I have always been a firm believer that there is a lot more good in the world than bad, and my belief was reaffirmed yet again by a very generous person I ran into in a Best Buy store.
I am a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and I was in the Best Buy in Robinson purchasing Wii games for one of our children. As my very helpful service rep, Abe, was trying to compare prices throughout the city to find me the lowest price available, a man walked up and handed me $50 to help with my purchase.
I was truly blown away and could only utter to him, "Thank you so much." In my heart, I was thanking him profusely because this allowed me to purchase another game.
So, to the man in the Verizon coat, thank you so much for giving a little more joy to a Make-a-Wish child. God bless you!
Stranger in waiting room provided cab fare home
I am a senior citizen who relies on ACCESS for transportation, including to my numerous doctors' appointments. While this is a great service, it often requires shifting schedules and waiting to be picked up for a return trip home.
Recently I had a doctor's appointment in Fox Chapel -- many miles from my residence. As it turned out, I was finished almost three hours before my designated pickup time.
As is often the case in waiting rooms, I got to chatting with some people and explained my situation. As I debated whether or not to spend the money on a cab, a young woman looked up from the book she had been reading and told me, without hesitation, that I had to call a cab and could not possibly sit there for hours waiting to go home.
Before I could even respond, she pulled money from her pocket and handed it to me. I was speechless then, and I remain somewhat speechless now. It is so rare that you see such kindness from anyone, let alone a stranger.
I do not know this woman's name, but I have thought of her often since that morning. This is my way of thanking her -- not just for monetary assistance, but for making me remember the kindness of strangers.
Young couple made her day by taking care of breakfast
Each weekend I treat myself to breakfast at one of our local restaurants. One recent Sunday it was at Eat'n Park at the Waterfront.
Across from me was seated a very young couple who were just finishing their breakfast and were ready to leave. I continued reading my newspaper while waiting for my meal.
As they were leaving, the young man stopped at my booth and wished me a very pleasant day -- likewise I did the same to him. Finishing my meal afterward, I prepared to pay my bill.
To my surprise the waitress informed me that my bill had already been paid. The waitress had been instructed not to tell me until after the couple left the restaurant.
I never experienced anything like this and felt badly that I could not thank the young folks. If by chance they happen to be reading this, my heartfelt thanks for this lovely gesture. I am most grateful. Your kindness made a beautiful beginning for the day that will never be forgotten.
There truly are good people in this world when you least expect it.
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