Random Acts of Kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:34:00 GMT Went to great lengths to return card http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5f1ac11b-be89-4fd8-8ca9-e88b5f209f71&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:34:00 GMT <p> We received a phone call late one weekday evening. I didn’t recognize the caller ID so didn’t pick up. The next morning I had a message on my voice mail. My daughter, the day before, without my knowledge, had borrowed my debit card and unknowingly dropped the card in a parking lot on her way back to her vehicle after some shopping.</p> <p> The caller was a kind gentleman, who had found the card and safely held on to it for us.</p> <p> He spent a lot of time and effort calling every household in the phone book with the same last name and left messages and contact information. His message let us know he had possession of the card and how to reach him to get it back.</p> <p> We are truly thankful that Paul took the time to pick up the card and take the precious time out of his day to make those numerous phone calls.</p> <p> I was able to pick up the card from his wife at their home the following day. Thank you so much.</p> <p> <em>— Brenda Cleverley</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5f1ac11b-be89-4fd8-8ca9-e88b5f209f71 A true Random Act of Kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ad5be8c8b-c745-49e3-8977-db2b7dd4d9f0&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:32:00 GMT <p> A big thank you to the very caring people who stopped to help my wife and me after a car accident.</p> <p> We were driving south on Highway 59 near Libeau when we had the misfortune to hit a deer. The car was extremely damaged, but we were not injured, just very “shook up.”</p> <p> This wonderful couple stopped, assisted us at the scene, put us into their truck until the fire, ambulance and police arrived, let us use their cellphone to call family members and then waited even longer.</p> <p> e were very fortunate in that we did not have to be hospitalized, but without their help, we would have been stranded.</p> <p> This very thoughtful couple stayed and then drove us home, into Winnipeg. This really is a Random act of Kindness.</p> <p> <em>— Rose and Ken Williams</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:d5be8c8b-c745-49e3-8977-db2b7dd4d9f0 A true Random Act of Kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5ef6c440-a554-45e4-baac-c18c4e16a292&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:32:00 GMT <p> A big thank you to the very caring people who stopped to help my wife and me after a car accident.</p> <p> We were driving south on Highway 59 near Libeau when we had the misfortune to hit a deer. The car was extremely damaged, but we were not injured, just very “shook up.”</p> <p> This wonderful couple stopped, assisted us at the scene, put us into their truck until the fire, ambulance and police arrived, let us use their cellphone to call family members and then waited even longer.</p> <p> e were very fortunate in that we did not have to be hospitalized, but without their help, we would have been stranded.</p> <p> This very thoughtful couple stayed and then drove us home, into Winnipeg. This really is a Random act of Kindness.</p> <p> <em>— Rose and Ken Williams</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5ef6c440-a554-45e4-baac-c18c4e16a292 Angels walk among us http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a47b90100-a97b-49f7-90bb-43866267936f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:31:00 GMT <p> Each year, for the past four years, members of my family and a close family friend have participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure in Winnipeg.</p> <p> Upon completion of this year’s event, still dressed in our costumes, we went to the Smitty’s Restaurant on Pembina for lunch.</p> <p> While we were waiting for a table, a woman approached and thanked us for our commitment to the cause. She told us that she had recently lost her mother to breast cancer. I explained that our daughter was a breast cancer survivor. The woman introduced herself as Marjorie and hugged our daughter and wished her well.</p> <p> During the meal, Marjorie came over to our table and presented our daughter with money, to pay for her lunch, and a lovely silver angel pendant which had belonged to her mother, Therese. We were so touched by her thoughtfulness and generosity and would like to take this opportunity to thank Marjorie for her act of kindness and compassion.</p> <p> There truly are Angels among us! God bless you.</p> <p> <em>— Pam Klawitter, Winnipeg Beach</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:47b90100-a97b-49f7-90bb-43866267936f Angels walk among us http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a7ba1936d-ec7b-471c-9bc3-45e38b614c66&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:31:00 GMT <p> Each year, for the past four years, members of my family and a close family friend have participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure in Winnipeg.