas and Damian (died ca. 287) were brothers, and healers both of them. They assisted patients for free, and operated miraculous healings. Once Damian accepted three eggs as “payment” from a woman they had saved, and Cosmas never forgave him for this, non even as they both died as martyrs – it was only by divine intervention that it was revealed that Damian had taken the eggs only so as not to hurt the woman’s feelings, and the two saints were buried side by side. Could work for: hospitals, healing-related charities (like Doctors without borders), substaining research
- The Frog Prince, getting the princess’ golden ball which she dropped down the well, and she, in turn, giving him food and shelter at her palace for the night. Could work for: donating toys to children in need, or helping the homeless shelter wise or food wise – or adopting a pet!
- St. Francis gave away his possessions to people in need, choosing to embrace poverty like Jesus did. Prince Siddartha did likewise, as the sight of a beggar, a sick man and a funeral procession caused him to find enlightment and to live like a buddha. Could work for: pretty much any donation to the poor.
- Both Bilbo And Frodo get a chance to kill Gollum while invisible (wearing the Ring), but they both choose not to. Gandalf’s comment on this goes, “It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. And some that died deserve life. Can you give it to them Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.” Could work for: Organizations campaigning against death penalty
- In Babylon 5, there is a species which has been attacked by a plague which has frightened off all the others on the station but Delenn, a member of the religious cast, goes in to comfort the sick and dieing even though no one knows if this plague may jump species. While she is tending them she forms an attachment to a little girl who is one of the last to die. Could work for: medical donations, blankets and comfort items and maybe kids items.
- There’s an episode of White Collar called Vital Signs that deals with an organization similar to Doctors Without Borders. Peter and Neal uncover fraudulent practices in the organization, especially because they seem to be targeting June’s – Neal’s landlady- granddaughter. Could work for: DWB etc
- Robin Hood, d’oh! Could work for: donating to the poor (without the stealing part ofc!). Also, in some countries you can devolve part of your taxes to a charity of your choice, which would be rather appropriate here…
- The anime Tiger Mask is about a pro wrestler who donates all the money he gets from winning matches to the orphanage where he grew up himself. Could work for: supporting orphanages etc.
- In Kuroshitsuji (an anime set in a fantasy version of Victorian England) Ciel buys an orange from a poor girl selling fruit (or rather, he orders his butler to do so, since he’s an Earl and can’t be bothered LOL). Could work for: buying stuff from street vendors
- In Miyazaki’s Mononoke-hime there’s a war between the forest animals/gods and the villagers, but Ashitaka tries to help them solve their differences. Also Lady Eboshi’s factory employs women, allowing them to learn a job and earn their money. Could work for: anything about preserving nature, or promoting peaceful cooperation between cultures etc. Also, women occupation, or teaching jobs to Third World populations, buing from Fair Trade, etc.
- In Howl’s Moving Castle, Sophie carries the old witch up the steps of the palace. She feeds and cares for her even though she’s evil. Could work for: helping the elderly/infirm
- In My Neighbour Totoro, Totoro helps Mei and Satsuki to grow a garden. Also, Satsuki gives Totoro her umbrella, and Kanta gives her his afterwards. Could work for: Charities that are about replanting forests etc. Crafting for a friend or family member.
- In the same film Mei takes her ill mother, who’s in a hospital, a corncob to make her better.Could work for: Donations to hospitals.
- In Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaä saves some giant bugs, and her people at the same time. Could work for: nature- or animals-oriented charities
- In Ponyo, little Sosuke saves Brunhilde/Ponyo the fish/girl when she gets stranded and almost chokes. Could work for: Marine life reservation charities.
- In the Canadian children’s series “Calliou”, Dad and Grandpa are among many volunteers building a house for a family. They don’t mention Habitat for Humanity but it’s a given.
- In an episode of Murdoch Mysteries, Dr. Ogden loans a book to a street urchin. Could work for: book donations, supporting libraries, literacy-oriented efforts
- Garcia runs a support group for families who are victims of crimes. Could work for: victim services type agencies.
That’s What She Said
UU (for the other teams’ sake):
- Lady Sybil Ramkin is a passionate swamp dragon breeder. She wrote a treatise about the illnesses that affect them, and donates regularly to the Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons.Could work for: any animal-related donation.
- A young and naive monk, Brutha shared what little water he found in the desert with Inquisitor Vorbis, even though he knew him to be evil. Could work for: water-related charities (digging wells in Africa etc).
- Mrs Pleasant let passerbys take a bowl of her famous gumbo. Could work for: food collections etc.
- “Bill Door” (actually Death in disguise) rescued a little girl from a burning house. Could work for: Donating to firefighters, disaster survivors etc.
- Death/Bill Door donated some of his lifetime (limited, since he was in human form) to the very same girl. His landlady, Mrs Flitworth – knowing full well who he really was – gave him some of the time she had left later on. Could work for: blood/organs donation (bit of a stretch admittedly, but still…)
- Witches make remedies out of herbs etc, and help women delivering kids. Granny Weatherwax once acted midwife even for a female troll. Could work for: charities assisting pregnant women/new mothers in need
- Both Vimes (in Snuff) and the pie maker (in Unseen Academicals) are kind to people who are “different”. Could work for: efforts against racism/prejudice
What Happened Was
- Some charities have been around for quite a while, so quoting their history directly could work…