Random Acts of Kindness: Baseball game doubly sweet 
for a brother who has autism

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My family benefited from two random acts of kindness on May 6.

I am a child care provider at a center in Franklin Park, and a set of parents offered me their tickets to that evening's Pirates game. I was very surprised by their nice gesture.

My older brother is autistic and had never been to a baseball game, but with the generous gift of tickets I received, he was going. It marked the first time that my family of four was ever able to make the trip to a Pirates game. We were hoping for the best and that he'd enjoy it, and his smiles proved that he did.

We were sitting down the right field line when a player for the other team hit the ball to John Harrison in right field for the last out of the inning. A group of four younger adults was behind us, and you couldn't ask for a nicer group of people. One of the guys in that group yelled for the ball, and Harrison threw it in our direction.

A guy in that group behind us got it, and after a few minutes passed, that group ended up giving my brother the ball! We asked if they were sure they wanted to do that, and they all said, "Yes! It's his!"

In one amazing day my family all got to go to a Pirates game, which never happens, and my brother ended up with a ball that will be in his room forever. To everyone involved, my family says thank you. The smiles on my brother's face and the memories of our first Pirates game will last a lifetime.



Rainstorm was interrupted by gesture giving a dry bag

A couple of days ago during a huge thunderstorm, I was walking home from a university Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class carrying a pile of papers, getting very wet.

A young lad who was driving by with a lady friend rolled down his window and said, "Here's a plastic bag to keep your papers dry."

I took the bag and thanked him, and he drove away. I was astounded by this act of kindness from a total stranger. Just like Pittsburgh.


Squirrel Hill

An angel gets the credit for finding wallet in a lot

I read and enjoy Random Acts of Kindness, but never did I think that I would be writing to thank an unknown woman who found and returned my wallet intact.

I went shopping at the Target at The Waterfront, and after putting my packages in the car, I put my wallet in my pocket (or so I thought). I went to another store a few blocks away and discovered my wallet was missing. It was a feeling of panic I have never known!

I searched my car, went back to the parking lot and searched, and then to the Target service desk. I said I must have dropped my wallet in the parking lot. She asked my name and smiled. She said, "A woman just brought it in, and I locked it up."

After the desk clerk checked my ID and returned the wallet, I asked where the woman was. "She just came and left," she responded.

I believe heaven is for real, and so are angels. One was in Target's parking lot that Monday.



Courtesy toward another motorist led to unexpected parking savings

My dear friend and I were going to the Pearl Jam concert at the Consol Energy Center, and we thought we got there in plenty of time to find some cheap or maybe free parking since our funds were kind of tight.

We had no such luck, so we ended up pulling into a parking lot, but first I let the car that was sitting there opposite from me with its turn signal on go in front of me. While waiting to go through the entrance, my friend and I each got out $10 for the $20 parking fee.

The attendant then told us the car before us had paid for our parking. Wow! We tried to find them in the lot but didn't have any luck. So when my husband and I go to the Pirates game, we will pay it forward for a lucky vehicle behind us.


Penn Hills


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