</p> <p> Upon completion of this year’s event, still dressed in our costumes, we went to the Smitty’s Restaurant on Pembina for lunch.</p> <p> While we were waiting for a table, a woman approached and thanked us for our commitment to the cause. She told us that she had recently lost her mother to breast cancer. I explained that our daughter was a breast cancer survivor. The woman introduced herself as Marjorie and hugged our daughter and wished her well.</p> <p> During the meal, Marjorie came over to our table and presented our daughter with money, to pay for her lunch, and a lovely silver angel pendant which had belonged to her mother, Therese. We were so touched by her thoughtfulness and generosity and would like to take this opportunity to thank Marjorie for her act of kindness and compassion.</p> <p> There truly are Angels among us! God bless you.</p> <p> <em>— Pam Klawitter, Winnipeg Beach</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:7ba1936d-ec7b-471c-9bc3-45e38b614c66 Good hearts make the world better place http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aeb200dd0-60bb-48e6-ae41-5435dde36c74&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:30:00 GMT <p> I had just arrived home from a long day at work when my doorbell rang.</p> <p> A lady was on my doorstep. She asked “Does Chris Cooke lived here?” And I suspiciously said “yes, he does, he’s my son.” She says “I found his wallet on Keenleyside!” and me, not knowing it was even missing, stumbled over my words and mumbled something like “Oh, wow, I didn’t know it was missing, thank you so much!” and she walked away.</p> <p> I was in shock because I didn’t know it was missing, and I totally was not expecting that. My son is 18 and works until 4 p.m. This was just before 5 p.m. I turned away from the door and looked in the wallet and there was $220 dollars in it. He had taken that money out of the bank to pay his indoor soccer fees and we would have been devastated had it been lost.</p> <p> My son was at his Dad’s, and we called him and he was frantic. He was so upset that he’d lost his wallet and was looking all over for it. He had just passed his driver’s license test the week before, and had a credit card and all of his identification in the wallet which would have been pricey and time consuming to replace.</p> <p> He was so thrilled that his wallet was returned and was upset with me for not at least getting the lady’s name let alone not offering her something for her kindness.</p> <p> I just want to say thank you so much to that kind lady. I hope you are reading this. You have no idea what that meant to our family and my faith in good will.</p> <p> You make this world a much better place and I am proud to be in this life with you. Our world used to be full of people with your heart and sense of good faith. Now, sadly it seems that good hearts are a minority now.</p> <p> Thank you for investing your time to teach a lesson to my children and reminding us what a beautiful world this can be if we all just stopped and used our hearts more often.</p> <p> <em>— Jen Cooke</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:eb200dd0-60bb-48e6-ae41-5435dde36c74 Good hearts make the world better place http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a25af6fb3-8327-40d7-9198-75268b55d202&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:30:00 GMT <p> I had just arrived home from a long day at work when my doorbell rang.</p> <p> A lady was on my doorstep. She asked “Does Chris Cooke lived here?” And I suspiciously said “yes, he does, he’s my son.” She says “I found his wallet on Keenleyside!” and me, not knowing it was even missing, stumbled over my words and mumbled something like “Oh, wow, I didn’t know it was missing, thank you so much!” and she walked away.</p> <p> I was in shock because I didn’t know it was missing, and I totally was not expecting that. My son is 18 and works until 4 p.m. This was just before 5 p.m. I turned away from the door and looked in the wallet and there was $220 dollars in it. He had taken that money out of the bank to pay his indoor soccer fees and we would have been devastated had it been lost.</p> <p> My son was at his Dad’s, and we called him and he was frantic. He was so upset that he’d lost his wallet and was looking all over for it. He had just passed his driver’s license test the week before, and had a credit card and all of his identification in the wallet which would have been pricey and time consuming to replace.</p> <p> He was so thrilled that his wallet was returned and was upset with me for not at least getting the lady’s name let alone not offering her something for her kindness.</p> <p> I just want to say thank you so much to that kind lady. I hope you are reading this. You have no idea what that meant to our family and my faith in good will.