The Huffington Post - Valerie Taylor's usual commute home sent her on an unexpected detour powered by a collective act of kindness.
Taylor, a Toronto-based psychiatrist, was commuting out of the city on GO Transit during rush hour when she was met a family of seven who had just arrived from Syria four months ago, she writes in a now-viral Facebook post published Wednesday.
The oldest child, an 11-year-old was the only one who could speak English, so he was looking for help finding their way to travel to family outside of Toronto.
"They had two baby strollers and three other kids and heavy bags so I helped them get to the train," Taylor writes. "But other random strangers picked up strollers and bags to help them up the stairs as well."
Taylor wrote that everyone around her sprang into action. She passed her stop to help with the situation, another passenger called a friend who spoke Arabic to help translate, and others pooled money to help cover the family's ticket costs.
"... That's what we do in Canada. We help," the doctor said on Facebook.