Random Acts of Kindness: Paying it forward at the drive-thru

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Drive-thru customer paid for the people behind her

I work at the McDonald's in Wexford, where I am proud to say we have had several acts of kindness.

I was working the first window in the drive-thru, the one that takes payments, and a wonderful customer coming through asked me what the total cost was for the order from the car behind her. When I told her, she handed me a $50 bill and said, "Pay for as many cars as you can."

I thanked her, and she sped off before anyone else could track her down to say thank you themselves. I will never forget the faces of those in the next three cars when I told them their order was paid for. They asked me what to do, and I simply told them to pay it forward.


When she dropped her coins, a good person retrieved them

Little did I realize as I prepared to take my wrapped coins to the bank that it would turn into a bad incident.

As I got out of my car, I took hold of my bag of coins and started across the street. In the middle of the street, some coins and wrappers dropped out on the wet pavement while it was raining.

Traffic was piling up and I didn't know what to do. Suddenly, a young woman came to assist me. She picked up all the coins as I headed into the bank, where more coins fell out of my bag as I was at the top of the steps. She stopped and picked those coins up also.

While I was talking to the teller and giving what was left in my coin bag, the young woman arrived to give me all of them that she had picked up. I offered her my appreciation, and she just nodded and disappeared. And in adding everything up, the teller and I came to the very same amount as I had started with.

McKees Rocks

Two people doing laundry assisted her after a bad fall

I was going into the Don Royal Laundromat in Penn Hills last November when I tripped over concrete dividers and fell. I hit the left side of my face and injured the upper right side of my body, breaking my right arm. I landed on my bone-on-bone knees.

I know I screamed bloody murder, and this young man who was putting laundry in the back of his SUV came around to see what had happened. He asked if I was OK, and I told him, "I don't think so." I tried to get up but had no feeling in my hands.

He insisted on calling 911 for me, and a lady also came out of the Laundromat. The two of them stayed with me until the paramedics arrived. How very kind of them, because I was very scared. I thank both of them from the bottom of my heart.

Penn Hills

Proud grandma lost bracelet, but someone saved it for her

I attended graduation ceremonies May 10 for my granddaughter at Robert Morris University.

About a week later I went to my jewelry box to get my favorite diamond bracelet, which I had worn the day of the graduation, but it was nowhere to be found. We looked everywhere, but to no avail.

The bracelet has great sentimental value to me, as my husband gave it to me on our 50th wedding anniversary. It is my most precious piece of jewelry.

As a last resort, we called the school and inquired if a bracelet had been found. To our amazement, we were told that one had been found in a ladies room and turned in to a security guard. We were unable to talk to anyone involved, however, as it was the weekend.

When I called the following Monday, a security guard asked me to describe the bracelet. As I did, she exclaimed, "That's it!" We immediately went to the school and retrieved it.

I am so thrilled, and we want everyone to know how honest and trustworthy the people associated with Robert Morris are. If you are the person who found it and turned it in to security, please accept our thanks and appreciation, in addition to our gratitude to those associated with the school's security team.


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