Search results for random acts of kindness
Dec 14, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As my three friends and I were finishing lunch at the Red Lobster in Robinson on Nov. 7, a very lovely woman approached our table. She handed each of us a $25 Red Lobster gift card. As we said “thank-you,” I wondered if this was a restaurant promotion, and so I asked: “What’s the occasion?” Her answer, as she walked away, was “you’re beautiful.” The hostess, when asked, would only reveal that this thoughtful lady was a frequent customer. So to our mystery lady, we again say “thank you.”
Dec 14, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
My husband is 81 years old and is a 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran. The past several years have been very hard on him after having four major back surgeries — and with each, the pain seemed to get worse. He rarely smiles or is happy about anything lately. However, he recently came out of Home Depot on Ben Avon Heights Road driving its motorized scooter with a huge smile on his face. He was so happy and insisted I go in and see a big dog that was there. I hesitated, as I just wanted to drive
Dec 14, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
I wanted to get my car washed and I went to Sheetz in Moon. I was glad that there was not a car in line. I pulled up to the pay station and put in my credit card and the option screen was blank. After several unsuccessful attempts, I backed up to a turnaround. A car was behind me and proceeded to the pay station. I got out of my car and went to her car and asked if I could watch in case I had not followed the directions. She had the same problem and we decided the car
Dec 07, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
My many thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the kind person who spotted my wallet sitting at an ATM and handed it over to the Bellevue Police Department. Upon arriving in town on the morning I lost it, I realized I didn’t have time to go back to where I had left it — which led to a mini- panic when I got to work. I called everywhere I could think of, hoping it would be quickly turned in. My hopes and prayers were answered when a Bellevue police officer promptly called back after I made an earl
Dec 07, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
I would like to express my gratitude to the young father who was pushing a baby stroller on Reynolds Avenue in front of Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic the morning of Oct. 26. I was struggling — through tears — to take my darling cat out of my car after he suffered, without warning, a fatal medical event. The gentleman was so kind. He retrieved my purse from the car and put it on my arm and secured my car. He said how sorry he was. I hope I said thank you. I am saying it now. That young man h
Dec 06, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Someone saved my life — and I do not know who. I would like to express my gratitude. About 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, I got off the 71B bus on Fifth Avenue at Tennyson Street in Oakland. As I got to the pavement, I lost my balance and fell. Somebody reached down quickly and yanked me up onto the sidewalk. I thought, “Whoa, not so fast! I am an old person.” After I was up, he asked, “Are you OK?” And when I said yes, he was gone. Only days later did I realize that the bus driver could
Nov 30, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On a re­cent rainy eve­ning, I re­ceived a call from my 17-year-old daugh­ter who was driv­ing home from prac­tice. My heart raced when I heard the ur­gent tone of her voice. “Some­thing went wrong,” she said. She had skid­ded off a sharp curve near our house into a front yard, nar­rowly miss­ing trees and a build­ing. She was not hurt but very up­set and fright­ened. I jumped in the car to race over there. When I got there, she said a woman fol­low­ing be­hind her had stopped to see if sh
Nov 30, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
I was at the Kuhn’s mar­ket on Banks­ville Road on Satur­day, Oct. 27. I was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a chili cook-off at work and needed some last-minute in­gre­di­ents. While there, I wit­nessed a blind pa­tron be­ing as­sisted by a Kuhn’s em­ployee with her shop­ping. I know she was blind by the dark glasses and cane. She was push­ing the cart her­self but was guided by a store em­ployee. I thought to my­self, “Huh, that is some­thing that you do not see ev­ery day.” Mov­ing along, I wit­ness
Nov 30, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thank you to the per­son who found my for­got­ten pack­age un­der the buggy in the park­ing lot of the Tar­get store in Robin­son. I thought: “My loss, I won’t see that again.” The pack­age was taken to the ser­vice desk and I picked it up the next day. May what goes around come around for you, as well. JOANN NEFF Moon Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to page2@post-gazette.com, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 358 North Shore Drive, Suite 300, Pittsburg
Nov 15, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In early January, our 41-year-old son was found unresponsive by his 10-year-old daughter. She had the presence of mind to call 911 and to follow all of the operator’s directions. The operator stayed on the phone talking with her until the police and EMS arrived. The operator’s name is Paul Yuretich. A few days later, he wrote us the most beautiful and compassionate letter saying how sorry he was about our son’s death. He wanted to tell our granddaughter how proud he was of how she handled a tr
