After the 9/11 attacks, the airspace over the United States was closed which meant that dozens of planes were diverted to other airports to land. A total of 38 planes with 6,000+ passengers were ordered to land in Gander, Newfoundland, a tiny city of about 10,000 people. How the residents of Gander handled these thousands of visitors is so heartwarming. They turned on their hospitality and invited strangers into their homes, offered food, showers, toiletries, clothes, hugs, and internet access.
If you’re feeling discouraged about the goodness of people, consider checking out this book.