Search results for random acts of kindness
Aug 18, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The accident even helped his jump shot I’m coming home on a Tuesday morning and stop at a four-way stop intersection. When it’s my turn I ease into the intersection when from my right comes a car blowing right through the stop sign, not braking at all. WHAM! Crushes my passenger side and turns my car 90 degrees off course. I think I’m OK other than some cuts on my arm, and the other driver gets out and appears to be OK, and he apologizes profusely…didn’t see the stop. We’re both fairly stun
Aug 10, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Landing in the right place for help My Mom and I left a funeral luncheon and were driving in Monessen when my rear tire made a terrible noise. Pulling off the road at a Westmoreland County landfill, we called AAA. While we waited for the tow truck, a landfill employee walked over to us after her shift ended. She assessed the situation, determined what parts would be needed for repair and drove off in her car to buy them. As Tom, the AAA tow truck driver, arrived, the woman was returning wit
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I ride a three-wheeled motorized scooter because I have multiple sclerosis. At about noontime on March 3, I left the Aldi store on Baum Boulevard riding down the sidewalk. When I got to Graham Street I needed to pull onto the curb cut. It was a tight turn so I had to back up eight inches to drive onto the curb cut safely. When I backed up I bumped into a large stone boulder jutting out at the sidewalk from a new building, and my scooter immediately fell onto its left side, leaving me and the sco
Jun 15, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A beautiful heart On a Tuesday around 10:20 a.m., having just left the Hillman Cancer Center, I was stopped at the light at S. Negley and Centre. Out of nowhere, a tall, dark-haired man crossed in front of my vehicle carrying a black tote bag that was cinched at the top. He walked over to the side of the building where a man in a t-shirt stood on very shaky legs, wearing the bottoms of disposable doctor’s scrubs, the waist bunched at the back as the pants were many times too large. Beside him
Jul 27, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A moving experience Our daughter celebrated her 30th birthday on June 30 and spent the weekend in Philadelphia with friends. As a birthday surprise, my husband and I decided to deliver a beautiful leather sofa and two chairs with ottomans that my brother was “donating” to her townhouse in Squirrel Hill. This involved us driving from Wexford to Fox Chapel to pick up the furniture at my brother’s, load it into our pickup truck, drive it to Squirrel Hill and then carry everything up the steps fr
Apr 20, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Veterinary hospital shows patience and understanding As an individual who practices random acts of kindness, I was recently on the receiving end of a most generous and compassionate one. My dog, Biddy, died suddenly and unexpectedly during surgery on March 20. The staff at Moon Veterinary Hospital had to deal with my friend and I who were both devastated and on the edge of hysteria. The patience, caring, and understanding of the veterinarians, Dr. Tracy White and Dr. Erin Watchey, the technic
Jun 01, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wonderful neighbors How wonderful it is to have great neighbors. There are few things worse than misplacing a dog. Realizing you’ve done something not too bright – leaving the gate open - you might set off in a panic to find your beloved pet. Hopefully, you might come across a helpful group of police officers who suggest calling 911, who might calmly excuse your rude manners, talking on your phone while simultaneously asking questions of your neighbors. And you’d have one great neighbor
Mar 02, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It was our last day of Christmas vacation, and my children were so excited to take their Nana to the National Aviary. My mother was thrilled to see the Penguin Encounter. We laughed when we witnessed the penguins kissing each other, and we enjoyed how close we were with them. As we walked to the Tropical Rainforest exhibit, I heard a loud thump, turned around and saw my mother lying on the ground. I shouted her name over and over again. I screamed, “Call 911.” I am forever grateful to the men
Apr 06, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Fond memories made even sweeter Several months after my husband died, I ventured over to Calabria’s in Castle Shannon, our favorite restaurant, for dinner. Seated at my small table, memories came flooding back of all the happy times we dined together there and the party we held celebrating our 60th anniversary. Waitresses stopped to welcome me back and express their sympathy for my loss. When I prepared to leave, I was astonished to learn that the couple at the next table had paid for my
Jul 13, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Selfless concern hard at work On Thursday, June 22, while shopping in Sam’s Club at The Pointe in North Fayette, my mother-in-law, Marjorie, fainted. My wife caught her as she was falling, so she didn’t hit hard but she was out for a few moments. A young woman noticed her fall and called to her mother, who was a nurse. This woman immediately stopped what she was doing, came over and sat on the concrete floor with Marjorie, comforted her, evaluated her, and stayed with her until EMS arrived
