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16 Times Canadians Restored Our Faith In Humanity After The Paris Attacks

"You are loved, appreciated, and accepted."

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1. When, after a recent slew of attacks against Muslim-Canadians, people in Toronto ignited the #IllRideWithYou hashtag to offer support for those who felt unsafe commuting alone.

Dear Muslims of Toronto, #illridewithyou any day of the week. Canada loves you.

If you're feeling unsafe and want someone with #WhitePrivilege to ride with, #IllRideWithYou #TTC https://t.co/how9L9BM2T

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2. When a Muslim family that runs a local grocery store in Ottawa received a card from a customer who wrote they are "loved, appreciated and accepted."

Muslim owners of #Ottawa grocery store receive card of support from customer: https://t.co/cK8352jZ5H #ottnews

An excerpt from the card:

"I am only one person and I cannot change the world. But I thought, maybe if I do something I can do, even if small, it can help peace and love ... I love your store and I am happy you are part of my neighbourhood."

3. When Calgarians tried to make this little girl from Syria feel a little more at home.

Syrian families arrive in #yyc this little girl was handed a toy. @calgaryherald

4. When a little girl from Windsor started a campaign to collect winter clothing and food for Syrian refugees expected to arrive in Canada by the end of the year.

"Just seeing all the things that happened really just broke my heart," 8-year-old Devyn Nichols told CBC.

5. And she and her parents are reminding everyone that Project Hope Heals Hearts is not only beneficial to refugees, but to the entire community around them.

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6. When developers in British Columbia, like Daljit Thind, began offering their properties for refugees to live in.

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Thind, an immigrant himself, says he was always taught to "give back to the community, whatever you make."

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9. When three friends in Montreal literally stood together at a busy metro station to send a message against Islamophobia in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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“Muslims become a target for so many political parties and so many people,” one of the friends told BuzzFeed Canada. “Yes he’s Muslim. But we’re standing right next to him and he’s our best friend, so you have to accept that.”

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11. When a library in Halifax hosted a "hijab day" to educate non-Muslims in the community on the significance of the hijab.

Halifax library holds Hijab Day to confront misconceptions https://t.co/qGbXAhK1gm #cdnpoli #halifax

12. And others in Nova Scotia are organizing to help fund the anticipated 25,000 refugees coming to Canada this year. One woman and her group have raised $75,000.

Weekend Focus: Over 60 #NovaScotia groups ready to welcome Syrian refugees https://t.co/jw9DZKXbbK

13. A rabbi in Vancouver asked his congregation to offer donations to help sponsorship, and recieved $40,000 in a few days.

Vancouver's Temple Shalom raises $40,000 in only a few days to sponsor Syrian refugee family https://t.co/pBkS6YAJHY

A Montreal synagogue privately raised more than $90,000 to sponsor two families, and a synagogue in Toronto raised $30,000 to bring a family from Syria to Toronto.

14. When a woman in Winnipeg encouraged others to invite Muslims in the area in for tea as a vehicle to share stories and ideas.

Tea & talk, what better way to come together. Brilliant, Mary! Winnipeg woman inviting Muslim community in for tea https://t.co/MdZhECpXLS

15. When Refuge Winnipeg — a coalition formed by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities in the province — raised enough money to sponsor a Syrian family to Canada, and their young son was finally able to get a prosthetic leg to walk.

Omar was able to take his first steps in 4 years since he lost his leg in 2011 when a military vehicle ran over him in Syria.

16. When, after a story was shared of a Syrian family who had to leave behind their beloved piano, several citizens of Toronto came forward and offered theirs to the family.

Torontonians offer to replace piano left behind by fleeing Syrian family https://t.co/iPmu2kVzLt

The story first aired on Metro Morning. Several listeners reached out to CBC reporter Mary Wiens afterward to give the family their own pianos: "Hi Mary, I have a piano I can arrange to donate to the family you are profiling. Someone would need to move it. It is a lovely baby grand."

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