We rang in the new year at First Night Pittsburgh. Our family enjoys the sights and sounds and energy of Downtown on this special night.
Because of the crowds, I didn't want to bring a purse, so I carried a few essentials in my pockets. As we sat down to watch a magic show in the CAPA school's theater, I realized my cash was missing. My husband assured me it was "no big deal" and urged me to just sit back and enjoy the show.
Over the loudspeaker, the organizers announced that someone had found an item in the ladies room and encouraged whomever was missing something to come out to the lobby to describe it. I had no idea where or when I had lost the money, but since I had just taken my granddaughters to the restroom, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask.
I found the security guard and described the folded bills. Sure enough, some kind soul had turned in the cash that had fallen out of my pocket!
The grand total was $31, so getting the money back was not really all that important. What really touched my heart was the kind gesture by the person who found the cash and took the time to turn it in when they easily could have kept it and bought themselves a little something to celebrate.
Thanks to them, I welcomed 2014 with a smile and gratitude for living in such a great city.
Man went the extra mile in helping with directions
While lost to meet up for a bus trip, we stopped at a gas station to ask directions, and a very kind gentleman said he was going that way and we could follow him.
We were making good time when we came upon a road blocked because of an accident. He asked an officer for new directions since we were running out of time, and we arrived at our destination just in time.
As is the case with so many good Samaritans, we do not know his name, but he was certainly our guardian angel that day and we will pay it forward. Bless you for going out of your way for us -- it was truly appreciated.
Good family came to the aid of one snow-stalled motorist
Instead of enjoying a carefree day of shopping on Dec. 8, I ended up in the middle of an unexpected snowstrom in my rear-wheel drive sports car that had never seen snow.
After slipping and sliding all over Route 19, I abandoned my car in a neighborhood about 3 miles from my home. Dressed in a lightweight jacket, with neither hat nor gloves, I decided it would be best to just walk home.
I had completed the first mile when a van pulled alongside me and offered me assistance. Without any hesitation, the husband, Justin, jumped out of the passenger seat to join his beautiful children in the rear of the vehicle.
Amy, the driver, asked where I was heading and eagerly started driving me to my destination, En route, as we approached a steep hill, Amy expressed concern about the tires of the van losing traction, and she requested that Justin take over the driving. At this point, not wanting to put their family at risk, I insisted that I could walk from there and encouraged them to continue on their journey to church.
I just wanted to let Amy and Justin from Cranberry know that I made it home safely and to express my deepest appreciation for rescuing me on that cold, snowy morning. I will never forget their unselfish gesture.
CLARE F. WALK
Stranger made their day with lesson on tires' air
A special thank you to the nice gentleman who helped two reasonably intelligent women fill a flat tire with air at a gas station at the corner or routes 30 and 48. Who knew that you have to pay for air?
As we stood there staring helplessly at the pump that wasn't pumping air, a kind, blue-eyed young man came to our rescue while giving us a lesson for future tire-filling events.
He also called us "girls." We thank him for rescuing us and making our day! "Girls" -- imagine that!
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