Random Acts of Kindness: Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh helps this elderly homeowner
June 11, 2014 11:16 PM
Elderly homeowner gives thanks for volunteer remodeling project
I was the blessed receiver on National Rebuilding Day April 26 of a fantastic, generous abundant series of acts of kindness.
Thanks to the nonprofit program Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, which helps low-income seniors make needed repairs to their homes, I was one of 20 projects this year selected to be helped by kind volunteers.
The volunteers working on my home were very gracious members of Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church. Some of the gifts I received were grab bars in my bathroom, additional lighting, new railings and electrical outlets, a new kitchen floor, newly painted walls and a cleanup of my wildly overgrown yard.
This has resulted in a newly resurrected home, with my appreciation for the tireless work of the volunteers who acted in total charity. I am indeed blessed and fortunate to be their seventh project, and I will be forever grateful to them, their fellow church members and the staff and professionals of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh.
MARY FRANCES GARRISON
Their coupon offer gave them a bigger reward from others
My daughter and I went out to dinner on May 2 at Denny’s on McKnight Road, as we had coupons that were going to expire.
Since we had several coupons, we asked other diners if they would like to have them. It wasn’t very busy, but there were two booths with ladies who were eating.
When we offered them the coupons, they were very gracious and said how nice it was. I said that as a senior I had been treated so nicely, and I wanted to pass it on. And then, when we went to pay our bill, we were told it had already been paid.
We then went back to two ladies in one of the booths to give them the coupon we had planned to use, as it was the best of the coupons. We never found out who paid our bill, but we think it was those two ladies.
What a wonderful couple they were. You made our day, and may God’s love shine on you.
The small price of postage led to big act of generosity
I arrived at the Mount Washington post office at 11:50 a.m. on a Saturday, with 10 minutes to spare before it closed. I was there to resend checks to my grandniece, Sarah, and her dog, Edwin.
Sarah is an only child who was graduating as a doctor of physical therapy after finding the dog she always wanted. I had previously tried to send them the checks — one to Sarah for “a job well done” and one to Edwin for “a big doggy bone for his loyal support” — but the checks were returned for having an incorrect address.
I was racing back to the post office to send them a second time. I hurriedly snatched a large envelope from the post office wall and put the original envelope inside it, then sealed and addressed it and took it to the counter.
It was only then that I realized I had rushed out the door without my purse. I told the postal employee I had no money with me, would be back Monday morning and started out the door. A woman inside then ran after me and said, “Wait! I’ll pay for it.”
She had witnessed my predicament and wanted to help. It wasn’t expensive, and I could repay her while saving a return trip, so I went back inside.
The clerk weighed my envelope and said it would be 98 cents. The woman said to add it to her bill, and when I asked her name so I could repay her later, she said she didn’t want to be paid. I thanked her and began walking out the door, and she called, “Have a blessed day!”
Ninety-eight cents in today’s world is small change, but her random act of kindness was priceless.
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