Jun 08, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wrapped with kindness Once again, the kindness of strangers overwhelms me. I was fabric shopping on Friday, May 19, at the Jo-Ann Fabrics in Robinson. As I stood at the cutting counter, my two carts full of fleece gathered a lot of attention. I was asked by several people what use I have for all the material. I explained that I am very involved in the “Wrapped in Love Foundation.” This group provides blankets to local hospital and outpatient facilities. They are then distributed to patients u
May 04, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Recently my husband and I attended the Phipps Spring Flower Show with our two grandsons, ages 4 and 15 months. After about two hours of walking around my husband told me he felt extremely dizzy and sick. I had him sit down on a bench when he almost passed out and was falling forward. Two ladies stopped, one announced she would get a wheelchair and help from Phipps employees, while the other said she was a nurse and promptly took my husband’s pulse. His hands were shaking but he did revive somewh
Feb 23, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
My husband and I were waiting for the green light at the intersection of Rialto Street and the 31st Street exit from Route 28 on January 11. We looked to our right and saw a woman working diligently to clean up the trash on the patch of green grass by that intersection. She had a black plastic bag and she was wearing rubber gloves to protect her hands. She was bending over to pick up the trash by hand. There was a lot of trash and we knew her back was going to ache the next day. We wanted to
Feb 09, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Secret Santa One random act of kindness made my day, but three over a three week period continue to amaze and delight me. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I had infections in both eyes and both ears, a terrible cold and because of all that, I lost my sense of smell, taste and hearing. I missed nine days of work and was very down. In the middle of the madness a small package appeared on my doorstep. There was a tag on the outside that said to Jody from your Secret Santa. It contained a s
Jan 05, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
We recently went to Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., to bring our granddaughter back to Cranberry after boot camp. In the time we were there, we took many pictures. We are so proud! Upon returning home I was taking the pictures to be developed but had a few stops to make first. Yes, I lost my camera with all the pictures I could never replace. After many sleepless nights, I backtracked the route taken and the stops made, but no camera. I then went to the Hallmark store in Cranberry Mall and was
May 25, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On a recent Wednesday morning, two of my brother volunteer firefighters and I met for breakfast at Totin’s Diner on Perry Highway in Wexford. We were wearing our Class B uniforms as we were doing fire safety programs throughout the day for the children who attend St. John’s Preschool on Cumberland Road, and we were planning our lessons for the kids beforehand while we ate. We were in a booth on one side of the restaurant and at the other end was a female who was sitting in the corner at a table
Jun 22, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburghers are everywhere, even Galapagos Islands If anyone doubts the world is a small place and you can find Pittsburghers everywhere, I have evidence of both. In May, my son and I visited the Galapagos Islands. While there, we had the chance to write a postcard and drop it off at a “post office” on one of the islands. By post office, I mean a wooden box on a post. No postage is needed or even available. The idea is to leave your postcard with the hopes that one day a traveler from your
Feb 02, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
What Christmas is all about Several weeks past I had the pleasure of experiencing a random act of kindness from an unlikely source, a child. My wife and I were in church. Seated next to us was a young couple with two small children, a three-year-old toddler and a year-old baby. The thoughtful parents had brought along several small plastic figurines to keep the little ones occupied. The mother was next to me with the baby on her lap. While reciting the Lord’s Prayer, I had my eyes closed an
May 11, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Quite a find at the garage sale I had a garage and downstairs sale on a Saturday in April. A very nice lady picked up the Bingo Game Set that we used to take with us on vacations to the ocean with the nieces, nephews and grandkids, and said she would buy it but was still looking around. Soon, her husband came over and handed me a stack of white envelopes his wife had found inside the Bingo box and said, “I don’t think you want to sell these.” I looked inside one and saw that it contained $2.0
Mar 30, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
My trip back home to Pittsburgh as a “tourist” during President’s weekend was exceptional in every way, but it will be the actions of a unknown Good Samaritan and the aid of several police officers who work in Zone 2 that will be the most lasting memory of this recent visit. I send my deepest gratitude to the unknown person who found my wallet on Monday, February 20, in the Strip District and turned it in to the police. With no knowledge of my loss I returned to my home 300 miles away to disco

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