This story of lost Syrian refugees in a Canadian train station is going viral.

August 4th, 2016  |  Source: Upworthy

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, 4.8 million Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere since 2011. 6.5 million people are still displaced in Syria. And Canada has resettled over 29,000 of those refugees since November 2015.

One such Syrian family was traveling in Ontario recently, on their way to stay with family members. The family of seven arrived at Toronto's Union Station with their five children — two of whom require strollers — many heavy bags and a plastic bag of cash that they hoped would get them through their journey.

Next began a series of interactions with around 50 Canadian good Samaritans.

Valerie Taylor, a psychiatrist at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, saw the family at Union Station, and a young woman was helping them with directions. They were lost. 

Taylor recounted her adventure in chaotic Canadian kindness in a Facebook post that's been shared over 28,000 times:

 As Taylor recounted to the CBC, she approached the group and asked, "Are you new here?"

One of the five kids, an 11-year-old boy who spoke English, said yes. It was through him that Taylor found out the family was from Syria and was trying to reach family in London, Ontario. 

Taylor said they helped the family purchase train tickets for what they thought was the right train.

Other people started to notice their large group too, according to Taylor's post. Folks stepped in to help the family carry bags. They helped find them seats on their new train. 

Basically, strangers offered this family some good old-fashioned human kindness. 

“No one had to be asked to help, no one had to think about the right thing to do. This is what you do.” 

Taylor said they helped the family purchase train tickets for what they thought was the right train.

Other people started to notice their large group too, according to Taylor's post. Folks stepped in to help the family carry bags. They helped find them seats on their new train. 

Basically, strangers offered this family some good old-fashioned human kindness. 

“No one had to be asked to help, no one had to think about the right thing to do. This is what you do.” 




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