As 2017 comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back on some of the top headlines (videos, slideshows, etc) in the Greater Houston area. From the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to the Astros magical World Series championship, 2017 has been a year we will never forget.

Here are the top 11 heartwarming stories from this year on

  1. 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan reveals baby's gender for wife of fallen soldier

The wife of a fallen Fort Bragg soldier was just six weeks pregnant when she found out she would never see her husband again. Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne members deployed to Afghanistan revealed the baby’s gender in a truly special way.

  1. Woman raises over $227,000 for homeless veteran who helped her

A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless veteran after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has now raised more than $227,000 for the good Samaritan.

  1. After husband's death, wife gives 'Boxes of Hope' to cancer patients

Stella Montalvo's story doesn't have a happy ending. But in each box in her Bishop Arts apartment there is plenty of hope.

  1. Family of fallen police sergeant allowed to keep his K-9 partner

The family of a police sergeant killed while off-duty has lost a close loved one, but gained another in turn.

  1. Cheerleaders mix up fire departments. What happens next is sweet.

A cookie mix-up turned into a sweet story, after a Texas Cheerleading group confused two fire departments.

  1. While hundreds walked by, two stopped and changed homeless man's life

The power of social media is impacting the life of a homeless man and his dog. The pair was walking to try to find food when they were spotted by some caring people.

  1. Cop uses lunch cooler to save 2 puppies left inside hot car

Two puppies recovered after a Rock Hill Police officer rescued them from a car in nearly 100-degree weather.

Photo via Billie Jean Shaw/NBC Charlotte.
  1. NC officers arrest mom for stealing food, then buy her $140 in groceries

Two Hillsborough police officers went out of their way to lend a helping hand to a mom after they arrested her for stealing.

  1. After a year, a rapper and an 81-year-old woman met over their Words With Friend-ship

A popular scramble app designed to challenge opponents to think of words against each other instead formed a year-long friendship between a rapper and an elderly woman on opposite sides of the country.

  1. This video of a man with special needs seeing Santa will make your day

A video of a 24-year-old from O’Fallon, Illinois will make your holiday season brighter.

  1. Secret Santa covers $49K in layaways at Walmart store

Customers at the New Jersey Walmart with items on layaway received an early Christmas gift of their own thanks to a Secret Santa.

The Walmart in Millville, N.J.