Random Acts of Kindness: Young woman lends a hand to man confused at gas pump

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I went to the Get-Go station at Route 8 and Butler Plank Road for gas on Dec. 20.

I had a Giant Eagle card and a credit card but lacked the knowledge to use the technical system at the gasoline pump. I am an 83-year-old gentleman whose lovely wife usually does this, but unfortunately, she was not with me this time. After trying several times to put the proper card in the proper slot I grew frustrated and gave up.

A very nice young woman thankfully came to my aid. She walked me through the process, and if not for her I would have given up. Thanks to her, I was able to get my gas tank filled.




Hospital staff recognized for returning a gift card

My husband was in St. Clair Hospital for a week recently with congestive heart failure.

On the day he was discharged, we got a call from the floor where he had stayed. The person said that a gift card was found when my husband's room was cleaned, and they were checking to see if it belonged to him.

My husband remembered that his daughter had dropped her purse while visiting, and a lot of cards had fallen out of her purse at the time. He checked with his daughter, who indicated the card was missing from the ones she had in her purse, and the staff member said it would be held for pickup.

The honesty of the staff members was appreciated. The gift card could have been retained by the finder, without reporting it. I have found Pittsburghers generally are trustworthy by their acts of kindness, and I want to express my thanks to all the staff members of 5E for their thoughtfulness.




Young people at mall credited for eagerness to help after fall

I slipped and fell in the Ross Park Mall on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Immediately, four or five young people helped me get up, and they were very concerned about my well-being. A young man approached and said that he was a doctor, and he asked if he could examine my injuries. He checked my eyes, the lump on my forehead and the injury to my cheekbone.

He told me that I needed to apply ice as soon as possible, and that if I became dizzy, nauseated or disoriented I should go to a hospital emergency room.

Two young women who work at the Teavana tea shop brought me a bag of ice and a chair so that I could rest. Many, many others asked if I needed help or a ride home.

I would like to thank everyone who helped me. I will never forget all of the kindness and concern shown to me.



An ex-Pittsburgher got reminder of the honesty in her hometown

I live permanently now in Florida, where it's warm year-round, and I love it. However, I visit Pittsburgh year-round also and have to tell you I still love my Pittsburgh, too!

During the busy Christmas season, I was shopping and loaded up with purchases from Michael's in Monroeville. I went back to my hotel and realized my purse was missing.

It was a black purse left in a black shopping cart and, apparently, when I had my arms full I didn't see it when I loaded my car. Of course, I was upset and panicky because of my charge cards, etc. I went back to the store, but no one had turned it in.

It wasn't too long, however, before my cell phone rang. Someone afterward had randomly turned in the purse. I was thrilled beyond words! Thanks so much to my anonymous Pittsburgh Christmas angel.


Naples, Fla.

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