If hearing that a vulnerable 89-year-old woman was robbed in her driveway in broad daylight tugs at your heartstrings, you're not alone.
Some Canberrans were so disheartened when Braddon woman Palmira De Simone was traumatised by one thief's cowardly act a week ago that they raised $300 in an effort to give back what she lost.
What will likely pull those heartstrings even tighter was that Ms De Simone was too generous to accept the money, her son Franc said.
"Mum has always been a giver, ever since we were kids," he said.
"She goes and visits people at the nursing home, saying, 'I need to buy presents for them.'"
Ms De Simone, who lives with her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, strolled outside for some fresh air on the morning of Friday, April 29, when a "tall, thin man" startled her and allegedly dug through her handbag.
She froze in shock outside her Limestone Avenue home while the man, who police suspect was wearing a high-visibility T-shirt, stole her cash and ran off.
Canberran Logan Knight said he wondered what the world was coming to when he heard of the robbery.
Deeply moved, he and some friends raised $300 for Ms De Simone. But as appreciative as she was, she couldn't accept it.
So they gave some of the money to GG's flowers, a florist employing people with disabilities and run by 2016 ACT Young Australian of the Year Nipuni Wijewickrema. Ms Wijewickrema gave the flowers to Ms De Simone on Friday.
Ms De Simone requested the remaining cash go towards AFP Legacy, a charity which supports the families of AFP members who have passed away.
ACT Policing's David Copley said the charity was slightly embarrassed to accept the donation, but was glad the community could unite over a horrible incident.
"We approximately have 40 legatee children - which are children of AFP members who have died - and unfortunately that number is just going to grow," he said.
"I know the AFP legatee children are going to really appreciative this money that has come."
Ms De Simone, who speaks little English, smiled warmly when she was given two beautiful bunches of flowers from GG's flowers and AFP Legacy.
Understandably, she was still shaken from the crime.
But Franc said she was "deeply touched" by the community support.
"There is a sense of togetherness, that something bad like this comes something really positive, and that positive is that people want to come together," he said.
"And my mum is so grateful and privileged by all of the people out there that have those warm wishes."
Police urged anyone who saw suspicious activity along Limestone Avenue on Friday April 29 between 9am and 11am to contacting Crime Stoppers - anonymously if they wish - on 1800 333 000, or at act.crimestoppers.com.au.