Random Acts of Kindness: Man rescued from snow bank gets a ride home from two good Samaritans

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Elderly man in snow bank was very happy for the lift

I live in Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople. Although I am along in years, I still manage to get around on my own.

Returning from an errand at Staples in Cranberry, I got in my car, stepped on the brake and my foot went almost to the floor. With practically no brakes, I drove home very carefully, stopping to leave the car at my garage.

Home was only about a five-minute walk away, so I headed out to the only sidewalk available, on Main Street. Most of the snow had been cleared fairly well until I reached Culvert Street. The snow had been piled up there on the sidewalk to a depth of 2 or 3 feet, and I ended up in snow above my knees.

As I was contemplating my next move a car came down Culvert Street and stopped in front of me. A man around age 40 and his wife got out and asked if I was having trouble. "I certainly am," I replied.

With that they got me out of the deep snow and into the front seat of their car. Three minutes later I was at my front door, much relieved.

He gave me his card, and I wish to offer my heartfelt thanks to Phil and Nanette of Ellwood City. Never was a 96-year-old man more in need of help than I was when stranded in that snow bank.




Josh asked for someone to help, and stranger with flat tire arrived

On my way to Hopewell several weeks ago, I had a flat tire near the airport.

Since it wasn't a blowout, I continued slowly and arrived at the Hopewell Five Points Sunoco station. I asked a young man who was a customer if they changed flats there, and he said, "No, but I will."

He changed it quickly and refused the money I offered. He said that before leaving home, he had asked God to send him someone to help. Lucky me! Josh is a special young man who represents the good in our young people. What a blessing!


Mt. Lebanon


She got out of store much easier when others offered help to her

When I went to Target in Monroeville to shop on a recent Tuesday, I benefited from a number of acts of kindness.

In the checkout line, several of my cans fell from the cart and rolled onto the floor. Two nice ladies behind me not only picked up these cans but placed my other purchases on the checkout counter.

After checking out, I rested a bit on a bench, but when I left I was still having difficulty pushing the cart. This wonderful young lady came up and asked if I needed assistance. She helped me push the cart to my handicapped parking space and even unloaded my purchase into the car for me, though some were very heavy.

She also waited until I was safely sitting down in my car before she took the cart back to the store. I really feel that she was a lifesaver.



Mailman came to the rescue of a man who fell near home

On Jan. 4, my brother-in-law, Jerry, who is 99 years old, went out to get his paper. He lost his balance and down he went.

He laid there for about 10 minutes before his mailman, Tim, heard him calling for help. He helped Jerry get up and get back into the house, and he also alerted me.

I took Jerry to the hospital, where they checked him out, bandaged him up and sent him home. He is doing well thanks to the angel, Tim, who was in the right place at the right time for him.



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