On a driving tour on July 6, we got lost. We saw two motorcyclists about to leave a gas station.
“Can you help us find Ellwood City?” I asked.
The man on one of the motorcycles said he and his wife were headed there and we could follow them. We did. The man rode his bike in the lead, his wife followed and we were in the rear in our car.
In Ellwood City they pulled over, and we stopped behind. Jim said he and his wife, Pam, were going to the annual crafts fair there. We decided to attend also.
When we arrived at the parking area for the fair, there was a $5 charge. But when it was our turn to enter and I proffered the $5, the attendant said that Jim in front had already paid it for us.
What a truly generous thing for this total stranger to do. Such a wonderful random act of kindness.
Bus drivers deserve praise for their special assistance
I am a physically disabled woman in a power chair and have been using Port Authority since they first began to have accessible buses. Over the years I have met many wonderful operators and I’d like to highlight a couple.
On July 9, I was attempting to cross the street at Market Square to catch the 67 bus to Monroeville. I was having difficulty with the curb-cut, and I saw the 67 approaching.
I thought, “Oh, no, I hate when the bus is coming and I’m going to miss it,” but then to my surprise the bus driver, Connie, who picks me up often in Oakland, stopped the bus, crossed the street and helped me onto the bus. I was really moved by her act of kindness.
About a month ago, another bus driver blessed me with yet another act of kindness. I was stuck in a torrential downpour and was going as fast as I could to catch my bus. It was coming, but I wasn’t close enough to make it. The driver, Dee, stopped the bus early to let me on. This act of kindness saved not only me but my power chair as well.
People are always quick to criticize bus drivers for what they don’t do right, but we need to celebrate those who go out of their way to help others. I enjoy my independence, but sometimes I need a helping hand; I want to thank those who simply help make my life better.
Others made sure he had wonderful time at concert
I have two wonderful friends who invited me to attend with them the tribute “Play It Again, Marvin” on June 28 at Heinz Hall.
Due to lower-back pain and 94 years of age, I am limited in walking. We had separate seats, and I had the good fortune to sit next to a great, friendly couple, Gerry and John. All of them went out of their way to see that I was “cared” for in every aspect, as the concert was a sellout and the traffic extremely heavy. In addition, the ushers at Heinz Hall were so accommodating in every way.
I just had to write to express my appreciation and thanks to all the wonderful people who allowed me to thoroughly enjoy an outstanding event. What a wonderful city in which we live!
Stranger’s offer of two tickets led to great game with nephew
My husband and I were looking at paint in Home Depot in Ohio Township on Sunday morning when we were approached by a woman who so kindly offered us her tickets to that day’s Pirates game.
We gladly accepted and made our plans. I took my 8-year-old nephew, whom I hadn’t seen in two weeks since he had been on vacation with his family. We had such a wonderful time cheering on the Bucs, and getting to share in that one-on-one time with my nephew was just priceless.
Thank you for the tickets — you totally made our day! I will be sure to pay it forward when given the opportunity.
Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.