05/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Random Act of Kindness: Give The Gift Of Cab Fare

Random acts of kindness happen in all shapes and sizes all around the world. On April 18th, the Montreal Gazette reported a particularly poignant story involving a woman at Saint Mary's Hospital who was undergoing tests for hip replacement. These tests required her to keep returning to the hospital, even though the walk to the Metro station was painful and taking a taxi was too expensive.

From the Gazette, the woman writes:

While paying for a magazine, I remarked that it was too bad I only had $20 on me, it surely wouldn't be enough to take me home to St. Laurent. I shuffled out of the store to wait for the bus, but I had gone about 10 meters when I felt someone tapping me on the shoulder. It was the young lady who ran the store that day. She handed me a $20 bill and said: "Take a taxi." I was so overwhelmed I cried.

Read the entire story here.


Difficult times have been known to bring communities together as people lean on one another for support. In this recession, there's no shortage of communities around the country that have rallied around a struggling neighbor, reached out a helping hand to those around them, or donated free dry cleaning to the job-seeking and unemployed. We know there are more stories like these and HuffPost wants to highlight them. If you read or hear about an act of kindness in your community, email us the story at goodnews@huffingtonpost.com.

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