In today's world, it can seem that the internet does more harm than good. Twitter can be a dark place, filled with fighting and trolls. Which is why, when something good comes from it, it's all the more exciting.
One such story came to our attention this weekend, as @_themayan_ shared a truly amazing (and heartwarming) story. Trapped in an emergency situation in Sierra Lione, her mother was forced to rely on the kindness of strangers in order to save her daughter's life. A total stranger stepped in to help fly the 5-year-old back to the USA.
10 years later, the girl tells her story to a shocked Twitter. And what happened next will melt your heart.
This is Maya.
via: TwitterPictured aged around 5, when this story went down, fifteen years ago.
She shared her amazing story on Twitter.
It was a life & death type situation so my mom had to get me out but she couldn’t come with me so she had to find s… https://t.co/BLyNnLFEDt— maya (@maya)1544668516.0
Let us set the scene for you.
via: Getty ImagesIt all started with Maya and her mother planning a return to Sierra Leone, her mother's home country.
But the trip took a turn.
via: Getty ImagesMaya suffered a medical emergency and needed to return to the States. Her mother was unable to travel with her, and was desperately searching the airport for anyone who chould help.
Maya recalls her intense upset during the panic.
The mystery of this man's identity has stayed with Maya.
My mom emailed him & this man remembered everything 😭 he said he never forgot about me or the songs he was tryna si… https://t.co/eFe2PvvJn7— maya (@maya)1544669799.0
No, not Obama. But it was a man who worked in the Obama administration.
via: Getty ImagesHis identity was revealed to be Tom Periello, a democratic politician.
Here he is with Obama in 2019.
via: Getty ImagesFormer Virgina congressman Periello also directs the Open Society Foundation.
He'd taken care of Maya and delivered her to her grandmother.
via: Getty ImagesAfter Maya reached out, he confirmed his identity and even filled in details of the trip she had completely forgotten.
He was as blown away as Maya to be found.
One of the craziest experiences of my entire life is now a Twitter thread - and I could not be happier to know you… https://t.co/LZrO7ZoQqP— Tom Perriello (@Tom Perriello)1544757079.0
Maya reached out to share her gratitude.
Thank you so much ❤️! God bless you ❤️ https://t.co/ZkcOtwUy7V— maya (@maya)1544759454.0
Understandably, Twitter was blown away by this incredible story.
@tomperriello @_themayan_ Oh my god she found you. ❤️ I love this story.— Andrea Purse (@Andrea Purse)1544759213.0
People were quick to point out how generous Periello must be.
BIG FACTS https://t.co/0C3gOqSvUe— maya (@maya)1544760162.0
Maya is now 20 years old.
https://t.co/pMG8tpQ7F2— maya (@maya)1544897522.0
This story really got us in the feels.We're so happy that these two managed to find each other again, after all this time.
Especially when the vast majority of political Twitter news is something like this.Hardly as extraordinary and heartwarming as Periello's story.
Let's celebrate these heroes of politics.Geneoristy, kindness and care for others really does go a long way. And elsewhere on Twitter, people are reaching out to find long lost friends.
One girl asked for help locating a friend.
Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so… https://t.co/bSAMegv0zJ— B (@B)1543050461.0
Twitter spread the word.
@briannacry Heard you were looking for me~ https://t.co/Dz4z1wapRv— heidi (@heidi)1543091114.0
One Twitter user presented a hilariously photoshopped image.In it, she claimed to have met Michael B Jordan while on holiday, but lost touch soon after.
Unbelievably, her plan worked!
Ms Steal Your Man. Case closed. https://t.co/tqNe6P9aA6— Bolu Babalola (@Bolu Babalola)1543441037.0
Suddenly, all of Twitter was in on the action.
Hey twitter, my sister and I met this girl when we went to DC in 2013. We were basically best friends for the day.… https://t.co/FrwFJ8wZFx— becca 🤟🏻🧏🏼♀️🦻🏻 (@becca 🤟🏻🧏🏼♀️🦻🏻)1543196359.0
Including my personal favorite.
Hey twitter. I met this boy this year but unfortunately I never saw him again and don’t have his number. Please rt… https://t.co/VkisxfQtXp— smol boi zaa (@smol boi zaa)1543214737.0
We're totally here for this trend.Not only is it hilarious, but it helps make the internet into more of a force for good.
But let's not forget the emotional stories.While using Twitter to meet celebrities is fun, we're even more thrilled when people make genuine emotional connections.
The internet is making the world a smaller place.And the fact that it can bring people together who would otherwise have never been able to find one another is a truly magical thing.
In a world where bad news seems to be the norm, it's great to see love spread.
via: ShutterstockSure, there are drawbacks to social media. But stories like this remind us that it's all really worthwhile.
Reaching out can make the world a better place.
via: ShutterstockIf you have a similar story, why not try to find your long-lost connection online?
And let's all just try our best to ignore this guy.
via: Getty ImagesMake Twitter great again!
And let's not forget about our original pairing.
I’m here for it ! https://t.co/dRR61xN7BE— maya (@maya)1544815142.0