This is a pretty cool story. My first thought was, "People really do care." My second thought was, "Too bad they don't share the same empathy for each other as they do for an anthropomorphized object." Seriously, isn't this how the God thing gets started?
Anyway, I wish a Tweenbot would come here. Check it out; you can e-mail the creator about future projects. (Yeah, see that? The Creator.)