Random acts of kindness: Donation of pool pass hailed as great gesture

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I’m on the board of a private swimming pool in New Castle and recently had a request to aid a mom with two small children, one with disabilities.

Among other issues, the child has seizures and developmental delays and is only 20 months old. He was brought to the pool by a friend of his mom’s, and we were asked if the pool would donate some guest passes for him, as you have to be a member of the pool or a guest of a member to swim.

At $5 per person for the family’s visits, $15 can add up quickly for a family with medical needs. We donated five guest passes for each child, which were gratefully received.

Last week a pool member who lives out of town was leaving the local area to return to her home for the rest of the summer. She asked if we knew of any family that could use the remainder of her family’s membership. Immediately the two little boys and their mom came to mind.

The family donating the membership was thrilled, and when the friend of the other family was contacted to let her know they had received a membership for the rest of the summer, she was also overjoyed. Coming to the pool gives the little boy a “normal” day.

Having this done for a family with such needs proves that there are kind and giving people in the world, and most of all in Western Pennsylvania.


New Castle


Lost cellphone retrieved

from final resting place

I was corresponding by emails and lengthy phone calls with a gentleman from Cleveland when we arranged to meet halfway, in Youngstown, the Wednesday after Memorial Day.

I had planned to travel with my cellphone, but Tuesday night I could not locate it. After hours of searching through car, house and pockets, I called my date to say I did not want to drive to meet without my phone. He offered to come to Pittsburgh, so we had a pleasant visit that afternoon.

That night my son, who lives out of state, called to say he knew where my phone was. He had received a call from a Pittsburgher who found it at a local cemetery, where my husband is buried. She told my son it was turned off and wet. She was able to get his number, however, as the last one I had called.

He told her to “just throw it in a Dumpster,” but she did not do that. Kristen met me for lunch and I was able to retrieve my phone. Since then I have wondered if her act of kindness was a message through her about being able to date, or if it was just a “phone call from heaven.”




Stranger stopped his car

to lift a woman who fell

I have always read the Random Acts of Kindness column but never thought I would be one of those people to receive an act of kindness.

On a recent Monday I went out to get my mail, and coming back I tripped and fell on the sidewalk. I was in so much pain and couldn’t get up. I was screaming, but my husband did not hear me.

A very nice young man stopped his car, however, and came to my aid, pulling me up and taking me to my front door. I didn’t get his name, but I hope he reads this column. I am 84 years old, so really appreciate the kindness.




Veteran’s military service

was honored in restaurant

On Father’s Day I told my husband that I would treat him to dinner at the Wheelhouse restaurant at Rivers Casino, where we waited afterward for our waitress to bring our check.

It seemed like we were waiting for a while, but finally she came to the table and informed my husband that our check had been taken care of. She told us a couple sitting behind us that wanted to remain anonymous had paid for our dinner.

She also told us they wrote a note on our bill, which said, “Thank you for your service.” My husband was wearing a hat with the 82nd Airborne insignia on it, as he served in it in the 1960s. We send a special thank you to this special couple, who proved there are still very nice and thoughtful people in the world.



Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to page2@post-gazette.com, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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