Being a long distance hiker, I've experienced some truly exceptional kindness from strangers. There are multiple people who maintain extra HOUSES for hikers to use for free. In terms of monetary sacrifice, it doesn't get much more incredible than that.
In other spots, acts like picking me up, dropping me off, cooking me meals, doing my laundry, giving me gifts, money, love, water, sodas, beer,... The act of trail angelling is remarkable. Trail Angels have driven people thousands of miles and put hikers up for months. It's remarkable.
This thread has inspired me to go look through my photos of trail magic. Thanks.
A shoutout to Tin Man, owner of AntiGravityGear.com We ran into him in the Winds this summer. In a quick minute, he'd decided to send us care packages to help us on our way. Thanks for the stoves, wind screens, fuel bottles, and food! I'd buy from him in a heart beat. Nice guy!
Tinman, an angel of a dude.