Search results for random acts of kindness
Aug 24, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
40 acres … and good people We have a HUGE yard, and although my husband and I are in our 80’s, we still cut the grass ourselves. Due to all the rain we’ve been having, the grass has been growing like crazy! After cutting the “40 acres” a couple of weeks ago, I went out early the next morning to rake up all the grass clippings into small piles all over our property prior to bagging it. There were a lot of piles and I was getting low on energy when a couple, Dee and John, who walk their dog
Jul 06, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Honoring his angel 5 years ago my wife received a death sentence with the prognosis of a disease we never heard of, pulmonary fibrosis. She spent those 5 years on oxygen, doing everything she could, even line dancing with an oxygen tank on her back. She never felt sorry for herself and decided to help encourage other people with illnesses by starting her own little ministry. Over that period of time she gave encouragement by presenting people she met with a guardian angel stone to carry wit
Aug 31, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
No eclipse of kindness When an article in the Post-Gazette announced that the new Warby Parker eyewear store would be giving away solar eclipse glasses on Saturday morning, I drove over to nearby East Liberty to try to get a pair. The line in front of the store was long, but it moved fairly quickly and people were chatting with each other. The couple behind me had a pug on a leash, and the woman in front of me was fondly remembering her dog. Good Pittsburgh friendliness. When we got inside
Aug 03, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Treated poorly by one, strangers save the day My daughter Mallory, 24, and I moved to Pittsburgh from California so she could be listed for a double lung transplant at UPMC Presbyterian. We are on call 24/7, hoping she will get lungs soon. At 8:30 one evening in mid-July, I parked in a handicap space across the street from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream so we could get her ice cream — one of the simple pleasures she can still enjoy as she is tethered to oxygen and at the end stage of her battl
Jun 29, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Picture my gratitude While attending this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival, I was surprised to see a photo of the Westinghouse Atom Smasher on display at one of the booths. As a resident of Forest Hills for the past 40 years I have been fortunate to be able to see the atom smasher from my kitchen window every day. I explained to the vendor, that as much as I admired the photo, I could not consider spending that amount of money without consulting my wife, as we are on a tight budget. I was
Sep 14, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Beloved pin goes missing On August 16th, my husband and I decided to take a little getaway for our anniversary, an overnight stay at the Meadows Casino. While we were having a snack in the food court I noticed my antique “Grandma” pin was not on my shirt. This pin was my mother’s and I always like to wear it for special occasions because it makes me think of her. I tried to retrace my steps but it was impossible as the pin is less than 2-inches long and would have blended in with the carpet.
Mar 16, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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
Sep 07, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In trouble on the Yough My friends and I are deeply grateful to Dean, the “river Chapalin,” from Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle, who assisted us when our kayaks (that were rented from another company) capsized on the middle Youghiogheny River. It was a beautiful day on a Wednesday in July and the four of us cheerfully glided down the middle Yough in our kayaks. I was the first to capsize, but somehow managed to get to shore, dump out the river water, get back into my kayak and travel on.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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