Topic: the kindness of strangers

'The work of angels': Woman reunites with cop who rescued her from the streets 13 years ago

Krisi Ferris was addicted, homeless and wandering in the rain when RCMP Staff Sgt. Brent Elwood saw her on the streets of Vancouver and gave her what she needed to get her life back on track.
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The kindness of strangers: Lost and separated on the Paris Métro after 40 years of marriage

This week's story comes from Marion O’Byrne of Vancouver, who was separated from her husband on the Paris Métro and was able to rendezvous with him after strangers came to their rescue.
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The kindness of strangers: Volunteers use app to provide a helpful pair of eyes to those who are blind

This week's story is about the little things that make life just a little easier. Reed Poynter, who lives in Langley, B.C., is completely blind, and sometimes he needs help finding his keys or completing small tasks. 
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The kindness of strangers: Helping a family that was robbed while on vacation

Jane Burnes and her brother were travelling to the UK with their mother for her 90th birthday when everything went wrong. 
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The kindness of strangers: Pulling young children out of van crushed in windstorm

This week's story took place nearly four years ago on the North Shore when Grant Chang was driving with his children on a particularly windy day.
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The kindness of strangers: attaché on first assignment rescued after South Africa car accident

This week's story comes from Nicole Davison, the British Consul-General in Vancouver, while she was in South Africa as an attaché at the British Embassy in the early 1990s.
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The kindness of strangers: two injured, desperate hitchhikers need a ride to hospital

This week's story takes place 30 years ago, when Andy Clark and his friend Margot were driving across Canada. They decided to stop for a bit of skiing in the Rockies — with some unexpected consequences.
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The kindness of strangers: two wedding rings mysteriously switched on St. Patrick's Day

This week's story is a fairy tale out of East Vancouver. It took place six years ago at the annual St. Patrick's Day Pogues Tribute, shortly after Karen and Brian Campbell were married.
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The kindness of strangers: return of a stolen wallet on the Granville Strip

This week's story takes place on Vancouver’s Granville Strip one weekend in 2005. Chelsea Newcombe was a UBC student at the time and had just moved to the city from Duncan a few months earlier.
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The kindness of strangers: the small act that helped a family whose baby was airlifted to hospital

This week's story takes place 16 years ago when Sophia Mack was navigating the medical system with her husband and infant daughter, who was born with several health issues.
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The kindness of strangers: shopping for funeral flowers and learning to be open

This week's story takes place 16 years ago, when Pat Penner was preparing for her mother’s funeral.
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The kindness of strangers: A triathlon, cherished earrings and a jewelry clerk with a special name

This week's instalment took place last year, when Gillian Hurtig was training for a triathlon to commemorate her mother.
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The kindness of strangers: Pulling up at the right motel saved a long-awaited canoe trip

This week's story begins when Raymond Desjardins’ car broke down on his way to a five-day canoe trip in Bowron Lake Provincial Park.
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The kindness of strangers: Lessons from leather-clad motorcyclists who stopped to change flat tire

This week's story takes place in Ontario in the late 1950s, when Pauline Buck was driving to her family’s summer cabin as a child.
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The kindness of strangers: Compassionate cop helps family driving without insurance

This week's story begins when Ruth and David Ward’s family holiday in the 1990s was almost ruined before it had even started.
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The kindness of strangers: Endlessly generous airport rescue restores 'faith in humankind'

My husband, two sons and I were returning home from a family holiday in Barbados when we met you. This was 40 years ago but the encounter has stayed with our family ever since.
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The kindness of strangers: A mysterious doctor revives man's wife on Paris street and vanishes

Dear stranger, we met briefly in 2012 in Paris, in a life-changing, life-saving encounter.
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The kindness of strangers: Card from terminally ill patient to medical student kept for 14 years

I met you at St . Paul’s Hospital in 2004, when I was a third year medical student just starting my clinical rotations.
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The kindness of strangers: 2 remarkable acts help granddaughter get to Germany

I was in my early 20s and my grandmother, living on the other side of the world in Germany, was not in good health. Two remarkable acts of kindness meant I was able to see my grandmother one last time and make it to my grandfather’s funeral.
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The kindness of strangers: A no-strings-attached offer on a lonely flight to Vancouver

I met you on an airplane 17 years ago, right as I was embarking on a move to Vancouver from Australia. I had just said goodbye to my whole family at the Sydney airport. The last thing I saw was my dad; the look on his face showed how upset he was that I was leaving.
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The kindness of strangers: Courage, cancer and a chance encounter at the gas station

I met you at a gas station in September 2015. A few months earlier, in June, I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was going through the typical course of treatment: surgery, then chemotherapy and then radiation.