</p> <p> You make this world a much better place and I am proud to be in this life with you. Our world used to be full of people with your heart and sense of good faith. Now, sadly it seems that good hearts are a minority now.</p> <p> Thank you for investing your time to teach a lesson to my children and reminding us what a beautiful world this can be if we all just stopped and used our hearts more often.</p> <p> <em>— Jen Cooke</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:25af6fb3-8327-40d7-9198-75268b55d202 Saved from traffic http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a1b45c1fe-974e-4c3f-a31f-0eb2c307a605&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:54:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the two workers who saw I was stalled on St. Mary’s Road and realized I could have been rear-ended by oncoming traffic. They helped push my car into the entrance where they were working and placed traffic barriers around the car which kept me safe until the tow truck came.</p> <p> I never got their names, so I just want to thank them again.</p> <p> <em>— Ron Brown</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:1b45c1fe-974e-4c3f-a31f-0eb2c307a605 Saved from traffic http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a34ab4c53-984f-4e61-8371-6ff0f950d333&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:54:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the two workers who saw I was stalled on St. Mary’s Road and realized I could have been rear-ended by oncoming traffic. They helped push my car into the entrance where they were working and placed traffic barriers around the car which kept me safe until the tow truck came.</p> <p> I never got their names, so I just want to thank them again.</p> <p> <em>— Ron Brown</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:34ab4c53-984f-4e61-8371-6ff0f950d333 Nice to know people still care http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a4774a076-6c86-489f-919e-cc6aa9bc2148&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:33:00 GMT <p> I am in my late 80s and was on my way to a doctors appointment early on a frosty morning in October. I was attempting to cross a street downtown and slipped on a small patch of black ice and had a nasty fall onto my elbow, knee and ribs.</p> <p> I was not able to get up right away and was overwhelmed by the quick response from about five people checking how I was and helping me get to my feet. A gentleman in the group said he had fallen in the same place earlier that day. He held my arm to cross St Mary Avenue and Edmonton Street and walked me right into the doctor’s waiting room.</p> <p> I did shake the man’s hand in thanks, but I didn’t get his or any of the others’ names.</p> <p> I hereby thank them all for their interest in my well being. Fortunately nothing was broken just badly bruised. It is nice to know there are people out there that still care.</p> <p> <em>— Gil McVarish</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:4774a076-6c86-489f-919e-cc6aa9bc2148 Latte made the day http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9f8f2833-2fa3-4209-b57f-298724452c59&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:27:00 GMT <p> To the random stranger who paid for my latte at the Tim Horton’s drive-thru on Regent on Oct. 25 during lunch hour: Thank you for your kindness. It just goes to show that there are good people in this fine city. You made my day, and I will pay it forward.</p> <p> <em>— Dorothy Beacom</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9f8f2833-2fa3-4209-b57f-298724452c59 Latte made the day http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a67015a4a-02ce-4e92-bd18-cc0626932937&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:27:00 GMT <p> To the random stranger who paid for my latte at the Tim Horton’s drive-thru on Regent on Oct. 25 during lunch hour: Thank you for your kindness. It just goes to show that there are good people in this fine city. You made my day, and I will pay it forward.</p> <p> <em>— Dorothy Beacom</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:67015a4a-02ce-4e92-bd18-cc0626932937 Three cheers for Buck http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a56663133-c888-4852-9dba-79f49da3ca33&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:26:00 GMT <p> My family enjoys going to Boo at the Zoo every year, but this year was an extra special night for my three sons.</p> <p> We decided to dress up as football players since my sons are passionate players and fans. While walking the path, my son spotted Buck Pierce and his girlfriend.</p> <p> My children were so pleased that Buck and his friend took the time to stop, shake hands with all three of them and engage in a conversation.</p> <p> That night my sons not only met their idol, but a really nice guy.</p> <p> Thank you Buck and girlfriend.   </p> <p> <em>— Lisa Ross</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:56663133-c888-4852-9dba-79f49da3ca33 Three cheers for Buck http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a42fa8483-1160-4f7a-bf6b-8ddcf745374b&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:26:00 GMT <p> My family enjoys going to Boo at the Zoo every year, but this year was an extra special night for my three sons.