Random acts of kindness: Anonymous letters of love
March 24, 2011 8:15 AM
Anonymous angel sent pair letters of money, hope, love
This "thank you" is a long time in coming and I apologize for that.
I want to acknowledge a special angel in the Pittsburgh area. During the 10-plus years I cared for my beautiful sister Monica, times were rough financially. Monica was confined to bed, blind, yet had the most phenomenal resolve I've ever witnessed.
She and I were a team, and an illness that ravaged her body could not and did not quell our zest for the life and the situation we were given. Starting about seven or eight years ago, we started to receive mail from our "angel." In the envelopes would be a card with a spiritual message of hope, encouragement and love. Also enclosed was a $20 bill.
These letters of love always came just when we needed them the most, and never with a return address. We were always amazed when we received them and tried to figure out just who was so kind and generous to always think of us. The handwriting was unfamiliar and the postmark was from the Pittsburgh area -- it could have been anyone.
I want to thank this angel for making us feel so good, for the loving words and hope. Whoever you are, please know that you were in our prayers always and we sincerely appreciated the gifts that often allowed us to make it through that particular time. I'm sure Moni is looking down from above and watching over you, and I continue to pray for you and your loved ones.
Kind motorist in garage got them to a high floor
Upon reaching the parking garage in Oakland last month to pay the parking fee and retrieve the car, the electricity went off. There was no way to pay the fee, ride the elevator to the eighth floor or get out of the garage.
After a 10-minute wait, the garage attendant came in, and I asked about the outage and how we would pay our fee and leave. He took my ticket to note the time and said he would try and get some answers.
He spent some time manually raising one of the parking barriers while turning away cars that had pulled into the garage to park. My friend who was with me had just had a medical procedure at a doctor's office and could not attempt to walk up the eight flights of steps, and I did not want to do the stairs alone.
After about half an hour a young man pulled in wanting to park and told the attendant that he was a lease holder. The attendant agreed to let him park in the garage.
I then asked the driver if he would be kind enough to drive two people up to the eighth floor to get my car. He graciously agreed and rode us up to my car. Thank you to that young employee of FedEx, a resident of Sewickley, for his random act of kindness, the true spirit of Pittsburgh.
JUDITH W. WAYS
Young man volunteered to carry groceries home
I feel that my recent experience on a bus should be recognized.
I had been grocery shopping at a local supermarket and as usual I purchased more than I set out to do. As the bags were a little heavier than I expected, I decided to take a bus down the hill (about five or six stops).
The bus was exceptionally crowded, but the driver was kind enough to permit me to put my bags near the door, which is not generally a good idea with passengers boarding and leaving.
The driver asked how far I was going. She then told me that a young man on the bus had offered to carry my bags to where I was going. He not only carried them up the hill but insisted that he take them to the door of my senior building.
His name is Matt. I should have offered him something for this random act of kindness, but I was so overwhelmed with gratitude it did not enter my mind at the time.
I did tell him to tell his mother that she has a wonderful, caring young son. I hope he reads this column.
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