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She went down on escalator in a way that attracted help

I took a very frightening fall on Oct. 22 on the escalator at the North Shore T station.

I was unable to get up on the moving stairs and felt very helpless. Thanks to the five other riders on that escalator, I was saved from what might have been an even worse experience.

Some riders came immediately to my aid while a gentleman and two ladies arrived at the top and caught me before I came to the end of the steps. Thank you so much to those kind and alert people as well as to the very professional and caring Port Authority police officer who further assisted me.

Pittsburgh emergency responders arrived shortly, and I was checked over for injuries. Pittsburghers are certainly good people.

SYLVIA McCARTHY

New Brighton

Young man went extra mile to replace woman's gas cap

Recently after buying gas, I drove away without putting the cap back on the car.

I realized this after driving about three blocks, and I returned to the station and proceeded to look for the cap. A young man in his early 20s asked me what was wrong. After I explained my problem, he walked the three blocks looking to see if he could find the cap with no success.

He then began looking on his cell phone for auto supply places where a cap could be bought. After calling one and describing the car, year, make and engine type, he was successful in finding that they did have one.

He told me to stay at the station with my car while he went to the auto supply place and returned with the suitable cap. I started to give him the money for the cap and he said, no, he didn't want it.

I insisted and did manage to give him the money for the cap, and a generous tip, and told him to buy him and his girl some Champagne. He said to me that he had been thinking that if anything like this had happened to his grandmother, he would want someone to help her.

I then said again, as I said every time he offered to continue to help, "God bless you, young man."

I know that I will never forget him and his kindness, spending over an hour and a half of his Saturday making me feel safe and cared for.

SOPHIE FARAH

Scott

A grocery shopper jumped in to help with purchase for holiday food drive

On a recent Saturday evening I went shopping at a local grocery store in Greenfield for supplies for a Thanksgiving food drive that the Pittsburgh Legal Administrators Association is hosting.

As I was placing 20 cans of turkey gravy on the checkout counter, an elderly woman mentioned jokingly that I must be having one heck of a Thanksgiving dinner. I told her that I was buying groceries for a community food drive in which corporations were filling boxes for a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate.

The woman told me that was such a nice thing to do. When I went to check out, the cashier informed me that the woman in front of me was so impressed with our efforts that she donated $20 toward the groceries for the food drive.

Such a wonderful random act of kindness should not go unnoticed. There are still a lot of good people in our town.

DIANE VOGELSBERGER

Greenfield

She went from being crime victim to someone thankful for strangers

I was a victim of a smash-and-grab in June. My purse and everything it contained were taken from our truck parked in Schenley Park.

After using my bank card, the thieves discarded my wallet. Some Good Samaritan found it and threw it in a mail collection box. A week later my phone rang, and it was Jeanine from the Monroeville post office saying she had my wallet.

She met me and returned it. The money was gone, but all of those important personal pictures and other things were there. Thank you to two caring people.

MAGGIE EZYKOWSKY

Cecil

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.


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