</p> <p> We decided to dress up as football players since my sons are passionate players and fans. While walking the path, my son spotted Buck Pierce and his girlfriend.</p> <p> My children were so pleased that Buck and his friend took the time to stop, shake hands with all three of them and engage in a conversation.</p> <p> That night my sons not only met their idol, but a really nice guy.</p> <p> Thank you Buck and girlfriend.   </p> <p> <em>— Lisa Ross</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:42fa8483-1160-4f7a-bf6b-8ddcf745374b Kindness makes visits enjoyable http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a55f0ec63-0629-4758-a0eb-7d2825bc5e8d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 07 Nov 2012 09:25:00 GMT <p> When I visited Winnipeg in August, my car had a flat tire in front of the Part Source store on Bishop Grandin.</p> <p> My elderly friend (95 years old) and I had no hope of changing a tire as I have a disability.</p> <p> A staff member from the Part Source store, Kaleem, saw our predicament and came to our aid. He had that tire changed in minutes and sent us on our way to Kal Tire where we received quick and excellent service.</p> <p> We wish to thank Kaleem and all the other kind residents of Winnipeg that make my visits so enjoyable. Thank you all.</p> <p> <em>— Delia Vaughan, Edmonton</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:55f0ec63-0629-4758-a0eb-7d2825bc5e8d Kindness makes visits enjoyable http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9833519b-81e5-4e05-a2b5-529cdd8096de&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 07 Nov 2012 09:25:00 GMT <p> When I visited Winnipeg in August, my car had a flat tire in front of the Part Source store on Bishop Grandin.</p> <p> My elderly friend (95 years old) and I had no hope of changing a tire as I have a disability.</p> <p> A staff member from the Part Source store, Kaleem, saw our predicament and came to our aid. He had that tire changed in minutes and sent us on our way to Kal Tire where we received quick and excellent service.</p> <p> We wish to thank Kaleem and all the other kind residents of Winnipeg that make my visits so enjoyable. Thank you all.</p> <p> <em>— Delia Vaughan, Edmonton</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9833519b-81e5-4e05-a2b5-529cdd8096de Will pay it forward http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aeb7c8a51-d845-4ab8-90d6-67f8adab08e0&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 06 Nov 2012 09:24:00 GMT <p> I was at Wal-Mart at St. Vital Centre on Oct. 13. After I finished my shopping, I was leaving the mall and noticed that my bracelet was not on my wrist.</p> <p> I went on to another mall to continue my errands, all the while hoping that I had left my bracelet on my jewelry box or the kitchen table at home. When I got home, I searched the house and could not find my bracelet anywhere.</p> <p> I might add that this was a very special bracelet that meant a lot to me and was a very expensive purchase 10 years ago.</p> <p> I thought that the chances of someone finding it and turning it in were pretty slim, but I called Wal-Mart and asked the customer service gentleman if anyone had turned in a bracelet. He asked me to describe it and then said yes, it had been turned in that afternoon.</p> <p> I raced over to pick it up and there it was, in perfect condition, taped to a piece a paper.</p> <p> I would like to thank the wonderful person or people who found the bracelet and  took the time to turn it in. Your honesty and integrity have reinforced my belief in human kind. Thank you, thank you. I wish I could reward you for your kindness.</p> <p> I would also like to thank the staff at Wal-Mart who took such good care of my bracelet until I picked it up.</p> <p> I will certainly be paying this good deed forward. Bless you all!</p> <p> <em>— Linda Brown</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:eb7c8a51-d845-4ab8-90d6-67f8adab08e0 Will pay it forward http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a8420b293-ad22-4ab9-bb00-c0289f8a907f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 06 Nov 2012 09:24:00 GMT <p> I was at Wal-Mart at St. Vital Centre on Oct. 13. After I finished my shopping, I was leaving the mall and noticed that my bracelet was not on my wrist.</p> <p> I went on to another mall to continue my errands, all the while hoping that I had left my bracelet on my jewelry box or the kitchen table at home. When I got home, I searched the house and could not find my bracelet anywhere.</p> <p> I might add that this was a very special bracelet that meant a lot to me and was a very expensive purchase 10 years ago.</p> <p> I thought that the chances of someone finding it and turning it in were pretty slim, but I called Wal-Mart and asked the customer service gentleman if anyone had turned in a bracelet. He asked me to describe it and then said yes, it had been turned in that afternoon.