A story out of Cape Town, South Africa demonstrates that even a small act of unexpected kindness and compassion can reap enormous compassion in return.

On a recent day, 21-year-old Monet van Deventer stopped at a Shell gas station on her way to work. As the station attendant was preparing to fill the tank, she discovered that she had left her bank cards at home and had no way to pay for fuel. She then told the station attendant, 28-year-old Nkosikho Mbele, that she’d chance it without filling up.

Knowing that the neighborhood through which Monet would have to drive was “dangerous,” Nkosikho pulled out his wallet and paid to fuel Monet’s vehicle.

As Monet later wrote, “I was so shocked as it was such an amazing gesture and it made my day. I decided to make his kindness public and took to Facebook and then set up a crowdfunding page for him.”

The crowdfunding initiative caught the hearts of many (most humans have good empathetic hearts and when given a pathway, we show up in droves) resulting in more than £26,600 (U.S. equivalent=$33,337).

“I couldn’t imagine people of South Africa both black and white would embrace his kindness in such a way and now Nkosikho has closed the account as he says he has too much money,” wrote Monet.

For his part, Nkosikho said, “I know how dangerous that stretch of the N2 is…and my faith in God told me that it was the right thing to pay for her to travel safely so I bought her fuel for her. I was just happy to see her drive away knowing she would arrive where she had to get to safely and I had no idea that I would have my life so blessed in return for what I did.”

Make sure to watch the video that’s imbedded in the story here.

When Nkosihko’s employer, Shell Oil, heard about its team member’s good deed, it matched the donations he received with the condition that he give the Shell money to a charity of his choosing.

While this story is wonderful in its own right, what’s truly remarkable is that it bridges the color barrier in South Africa, a county with a long past history of racial intolerance. The story also makes me think that South Africa’s work in the late 1990s toward truth and reconciliation over its horrific racial past may have paid off here.

All great stuff if you ask me. Just because a human was willing to care for a stranger.