During a tough news week (month? Year?) it's always a welcome relief to see kind people doing kind things. That's why, when we saw that reddit user Josh Ritter (Signal-7_10-4) -- who suffers from Von-Hippel Lindau syndrome, a rare genetic condition that predisposes individuals to tumors -- recently had "the best day of his life" via a set visit to "Parks and Recreation" and the Make-A-Wish foundation, we cried like Leslie Knope would cry if she spent a year on a desert island then returned to Pawnee and saw a stack of JJ's Diner waffles for the first time.
Below, enjoy some heartwarming behind-the-scenes photos and anecdotes from his visit (which apparently happened during last year's finale flash-forward, unless that's where they pick up in the premiere...), but be warned -- Larry was there.
With Pawnee Goddess Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)
"Going into it, I was prepared for the possibility of some actors just acting nice. Holy crap was I wrong. Amy Poehler was litt-rally one of the kindest and most loving people I've ever met. She just kept coming back for another conversation, hug, or picture. The selfie being taken in the picture I posted above as 'proof' was actually her phone. A lot of the actors actually took pictures or video. She made sure to get our contact information to send us stuff and check in every once in a while. She set us up with VIP tickets and meet-and-greet passes to see an improv show that night featuring some other NBC heavy hitters including Kenneth from '30 Rock' and AJ from 'The Office' (and P&R). I had no idea that an A-list celebrity like herself could be so sweet and kind. It blew us away."
With Cones Of Dunshire Guru Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) And His Cute Butt
"After the episode containing a Twizzlers/Red Vines debate, I had Adam Scott sign my Twizzlers."
With Leslie Knope, Take 2
"Amy made sure to take lots of selfies with her own phone. I'm still waiting for her to text them to me."
With Ron Effing Swanson (Nick Offerman)
"The manliest handshake I will ever be a part of. It still gives me chills."
With (Ugh) Larry And Councilman Jamm
"Jim O'Heir & Jon Glaser stopped by JUST to say hi! They stayed and chatted for over an hour."
With Local Entrepreneur Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari)
"Aziz is one of the coolest dudes. He also just stopped by to say hi, because he wasn't filming."
With That Free Wi-Fi Guy (Blake Anderson)
"Seeing Blake Anderson was a huge surprise! I'm a huge 'Workaholics' fan, so it was great to see him."
With Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, Ben Wyatt, And His Sister
"This is my favorite picture I have ever been a part of."
With His Family, Behind-The-Scenes
"If you enjoyed these pictures, you can go to www.wish.org to make things like this possible for more kids."