I read the Random Acts of Kindness every Thursday and never thought that I would have a kindness bestowed upon me.
On Nov. 2, at the McDonald's in Olympia Shopping Center, I stopped for a sandwich for my mom and myself. When I went to the drive-thru window to pay, the girl said that the lady in front of me had already paid for my order. What a nice surprise!
Never would I have thought that something like that would happen to me. So I send out a thank you to the woman in that car, and I will acknowledge someone else in the same manner.
Her fall outside the bank brought others to her side
I tripped over a speed bump and hit my face on the curb while going into the Brentwood Bank in the South Park Shopping Center.
Almost immediately one man was out of his truck, and with the help of two other gentlemen he lifted me up. My lip was bleeding, and a lady from the bank who recognized me brought towels to cover my lip.
Two other ladies came to help -- one even offered to take me home. They took me into the bank to sit down, and the manager completed my transaction. I want to thank all these people for their kindness.
Story had happy ending from purse left behind on trip to the cinema
My husband and I went to the movies late on a Saturday afternoon. Our typical trip to the movies includes sharing a tub of popcorn.
When we sat down I placed my purse on the seat beside me to prevent getting popcorn in it. After the movie ended we promptly left to get a jump on the crowd of people leaving, totally forgetting my purse.
The following morning while leaving for church, I realized I had left my purse at the movies. I began reviewing in my mind what was in it: several credit cards, driver's license, two debit cards, cell phone, owners card, two checkbooks and $160 in cash.
Later I called the theater to find out if by some chance someone had found my purse. The gal at the other end of the phone listened and then asked me to hold. It was the longest half-minute of my life.
She came back and asked me to describe my purse, and I calmly stated it was a Coach bag. Without a pause she stated it was there.
Long story short, the people who work at the movies clean up the trash between viewings. My purse was discovered by an employee who promptly brought it out to the lobby in the hopes of seeing someone looking for it. My purse was totally intact; I was so amazed that someone had not picked it up and taken it out the door.
My sincere thank you to the employees who work at the Cranberry Cinema. Words can't describe my relief.
Everyone stopped to offer help when woman's car stalled out
I'm a firm believer in the goodness of our Pittsburgh people and do enjoy reading the Random Acts of Kindness column.
While waiting for a tow truck recently at the Shop 'n Save near Century III Mall, I was overwhelmed by the kindness of 14 different people who came to try to help me start my car.
After a two-hour wait, I got back into my car to rest, and I thought, "So, why not give it another try?" I turned the key and the car started immediately. I drove home on air while remembering all those good people who had tried to help me.
RUTH ANN LEITHOLF
Flea market fundraiser led to one very generous offer
The Friends of Forbes Hospice recently held a flea market to raise funds for Forbes Hospice. During the day, many employees of and visitors to West Penn Hospital came to support the sale.
I had donated a Mickey Mouse T-shirt. A woman wanted to purchase it but did not have 25 cents for the purchase. She gave the shirt to the cashier to hold while she went to an ATM to get some money.
A stranger standing near the cashier's table heard the discussion and handed the cashier $25 for the T-shirt. The surprised cashier informed the stranger that the cost was 25 cents, not $25. The stranger told her to keep the money for Forbes Hospice.
We at Friends of Forbes Hospice thank the stranger for her kindness.
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.