</p> <p> I raced over to pick it up and there it was, in perfect condition, taped to a piece a paper.</p> <p> I would like to thank the wonderful person or people who found the bracelet and  took the time to turn it in. Your honesty and integrity have reinforced my belief in human kind. Thank you, thank you. I wish I could reward you for your kindness.</p> <p> I would also like to thank the staff at Wal-Mart who took such good care of my bracelet until I picked it up.</p> <p> I will certainly be paying this good deed forward. Bless you all!</p> <p> <em>— Linda Brown</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:8420b293-ad22-4ab9-bb00-c0289f8a907f Keys come home http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aafcca8e0-ea56-4e6c-ad0d-af2362c8a5ed&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:22:00 GMT <p> Thank you, thank you, thank you to whomever found a  key on a colourful chain, with a few items attached.</p> <p> The key was found either very late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at Superstore on Regent Avenue.</p> <p> I had gone crazy trying to figure out where I may have misplaced it.</p> <p> Then when I went to Superstore and found out someone had turned it in, the first thing I said to myself is “There really is a  God out there.”</p> <p> <em>— Kathleen  Edgar</em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:afcca8e0-ea56-4e6c-ad0d-af2362c8a5ed Keys come home http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ad63a6d23-2560-4448-9103-1d77ce874150&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:22:00 GMT <p> Thank you, thank you, thank you to whomever found a  key on a colourful chain, with a few items attached.</p> <p> The key was found either very late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at Superstore on Regent Avenue.</p> <p> I had gone crazy trying to figure out where I may have misplaced it.</p> <p> Then when I went to Superstore and found out someone had turned it in, the first thing I said to myself is “There really is a  God out there.”</p> <p> <em>— Kathleen  Edgar</em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:d63a6d23-2560-4448-9103-1d77ce874150 Grandma touched by kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ae2cb2880-b9e1-43ca-8d49-d9084266083c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 04 Nov 2012 09:21:00 GMT <p> This grandma from Thunder Bay, Ontario mailed a birthday card with a cheque enclosed to help our Winnipeg grandson celebrate his upcoming birthday.</p> <p> Somehow, on an extremely windy Winnipeg afternoon, the cheque was  caught the wind and blew away before our grandson had an opportunity to cash it.</p> <p> Our disappointed grandson called to report this mishap and a stop was put on the cheque at our local bank. Our intention was to issue another cheque.</p> <p> Much to our surprise, we received a long distance call from a Winnipeg Good Samaritan reporting he had found my cheque in his yard while raking leaves and would willingly deliver it to the rightful owner if I gave him an address. I explained the situation, thanked him for his concern and asked him to tear up the cheque.</p> <p> I was touched by this random act of kindness from afar. Thank you.</p> <p> <em>— Aileen Black,</em></p> <p> <em>Thunder Bay, Ontario</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:e2cb2880-b9e1-43ca-8d49-d9084266083c Grandma touched by kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aeea7944d-194e-491c-b19d-c1729f5b3bcd&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 04 Nov 2012 09:21:00 GMT <p> This grandma from Thunder Bay, Ontario mailed a birthday card with a cheque enclosed to help our Winnipeg grandson celebrate his upcoming birthday.</p> <p> Somehow, on an extremely windy Winnipeg afternoon, the cheque was  caught the wind and blew away before our grandson had an opportunity to cash it.</p> <p> Our disappointed grandson called to report this mishap and a stop was put on the cheque at our local bank. Our intention was to issue another cheque.</p> <p> Much to our surprise, we received a long distance call from a Winnipeg Good Samaritan reporting he had found my cheque in his yard while raking leaves and would willingly deliver it to the rightful owner if I gave him an address. I explained the situation, thanked him for his concern and asked him to tear up the cheque.</p> <p> I was touched by this random act of kindness from afar. Thank you.</p> <p> <em>— Aileen Black,</em></p> <p> <em>Thunder Bay, Ontario</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:eea7944d-194e-491c-b19d-c1729f5b3bcd Great caregivers http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a68e88f69-8064-4b3b-b688-3725243b30a3&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 03 Nov 2012 08:16:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the two female paramedics that assisted my husband going to hospital in August. They did have to call for back up though to help carry him to the ambulance.