A project at Union Station in Los Angeles is betting on the kindness and honesty of strangers.
A board recently installed on the historic station’s concourse advises passers-by to “Give what you can, take what you need.” Visitors have been using thumbtacks to post dollar bills to the board, and those in need have been taking them.
“People of all genders, races, and socio-economic backgrounds gave and took,” Tyler Bridges of organizer The Toolbox told The Huffington Post. “We even had a bride, in her wedding dress come up to the board and take a few dollars.”
And it’s not just a dollar here, a dollar there. People have been leaving $5, $10, even $20 bills.
“What I can say for the folks that gave the most, is that they were full of smiles,” Bridges said. “There’s a certain feeling that giving can do for you and that was definitely apparent in those that gave the most.”
Bridges said the goal of the project was to show generosity and compassion and that he hopes other people see what The Toolbox did in Los Angeles and port it to other cities.