On March 1, I took ACCESS Air Star to South Hills Village, which I had not been to before.
ACCESS is supposed to drop off and pick up a person at the same entrance. I started waiting for my ride home at 2:35 p.m., as ACCESS was due to pick me up at 2:45.
Before 3 I called to be sure they were coming to pick me up. A few times after 3 p.m., I called and they kept saying that someone was on their way for me, but then I was told the vehicle broke down.
I called the main ACCESS office. They looked into it, and before 4 p.m. someone was supposed to pick me up. After 4, I called and said no driver had come for me. They said I was not there. (The driver delivering me earlier had let me out at the wrong entrance and said my pickup would be at that same entrance.)
After more calls, I was told several more times that a driver was coming for me. By 5:35, no driver had come and I had been standing at the doorway for about three hours, very tired and worn, and still with no sign of a ride home.
Then Chelsea and her mother, who had seen me waiting at the doors when they arrived at the mall, were leaving and asked if I needed help. At first I thanked them and said that ACCESS was finally on its way. They started to turn but came back and insisted they would drive me home, and they did.
I burst into tears from their kindness, as who knows how much longer I would have stood there waiting. I thank them so very much for taking me home! My dogs thank them as well, as they were waiting for me for six hours.
Man with disability thankful for the strangers eager to help
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008, I suffer from mobility issues on a daily basis. I usually am able to get around by walking with a cane; however, sometimes I can run into a little bit of trouble while I am out, and every time there has been a stranger to lend a helping hand.
One such incident occurred in February while I was running some errands on a particularly windy afternoon. I had just bought some items at the Walgreen's on Fort Couch Road in Bethel Park, and as I left the store a strong gust of wind blew me off balance and toppled me over.
As I lay on the ground in need of assistance a group of four or five individuals were by my side within seconds. They all did their part to help me to my feet and get me back to the safety of my car.
A more recent incident occurred on the evening of March 19 while I was on my way to a support group meeting at St. Clair Hospital Diabetes Center. As I was making my way into the building I leaned on what I had thought was a sturdy, large gray stanchion weighing hundreds of pounds. Unfortunately, it only weighed a few pounds and gave way under my weight, which caused me to fall.
Again, within a few moments three or four people, including a security guard, were rushing to assist me. They helped me into a wheelchair and then escorted me to the meeting room.
Without the kindness and compassion of these strangers I would have struggled to get back to my feet and go about my day. These are just a few examples of the random acts of kindness that I have experienced over the years, and I thank everyone who lends a helping hand to a stranger.
Upper St. Clair
She got a welcome surprise when dining at pizza buffet
I had occasion to have a buffet luncheon and soft drink at the Pizza Hut located in Brentwood Towne Square.
A gentleman and his precious granddaughter were sitting in a booth near me. As I passed them to go to the buffet, we chatted a short time.
They left before I did, and when I asked the waitress for my check, she said he had paid for me. I was in awe and would like to thank him for a pleasant surprise. I hope he reads this and is assured his kindness will be passed to someone else.
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 April 4, 2013 4:00 AM