For over a week now, people have been celebrating Pokemon Go and its extraorindary ability to inspire people to exercise and make friends. But Pokemon Go does a lot more than that! Players have used the app to make some incredibly kind gestures to their fellow humans. Here are our favorite stories people have posted online about their heart-warming experiences:
1. The London church, Saint George the Martyr, has embraced its Pokestop status and is warmly inviting passersby inside.
Redditor Sermoncle posted this photo of the church.
2. A 7 year old named Athen is selling homemade PokeGlos (Pokeballs that illuminate at night) to help players stay safe while hunting for Pokemon.
If you want to learn more about PokeGlo and Athen's other Pokemon Go gear ideas, go to PokeGlo.com
3. On the subreddit r/PokemonGo, samepersononline shared photos of a collection of Pokemon cards left by a generous stranger for other Pokemon Go players.
That's so nice, I even forgive this kind stranger for choosing Team Mystic.
4. The Newark Police Department hosted a Pokemon Go block party.
5. Redditor kdollabillz shared a photo of this tiny charmander that a stranger/fellow Pokemon Go player gave him when she saw that he was battling a gym.
6. Twitter user @ecospherics tweeted a picture catching Pikachu at his brother's grave, which features Pikachu art.
The translation of the tweets explain that his brother's favorite Pokemon was Pikachu.
「ピカチュウが大好きだった弟の墓にピカチュウがいた」-- レ⃣ト⃣リ⃣ー⃣@エ⃣コ⃣ー⃣ズ⃣ (@echospherics) July 11, 2016
7. Design company, Walker Designs, light this church red, blue or yellow based on whichever Pokemon team owns the gym.
The Chalmas church in Launceston, Tasmania has been the company's offices since 2011, and they decided the best way to participate in the new Pokemon Go craze was to turn their office into a visual tribute.
8. Redditor ImPhatty wrote a post thanking whichever Niantic user made his father's memorial plaque a Pokestop, saying that his dad would have loved Pokemon Go.
He also included the beautiful view from his dad's memorial bench.