Stuck in Florida during Hurricane Irma, Kristen Bell gave back in a big way.

Kristen Bell was in Florida filming her new Netflix series, "Like Father," when Hurricane Irma came to town.

On Instagram, Bell jokingly called the storm a "nasty bitch" as she and her crew prepared to evacuate. Unfortunately, things didn't go exactly as planned.

"We didn't have the option to leave, so here we are," she wrote on Instagram. "Just doing our best and trying to stay positive but cautious."

Hunkered down at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Bell got to work helping out family, friends, and complete strangers ahead of the storm.  

Her "Frozen" co-star Josh Gad posted a thank-you to Bell, who was able to help his parents and extended family secure rooms at her hotel. Gad wrote on Instagram that she "literally saved my parents and my entire family tonight from Hurricane Irma."

Similarly, Bell came through for actress Jennifer Carpenter's aunt and grandma.

On Friday night, Bell made her way over to Orlando's Meadow Woods Middle School for a little sing-a-long with people there taking shelter.

Back at the hotel, a group of seniors from downstate had been evacuated to the hotel, and Bell was ready to make some new friends.

Bingo, hugging, more singing, and hallway wheelchair races kept the crowd entertained.

Bell made the best of a bad situation and used her personal celebrity to help and comfort others.

"It’s sort of sad that it takes a natural disaster to bring out the best in people, but that’s really, truly what I’ve seen," said Bell during an interview with Good Day Sacramento. "Everyone is helping everyone here."

Whether talking about the response to Harvey and its aftermath or the ongoing efforts to help those affected by Irma, it really is remarkable to see humanity living up to its best, showing us the potential and power of empathy.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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