Even on top of a glacier, Pittsburgher was helpful
If you know a father and son who have been traveling through Iceland this month, then you may know my hero.
Let me explain: I was doing a walk on a glacier and it was more than I expected (more in the way of balance and coordination).
I made it to the top but took a fall on the way down. I was not hurt, but it was still a long way down. The next thing I knew this nice man with a strong arm was beside me. I know without his help I would have visited the ice a few more times.
I do not know his name, but I heard he was from Jefferson Hills and that he is an attorney and his son is a student at Pitt. Well, if you know him, tell him Cindy from the North Hills thanks him for this random act of kindness from one Pittsburgher to another.
Daniel saw a 90-year-old fall and assisted her in every way
I was walking across Liberty Avenue in Downtown on a sunny Saturday afternoon in May when someone jostled me.
Being 90 and not quite as nimble as I once was, I lost my balance and fell -- hard -- blocking traffic and creating a scene.
Immediately, a marvelous young man named Daniel was at my side. He called 911, hailed the police officer on the next corner and gathered up my glasses, purse and packages -- all of which had gone flying when I fell.
He brought everything to me and knelt by my head, took my hand and talked to me; I have no idea what he said but just hearing his voice kept me from panicking.
As the officer was on site within a minute to summon the paramedics, it was only a short time until they arrived. Even so, lying on the hot asphalt was very uncomfortable, but Daniel stayed by my side, continuing to hold my hand and talk calmly and reassuringly while we waited.
The EMTs quickly determined that I had broken my hip and needed to go to the hospital. Daniel helped load me into the ambulance and made certain that I had all of my belongings and that I knew where they all were.
If he had been allowed, he would have ridden to the emergency room with me. Instead, he blew me a kiss as the ambulance door closed and stood watching and waving until we were out of sight.
Daniel, I hope you are reading this and know how deeply and eternally grateful I am for the help and kindness and calm words you offered me that day. And I hope that your mother reads it -- she can be very proud of the outstanding young man she raised. You truly were an angel of mercy that afternoon.
Purse left in shopping cart was delivered to its owner
I had one of the worst days of my life July 4 when my husband left my purse inside a shopping cart in the parking lot of Walmart.
I thought for certain everything was gone, and my faith in humanity was lost. God answered my prayers, however. A wonderful Good Samaritan named Laura returned my purse four hours later.
That day taught me a couple things:
1. Never make my husband responsible for my purse (smile).
2. There are still honest and wonderful people out there.
A stranger came to the rescue when a bag broke on hot day
hank you to John from Wilkinsburg and the other nice gentleman at the UPS store at 18th and Carson streets on the South Side.
I walked into the store dragging a heavy (for me) box that I had just picked up at the post office. I had put the box in a bag, but the bag shredded and it was a hot day and I was on my way home from work.
I was hoping that the store would have another box or a handle. Instead, John, who was picking up his mail, volunteered to carry the box to my house a few blocks away.
Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to email@example.com, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.