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On Monday, a rented van driven by one man purposely jumped the sidewalk at Yonge and Finch in Toronto and hit several pedestrians. The tragic event has so far left 10 people dead and 15 in hospital with serious injuries. As those involved in the horrific ordeal and the rest of the country continue to mourn, we look for solace in actions that reinstate the values of Canada as a welcoming and loving place to all.

In 1983 during a special titled Mister Rogers Talks With Parents, everyone’s favourite neighbour gave one of his greatest quotes when he spoke to parents about what to tell their children when inexplicable tragedies occur. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world,” said Rogers. As we continue to mourn those lost on Monday, we also look for the helpers.

In the wake of Monday’s tragedy, there have been shining moments of human kindness shared on social media. One couple handed out water to people who were re-routed in the wake of the investigation.


Another woman tweeted in hopes of finding the kind stranger who pulled her mother out of harm’s way.

Medical personnel who were off duty quickly offered their assistance.


This police officer wanted to share something positive during a week of sorrow.


A man invited his delivery driver in so they could watch the news together after the delivery driver had passed by the horrific scene at Yonge and Finch.


Some people offered their homes to those who could not get to their condos and apartments in the Yonge and Finch area.


With many people looking for ways to help, blood donations have been at the top of the list.


A makeshift memorial has been erected to honour those who died on Monday.


A somber cartoon by Michael de Adder was published on Tuesday as a reminder for Canadians to come together during times of need.

The TTC streetcar driver who made sure everyone got home safely.

The teacher who took solace in knowing that her young students wanted to help those in need.

The woman who shared that blood donations are full thanks to volunteers hoping to help Monday’s victims.

The person who bought coffee for strangers just to make everyone’s day a little better.

The strangers who struck up a conversation on the sidewalk.

The strangers who struck up a conversation on the subway.

The store that is giving away free flowers.

And of course, to all the helpers.

Many celebrities and organizations from Canada and around the world also took to social media to send their love and condolences to Toronto and all those involved in Monday’s deadly event.

As Toronto and Canada try to rebuild after Monday’s devastating events, it’s important to take note of the support and outpouring of love from neighbours. If you or someone you know need to talk after these tragic events, there are many ways to get help. You can call the Toronto Distress Centre: 416-408-4357 or search for trauma resources online.