Random Acts of Kindness: The passers-by who repotted our vandalized plants

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Strangers caring about plants helped couple after vandalism

My husband and I live on Western Avenue in Allegheny West, and last week we awoke to find our two concrete flower planters had been turned completely upside down.

Someone cracked the planters and destroyed the plants that were in them. We were both in a rush to get to work that day, so we had no choice in the morning but to leave the mess there until we got home.

I received a message that afternoon from our neighbor telling us a couple out for a walk were so dismayed by the senseless vandalism that they went to their home in Ross, got plants from their own yard and returned with the plants, a shovel and a broom.

They repotted our planters and cleaned up the entire mess before we got home. They reluctantly gave our neighbor their names and phone number, and I called to express our gratitude. When I asked what we could do to repay them for their kindness, they simply said, “Say a prayer for us and do something nice for someone else.”

I’ll never forget their kindness and thoughtfulness. There are good people in this world.

Allegheny West

Fall during shopping in Strip was eased by others’ concern

I was shopping in the Strip around 2:45 p.m. on June 5, intending to buy some special things, when I took a very hard fall, face first.

I was crying in pain when I heard someone say, “Pick her up.” I have no idea who the people were, but I also heard someone say, “Get her a chair,” and one was offered from Enrico Biscotti Co.

The paramedics were called, and they took me to UPMC Shadyside for treatment.

I still don’t know who the people were who helped and lifted me from the sidewalk, putting me in a chair. Whoever you are, I sincerely want to thank you for your compassion. And to one lady named Sheila who stayed near me until the paramedics came, and to a young man who gave me ice for my injured wrist, I thank you and bless you — you all have my gratitude.


A woman left motherless paid a bill for two others

After finishing our various errands on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, my sister and I stopped at the Eat’n Park on McKnight Road to have our Mother’s Day lunch.

After enjoying a leisurely meal, we asked our waitress for our check. We had to wait a bit and couldn’t figure out what the delay was. After we asked again, she informed us that the lady who was sitting behind us had paid for our lunch, as she had lost her own mother and wanted to do something for someone else.

Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to thank her. We would like to do so now, as she really made our day. We wish her nothing but good health and happiness.


He got a special kick through a surprise from friend’s kids

All of us remember the joy of days when we were a kid and a grandfather, uncle or aunt slipped a dollar or two in an envelope for us. Even now, some kids open a card they receive and look to see what drops out.

Well, I had a reverse adult experience of that, which brought both laughter and tears while experiencing an incredible random act of kindness.

I had been released from an extensive hospital stay, and one of my friends visited me at home. He delivered some cards from his three 6-year-old daughters. In typical fashion, the cards were self-made by using a combination of markers, crayons, colors, etc.

Imagine my delight, however, when I opened one of them, and inside was a dollar. These girls pulled off an incredible act of kindness that still has me smiling from ear to ear.


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