Stranger knew just the ticket to brighten a young girl's day
I'd like to send a huge thank-you and the biggest hug ever to the kindest and most wonderful young man who was in the arcade of the FunFest Entertainment Center in Harmarville on July 26.
He will never know how much joy and delight he brought that day to my 6-year-old granddaughter. She and I were not very good at playing the machines (which generate tickets that can be redeemed for prizes). Suddenly, this special "angel" appeared and gave us all of his winning tickets to select a very special prize. It seemed like Christmas in July!
We were overwhelmed with gratitude and disbelief that someone would be so generous. Thank you again to an exceptionally fine person for making a small child happy beyond words. May your goodness and kindness be returned to you a thousandfold.
She made sure out-of-towners found a place to park for game
My family had a wonderful experience in Pittsburgh Aug. 8.
We brought our three children to their first Pirates game. After a late appointment and road construction, we finally made it to the city about 30 minutes before the start of the game. Of course, traffic was a nightmare and we were too late to find parking near PNC Park.
We are not from the area and so had no idea where to go. Finally, after we sat in traffic for 45 minutes, a wonderful woman pulled up beside our car and offered to help.
She went above and beyond, taking time out of her day to help us find a spot. Not only did she offer directions, she drove us on a tour of the city, asking each parking attendant we passed if they could make room for one more.
Eventually, she led us to the convention center, where we found an open spot. Even though we were late to the game, we made it and caught a great win.
We didn't get the woman's name, but we will forever be thankful for her kindness.
Flat tire seemed hopeless until man stopped to help
I was traveling Interstate 79 on my way to work on a Friday morning when I got a flat tire.
I maneuvered my way to the side of the road and thought to myself, "Now what do I do?" I don't have AAA, and there was no one I knew to call for help.
I somehow managed to get the tire out from its cage and situated the jack, but I knew I didn't have the strength to remove the lug nuts. As I tried to do so, a very nice gentleman stopped and asked if he could help.
He proceeded to change the tire and put the bad one in the trunk. Having to lie on the road to put the cage back up from the spare tire, he secured that also, and then he stood by the side of the road until I got into my car to make sure I was safe.
Hats off to Jerry for all your help.
Young woman paying the bill gets kudos for her generosity
My husband and I decided to go to Atria's restaurant in Murrysville a few weeks ago to use a gift card that I had received as a retirement gift.
We sat out in the enclosed patio section and placed our order. There were only a few people seated out there at the time.
At one table was a young woman with her son and daughter. After awhile, I noticed that she carried on a short conversation with the waiter and then left.
The waiter stopped at our table and asked if we knew who that young lady was. I thought it might have been someone famous who was in the area for a movie shoot, but I didn't recognize her at all.
The waiter then told us that she had paid for our meal. We were dumbfounded! What a great way to end an evening. Wendy H., you are a wonderful role model for your kids. You can be sure we will pay it forward.
Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. First Published August 22, 2013 4:15 AM