Random acts of kindness: Newcomers were locked out, and everyone offered to help

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I often read Random Acts of Kindness in your newspaper and I love those stories very much. I think those kindness stories could bring happiness to readers and encourage people to do good things to make our world full of love.

So, although I am from an English as a foreign language country and not a master of English yet, I would like to share my story to you, because it was absolutely the most unforgettable day to me in Pittsburgh.

Here is my story:

My husband is an international graduate student in Pittsburgh, and I just came to visit him this year. Last Friday, when we came back from Costco, we found the bolt of the apartment door was locked inside. It was weird, because we never got the key for the bolt, and so there was no way for us to accidentally lock the door when we left.

It was 8 p.m. already, and we were exhausted and hungry. The apartment management office was closed, and the emergency office lady hung up our call rudely without any useful suggestions. We had nothing to do but desperately search on our phone for a locksmith nearby, even though we knew it would cost a lot.

At that time, our neighbors Sally and Ron were passing by and asked us what happened. Soon after that, half of the neighbors on our floor came to help us open the door. We tried for one hour but still failed to open it; meanwhile, Sally and Ron were trying a lot of phone calls.

However, we felt no loneliness anymore, since so many nice people were surrounding us. Fortunately, we got to contact with the building manager with the great help from Sally. Sally and Ron invited us to their apartment to have a rest and wait for the response from the manager. During that time we watched the Pirates game together and had a lot of enjoyable talk.

It was fantastic to me when I realized how much fun I obtained by making friends. Not only drink was offered, they even comforted us by offering one of their rooms for us to stay just in case we cannot get into our apartment. I was quite moved, because we didn’t talk a lot during the past days since I was not quite confident on my speaking. They were just so kind to us that it looked like they were facing their own problems.

Close to midnight, the manager finally came and opened the door for us. At the end of the story, we got into our home, even more surprisingly with five chairs as gifts kindly from Sally and Ron. That night we were deeply touched by the kindness of our neighbors and will never forget it.

It was such a short story, and I know it might look normal to a lot of people, but to me, it was like a strong comforting power. It made me feel like adjusting myself to this new environment is not that difficult, with so many lovely people in my life.




Staff’s patience eased family’s stressful visit

My elderly father developed bipolar disorder after the death of my mother. This was over six years ago, and the road I have traveled since then with my father has been long and hard.

He has frequent bouts of mania, which can make public outings very stressful. It was with great trepidation that I took my father to meet with my son to do a vehicle title transfer at the Monroeville AAA office on July 25.

Despite my best efforts, my father did not have all the needed documents to accomplish this task. However, the staff quietly helped me obtain the needed documents and dealt with my father in a compassionate manner so he didn’t become even more agitated.

I cannot thank the staff there enough. The kindness shown to my family made a very tough week end on a positive note, and my father was less agitated on the long ride home due to completing the title transfer. My only regret is that I didn’t get anyone’s first name due to the stress of the situation.



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