Random Acts of Kindness: An angel was only too happy to haul woman’s shower gifts

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My 85-year-old neighbor and I drove to the site of a bridal shower to be held at the Southminster House in Mt. Lebanon.

Not knowing where the building was, we parked in a parking lot about a block away and walked up the street to the Southminster Presbyterian Church. After questioning several men coming out of the church, we found we were at the wrong place.

One of the men told us we should be across the street. My neighbor's car was parked down the street, with heavy bridal shower gifts in the trunk, so my neighbor asked this man if he would go down and get her car and drive it back to the place of the shower.

He not only moved her car, he picked her up so she would not have to walk up the hill to the house. He then got out of the car, put the gifts on the sidewalk and drove farther up the street to park it in the right parking lot. After that this kind man returned and carried all the gifts into the bridal shower and left.

We were so thankful for his help. Neither of us thought to ask him his name, but we are truly grateful for his kindness. It just goes to show you that God's angels are everywhere.


Bethel Park

Wallet that fell out of pocket ended up back in right hands

After a wonderful trip to the zoo with our son on a Saturday, my husband and I decided to stop at Mineo's in Squirrel Hill for a pizza.

After paying for the pizza, I put my wallet into my coat pocket. The wallet must have fallen out on the sidewalk, because when I got home I had a message from Steve from Acoustic Music Works on Murray Avenue.

He said a very kind and honest man found my wallet and took it into his store. Steve found my name and number in my wallet and called me and sent a text. I was so relieved to learn my wallet had everything still in it.

A huge thank-you to Steve and the stranger who picked up my wallet. I hope you know how thankful I am for your honesty and kindness. Extra prayers were said for you at church!


West Mifflin

Man returned her safely to home when she had trouble breathing

I have COPD, a disease that affects breathing, but I manage very well due to my level of activity. I love fresh air and walk a lot, pleased that I don't have to rely on medication.

I often walk from my home to a nearby shopping center. One day in January, I walked down to Mt. Lebanon Shops, then Rite Aid, then Shop 'n Save, feeling good that I got all my errands done.

But upon leaving the grocery store, I suddenly found myself very, very short of breath and without my inhaler. For the first time ever, I panicked -- I couldn't reach my daughter or load my groceries.

Just then, a young man was leaving the store. I asked him if he could drive me the few blocks to my house, something I would never have had the courage to do had I not been in such a state. He hesitated for a second, as you would do when a stranger approaches you, but then not only did he drive me home, he carried my groceries up to my door.

In our brief conversation, it became apparent that he had been headed in the opposite direction and was pressed for time. When I offered money, he declined. We agreed that I would pay it forward and make a donation to an animal shelter.

The situation was so traumatic for me that I can't remember his name, but I'm hoping that this encounter will reach others and let them know that you simply don't know how meaningful your acts can be.


Castle Shannon

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