Random Act of Kindness: Coffee gave a special boost when a stranger paid for it

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I love getting coffee in the morning to fortify myself for the long commute to work.

I always stop at the McDonald's in Greensburg on Route 119. On Oct. 2, I ordered my usual cup of coffee and pulled up to the drive-through window to pay.

To my surprise, I was told that the person in the car in front of me had already paid for my coffee. I asked who it was, and the woman at the window smiled and said his name was simply "John."

When I asked if she knew him, she stated that from time to time he will pay for the person behind him. This really made my day, that someone would make such a sweet gesture, and it made the long ride to McMurray much more pleasant.

Also, I decided I will follow suit and pay that gesture forward the next chance I get!



Another customer insisted on paying for her groceries

I was shopping at the Shop 'n Save in Wilkins, in line ready to check out.

I put the divider between my groceries and those of the young man behind me, and he made a comment about his groceries.

The clerk was ringing up my tomatoes, and I told her she had charged me the wrong price. She called someone over, and they corrected it.

I had my wallet out to pay and the young man behind me said, "I'm paying for her groceries." I said, "No, you don't pay for my groceries," but before I knew it, he had his debit card in the machine to take care of it.

I asked him his name, and he said Kevin. I was so shocked at his gesture that I wanted to cry. I am just getting well from an illness, and I thanked him and gave him a kiss. Thank you again, Kevin -- you are an angel, and you made my day.



Hospital visitor gladly helped when car was stuck in reverse

Recently in UPMC Passavant's parking lot I found I couldn't release my car from its hold in reverse.

Within minutes a well-dressed gentleman came along, and I asked him if he knew anything about cars. He replied, "I am a mechanic."

He got into my car and released the gear shift from reverse. He said he was visiting his grandma, and I told him to tell her he was a perfect gentleman! From one grandma to another.



Chuck came to the rescue when girl stopped breathing

I was reminded on a recent Sunday of how fragile life can be.

My daughter and her boyfriend were taking my 2-year-old granddaughter to the emergency room for a bad case of croup. She vomited en route and began suffocating on her vomit.

She turned blue and her eyes rolled back in her head. They pulled into a convenience store parking lot and pulled her out of her car seat. She was as stiff as a board and clearly not breathing.

Her boyfriend called me, and all I could hear was my daughter screaming! She was clapping their daughter on the back and begging her to breathe. A guy nearby named Chuck then ran over to them, grabbed my granddaughter, stuck his fingers in her mouth and cleared her airway. She began to cry and breathe!

Thank God for the kindness of strangers. The employees of the convenience store had already called 911 and shortly thereafter an ambulance arrived. Our little sweetheart was transported to Children's Hospital. I arrived before the ambulance, so I was waiting to just hold her. She is back home now after a shot of steroids.

This has certainly been a reminder of just how precious life can be, and to thank God every day for all my blessings. Please take a moment and do the same. Hug your children, grandchildren and family just a little tighter. Never forget that you may someday be called upon to be that stranger who helps someone so profoundly!




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 15222. First Published October 16, 2013 8:00 PM


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