Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger offered comfort when a van slid off road
February 26, 2015 12:00 AM
I was driving my daughter to day care on my way to work on the morning of Feb. 17.
I was driving on Franklin Road in Cranberry, and the road was icy and covered with a thin layer of snow. I felt my minivan begin to slide. Before I could process what was happening, it was sliding off the road.
I was terrified as the vehicle careened down an embankment and came to a stop precariously in a yard full of trees. I was so grateful the van hadn't overturned, but we were at such an angle that it was difficult for me to even push my car door open.
My greatest concern was for my baby daughter, who was strapped into her car seat on the passenger side, which was now downhill and difficult to access. I was terrified that if I moved, the van would slide further before I was able to to get her out.
As I was trying to collect my thoughts and important belongings and get us out of the vehicle, a black pickup truck pulled to the side of road. An older gentleman dressed neatly for work approached us and offered help. He helped me out of the car and provided stability so I was able to unstrap my daughter and pull her from the vehicle.
As the temperatures were below freezing, with additional wind chills, he sheltered us in his warm car while I phoned my husband, AAA and work. When I couldn't recall the name of the cross street for the AAA agent, he bounded from his vehicle through the snow, slush and cold to locate a street sign.
He made conversation with me, complimented and cooed at my daughter, and was a huge source of comfort while I was scared and frazzled. He insisted it was no bother, but he was clearly delayed from getting to his job.
When my neighbor, the police and the tow truck all came at once, he departed quickly. He was an Army veteran named George, and I wish I had thought to get his last name so I could locate him and better express how very much I appreciated his taking the time on a miserably cold day to stop to help me. His kindness was genuinely appreciated by me and my family!
LAUREN SUPER Cranberry
Plenty of angels helped a woman who fell in lot
I had a trip-and-fall accident in the doctors’ parking lot at UPMC St. Margaret’s in December, breaking my nose and shoulder.
Almost instantly a young lady was there to help me. This angel stayed by my side, comforting me and making sure I stayed warm.
Soon three other angels came to my aid: a lady with red gloves that she gave me to keep my hands warm; a gentleman who parked the car that the red glove lady had gotten out of to help me; and a security guard who got heated blankets to cover me from the wind and cold as I lay in the concrete parking lot.
During the wait for an ambulance, these people never left my side. I never got any names, but I did and will continue to call them my angels. My utmost thanks go to all of them for coming to my aid.
ANITA MASCILLI New Kensington
A Steelers fan returned phone lost before game
My boyfriend and I attended the Steelers-Bengals football game at Heinz Field on Dec. 28, and I discovered right as we were ready to go through the security line to get into the stadium that my cellphone was missing.
It had been in my coat pocket, but it must have fallen out. I was frantic!
My boyfriend got out his phone and called my number. A man answered who said he had found my phone and picked it up, He was on the other side of the stadium but took the time to come around and meet us to return my phone, even though he needed to miss the beginning of the game to do so.
I am so very thankful that I got my phone back, and a special thanks to this young guy for being so honest and returning it to me.
SHERRY WALLER Erie
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