Good Samaritan Pays Fares

By KBJR News 1

November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 7:47 PM CDT

Duluth/Superior (Northlands NewsCenter) -- The holidays are upon us and the spirit of giving is already in full swing in the Northland. An anonymous good Samaritan is paying it forward today.

It's the time of year when we do what we can to help others, especially those who've fallen on misfortune. A man from Duluth recently came upon some good fortune. After losing his wallet for a spell, it made it's way back to him with everything accounted for.

"It came to him in the mail and everything was there and so he said he was just overjoyed obviously that his wallet came back like that and he decided what the heck, let me pay it forward so to speak."

Pay it forward, by helping others in an equally unexpected way. Jim Heilig at the Duluth Transit Administration assisted the man in guiding his aspirations to give.

As some people were waiting in the cold this morning to get onto one of the DTA bus routes, They were delighted to see that their fare was completely taken care of.

"Usually I swipe my card usually but today I didn't have to because some rider anonymously must have donated enough money for everyone to ride free today. that was really kind of them to do that."

Rides weren't free to everyone who rode the bus, just the passengers on Route 16 back and forth from Itasca. But the good heart of a mystery Duluth man left some confused this morning.

"I had to search for coins at home and I had it ready and I just couldn't see where to put it in then I was told it was a free ride."

Micheline Bayiha believes the good deed will also make her next ride that much easier.

"This was a good surprise. That means I don't have to search for coins when I get home tonight. I'll use the same."

The gift paid for roughly 60 riders. The anonymous giver hopes people will see the benefits of riding the bus and helping a stranger when you can.

If they see this I'd like to thank them and I appreciate what they did for all of us.

The same route leaving Duluth towards Itasca left this afternoon around 4:50 and was also paid for.

Jordan Weinand
jweinand@northlandsnewscenter.com