Actually it was two people. I was driving here in Brazil and ran out of gas. I went to the house where I rolled to a stop. I asked if she had a phone so I could call my husband. She didn't have a phone. I explained, in very bad Portuguese, that my car had run out of gas. She hailed down a passing cyclist and gave him a 2 liter Coke bottle that was in her yard. I gave him R$3 (About $1.50) to get gas. (I thought to myself, "I will never see him again"). The woman pulled up a rickety chair for me to sit on in her yard that was just sand with a few trees and plants. Her house, was adobe and one side had virtually collapsed and there was a piece of canvas where the wall should have been. I was offered a glass of water while I waited. I commented on her plants and the size of the lemons on her tree. They were huge. She started pulling some off for me to take home, and digging up plants in her garden for me to plant at my house.
The man on the bicycle returned with a Coke bottle full of gas and I gave him some money as a thank you. I left with a beach buggy full of plants and a warm feeling about the generosity of the local people here in Brazil.
I returned the following week with some plants from my garden and a box of chocolates for their family as a thank you.