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A Boston bus driver surprised passengers with an unscheduled stop — for lemonade.

After a lemon of a winter, a Boston bus driver enjoys some lemonade with his passengers.

A Boston bus driver surprised passengers with an unscheduled stop — for lemonade.

Depending on the day, "driving in Boston" sounds like either a joke or a horror film.

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But one MBTA bus driver found a way to make the summer heat a little more bearable for his passengers.

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During an afternoon lull on his daily bus route, driver John Lohan made an unscheduled stop at a local lemonade stand.

Lohan noticed a lemonade stand in the neighborhood of West Roxbury during his daily rounds along the 35 bus route. After a few trips back and forth, Lohan decided to make his move.

He waited for things to quiet down in the afternoon, when there were only six passengers on the bus, and he made sure that they were all in agreement before he made the stop.

“I said to them, 'If any of you are in a hurry or need to make a connection, I'll keep going,'" he told Boston.com. “I thought it would take 90 seconds, tops. ... I wait at red lights longer than that."

Of course, they went along with it. Wouldn't you?

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He treated all six passengers to a deliciously affordable beverage, then got right back on the road.

Not every bus driver can stop to buy lemonade for his passengers. But maybe if we found a better way to fund public transportation, we could worry less about getting where we need to go and enjoy a few more unscheduled pit stops along the way.

At the very least, maybe we could get some new trains that didn't fail in two separate record-breaking blizzards more than 30 years apart.

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It was a small gesture, but Mr. Lohan's generosity made more than a few people's days.

If nothing else, stories like this are a good reminder that the side-of-the-road lemonade stand industry is basically immune to inflation — despite the fact that Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the country.

“The lemonade only cost 50 cents and he bought seven of them. He gave us 10 dollars, so, he's awesome!" 14-year-old lemonade stand owner Erin Starkey told reporters from WBZ-TV.

"I was surprised by that," Lohan said. "Decades ago, it was 50 cents. ... It was the cheapest round, the least expensive round I ever sprung for."

Cheers to that, Mr. Lohan. Sláinte!

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.