Random Acts of Kindness: Small offer of help with yardwork made a big impression on gardener

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I am 90 years old and love working in my yard all summer.

On April 4, I was raking leaves from my daffodils when a young man, Bill, and his son Christian stopped in my driveway. They came over and asked if I could use some help.

Bill said, "Free of charge -- we just want to help."

After a second I said, "Yes, that would be great," and we got another rake and my two small pickup rakes and a couple of leaf bags.

Bill carefully -- without breaking any flowers -- helped me clean off the leaves, and Christian packed them in the bags. Christian is about 10 or 12 years old.

Many thanks to them and to the young men and ladies in my family for their help in my yard. The daffodils are beautiful!


Upper St. Clair

She and her walker took tumble, but two upright men got her OK

On March 16, I had a women's meeting scheduled at Macy's store Downtown at the same time as the St. Patrick's Day Parade. I took ACCESS transportation, using my walker.

Due to the parade, which had closed many streets and rerouted traffic, the driver had to drop me off several blocks away from Macy's.

I was walking by myself and was at the corner directly across the street from the store when I suddenly just fell to the ground, with my walker on top of me, along with my other belongings.

As I lay there on the wet concrete, hurting, trying to get myself together, God sent two angels -- two men who came out of nowhere to help me. One came on each side of me, helping me up on my feet.

They wanted to call an ambulance, but I felt that since I fell on my side that I would be all right if I was able to walk it off. They both checked again to make sure I was all right before leaving, and then they went their own separate ways. I thanked both of them, and a cab even stopped along Cherry Way to see if I was all right.

I am so grateful for their care, concern and act of kindness. They did not just see a need, but they acted upon it as well, and that is true ministry. There are still people in this world who take the time to help somebody else along the way, and I believe that it does come back in return to you in some way when you need it most.

If I can help somebody, then my living won't be in vain.



Attendee at speaker series grateful for the spare ticket

I've always been fascinated by the story of the Uruguay rugby team that crashed in the Andes since the first book of their story, "Alive," came out in the 1970s.

Nando Parrado, one of two survivors who hiked out of the Andes and so saved the group, was part of the Pittsburgh Speakers Series on Monday night to tell the story. The problem: The Speakers Series is only sold as a full series, with no individual tickets available, and I needed one ticket.

About two hours before Mr. Parrado's talk, I was outside the venue with a "Nando Parrado Program, One Ticket Needed" sign. After about an hour, a policeman gently told me that I couldn't do the sign thing. He was OK with me moving inside the lobby in search of a ticket, so long as I retired the sign.

I hung out by the ticket windows and, finally, a woman came to a window, said she had an extra ticket and wanted it to be available for someone who could use it. I pounced on the ticket window nearest me and asked if I could have that ticket.

I was told I could have it, though the wonderful woman who gave up that ticket had already moved on, and I couldn't thank her. Because these were general admission tickets, I never wound up seeing her again.

To that kind and wonderful woman: Thank you so much for that ticket. Attending Nando's inspiring talk was important and meaningful to me, and I would not have been there to hear and see him if not for you.


Forest Hills


Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to page2@post-gazette.com, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. First Published April 25, 2013 4:00 AM

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