I am always amazed by the acts of kindness I see that pop up out of nowhere.
Recently, I was walking down the street with my sister when we noticed something strange. A man stood beside his parked car with his hood up and booster cables hooked up to his battery. My first natural thought was that he was waiting for a friend or a roadside assistance service to come give him a boost.
As cars passed by and he waggled the cables at the drivers I realized he was hoping for a good Samaritan to stop and help. It didn't take long. While I watched, an SUV stopped then pulled forward onto a side street, reversed and turned around until his and the stranger's car were nose to nose. It was a busy corner and the turn tricky, but he pulled it off to help out a stranger. I was impressed!
So many people are in a rush these days to get where they need to go, so it was wonderful to see a man take a few minutes out of his day to help someone he didn't know.
This happened in my hometown of Toronto. I've heard it said many times that this is a cold city and yet, I see these kinds of things happening regularly.
A short while ago, an elderly woman fell down on a busy street near where I live and you should have seen how many people stopped to help her and then stayed with her to wait for the ambulance.
A taxi driver made an impression while the PanAm games were on in the city. A young athlete left her wallet in his car after paying her fare. He was a distance away before he realized what she had done and, instead of dropping it off at a police station, drove all the way back to the athlete's village to try to find her. He did and the story had a happy ending.
Have you witnessed any acts of kindness that really stood out for you?