Oct 25, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As a senior, I’ve learned to think before I spend, but on the occasion of my brother’s birthday, it was well worth pulling out “all the stops” to get the best chocolate cake “from heaven” that I could possibly get. Having sampled these delicious cakes at the newly opened store in the area, Nothing Bundt Cake, I knew this would surely please. I ordered it several days ahead of time,and on the weekend went to pick it up, only to be told that a gentleman already had paid for the cake! I could
Oct 04, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As people who take careful note of where we have parked in any facility, my husband, the Rev. Robert Strobel, and I failed to do that Aug. 8 when we arrived for Robert’s early-morning appointment for outpatient surgery in the Shadyside Medical Building. When we were leaving, after some problem using the discount coupon in the payment machine — helped by another customer — we went to the garage. There we found the memory of where we parked was not working. At some point during the search, we di
Oct 11, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Last month, six of my friends and I decided to leave one day early for a golf weekend at Champion Lakes Golf Course, just outside of Ligonier. We arrived late Thursday evening and realized none of us made a reservation for the extra night stay, and the front office was closed for the evening. We decided to try calling the phone number to explain our situation and to our great surprise, Mr. Dick Groat answered the phone. Mr. Groat is the owner and founder of Champion Lakes. He could not have
Sep 20, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, at about 11 a.m., I went to the PNC Bank branch opposite Litchfield Towers on Fifth Avenue in Oakland to take out some cash and to make a change to the automatic debits from our family account. When I’d apparently finished with the ATM, I went into the bank, where to my horror and embarrassment I suddenly realized that I’d forgotten to take the $60 cash from the machine. Going back to the ATM, I found as I’d feared that the waiting notes already had disappeared. Resigned
Sep 13, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On the weekend of July 14, I was spending some time at my parents’ house. I was preparing food and had to take my rings off. I stuck them in the zippered part of my wallet, thinking nothing of it. When I got to work the following Tuesday morning, I quickly realized I wasn’t wearing them as I always do. I went to get them out of my wallet and one of them was missing. I was extremely distracted at work for the next two days while it was gone. This ring meant a lot to me. It was given
Sep 27, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
During the two days of the viewing for Paul Kehren Sr., dozens of his brother veterans from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans Inc. (VVI) gathered at Readshaw Funeral Home in Carrick. The main intent was to pay respects to him and console his family and surviving friends. Additionally, VVI members in their honor guard attire (combat uniform with combat boots and beret) stood vigil, two at a time in 15-minute increments, at Mr. Kehren’s casket throughout t
Aug 23, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Several weeks ago, my husband and I stopped at our local Eat’n Park in Shaler for breakfast. As we opened the doors, we were approached by two young ladies. They were so kind and nice and held both doors — which are heavy for us — to enter. We all went in to wait for a table and we began talking. I brought up the fact that my husband and I were very thankful, and we should write to the newspaper about their random act of kindness. We were seated and really enjoyed our breakfast. When the y
Sep 13, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and have always been proud to say so. I now live in England, and at the beginning of July while in Pittsburgh on vacation, my pride in my hometown was bursting. My husband and I were driving when another driver alerted us that we had a flat tire. Good Samaritan No 1. We drove to the nearest safe place to pull off, where we found no spare tire in the trunk of the rental car, but an emergency kit. We then asked two gentlemen if they knew how to use the repai
Aug 02, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Community shines in aftermath of flooding On June 20, torrential rain pummeled Bethel Park, other South Hills and surrounding communities. Some of this rain made its way to our finished family room. I wish to thank our neighbors Todd, Amy, Scott and Lynn, who helped me in many ways from procuring cleanup kits, groceries and other shopping, and giving me moral support. Todd was eager to assist me with moving heavy items and picking up carpet and padding. I wish to express my gratitude to D
Nov 05, 2018 / By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On Sunday in Squirrel Hill, it was both business as usual and a sign — make that many signs — of the times. Almost every shop along Forbes and Murray avenues displayed one or all three of the placards seen in the window of the Squirrel Hill Flower Shop at 1718 Murray. There was the “ Stronger Than Hate ” symbol that conquered the internet after a hate-filled rampage on Oct. 27 left 11 dead and six wounded at Tree of Life synagogue. Another prevalent sign in shop windows read, “NO PLACE FOR
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