</p> <p> He remained a few days after surgery for a broken hip. The two young ladies even visited him later that evening, going beyond the call of duty.</p> <p> What great caregivers we have.</p> <p> I’m so sorry I neglected to get their names with all the confusion but I’m sure they will remember him. How could they forget my husband who insisted he just had a sore hip?</p> <p> Thanks again ladies.</p> <p> <em>— Micki Gerus</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:68e88f69-8064-4b3b-b688-3725243b30a3 Great caregivers http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ad8e03c43-e448-4c7c-baf8-1f75e5cc8fd1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 03 Nov 2012 08:16:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the two female paramedics that assisted my husband going to hospital in August. They did have to call for back up though to help carry him to the ambulance.</p> <p> He remained a few days after surgery for a broken hip. The two young ladies even visited him later that evening, going beyond the call of duty.</p> <p> What great caregivers we have.</p> <p> I’m so sorry I neglected to get their names with all the confusion but I’m sure they will remember him. How could they forget my husband who insisted he just had a sore hip?</p> <p> Thanks again ladies.</p> <p> <em>— Micki Gerus</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:d8e03c43-e448-4c7c-baf8-1f75e5cc8fd1 What Winnipeg people do http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a867baad2-de46-4a60-96c3-e7762aaa4e87&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:12:00 GMT <p> My daughter was getting off the Mountain bus at Arlington when she dropped her cellphone.</p> <p> She didn’t notice, but a nice lady stopped the bus and ran after her to give it back. My daughter was so surprised. She said it renewed her faith in humanity. I said that’s just what people in Winnipeg do.</p> <p> So thanks, kind lady.</p> <p> <em>-- Guy Whincup</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:867baad2-de46-4a60-96c3-e7762aaa4e87 What Winnipeg people do http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a44ab735d-5db3-49a7-a865-8bb39c13dfd9&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:11:00 GMT <p> My daughter was getting off the Mountain bus at Arlington when she dropped her cellphone.</p> <p> She didn’t notice, but a nice lady stopped the bus and ran after her to give it back. My daughter was so surprised. She said it renewed her faith in humanity. I said that’s just what people in Winnipeg do.</p> <p> So thanks, kind lady.</p> <p> <em>-- Guy Whincup</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:44ab735d-5db3-49a7-a865-8bb39c13dfd9 The zoo with heart http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a34987ba9-9618-4f39-84ff-74a90be528c1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 02 Nov 2012 09:10:00 GMT <p> I took my friend who was visiting from Ontario to the zoo. We didn’t notice that the sign directing visitors to a special presentation at the tigers’ cage at 1:30 p.m. said the presentations stopped at the end of the summer.</p> <p> We hung around Kendra and Sarma’s cage waiting for the show to start. Zoo staff stopped the work they were doing to explain there are no special presentations after summer.</p> <p> We chatted and I said that I always take out-of-province visitors to the zoo because I think it has such heart.</p> <p> Zoo staff members Jacquie and Mike stopped their other tasks to talk to us about the tigers, really a mini presentation just for us (although soon a small crowd had gathered.)</p> <p> Jacquie even fetched a bucket of chicken parts and showed us how the tigers are trained to come to the fence and reach for the chicken, which comes in handy when staff need to examine the animals.</p> <p> Thank you Jacquie and Mike for making our visit to the zoo special. It really is the zoo with heart.</p> <p> <em>— Julie Carl</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:34987ba9-9618-4f39-84ff-74a90be528c1 The zoo with heart http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a7a133223-d91f-4064-935a-f9d6f03ae548&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 02 Nov 2012 09:10:00 GMT <p> I took my friend who was visiting from Ontario to the zoo. We didn’t notice that the sign directing visitors to a special presentation at the tigers’ cage at 1:30 p.m. said the presentations stopped at the end of the summer.</p> <p> We hung around Kendra and Sarma’s cage waiting for the show to start. Zoo staff stopped the work they were doing to explain there are no special presentations after summer.</p> <p> We chatted and I said that I always take out-of-province visitors to the zoo because I think it has such heart.</p> <p> Zoo staff members Jacquie and Mike stopped their other tasks to talk to us about the tigers, really a mini presentation just for us (although soon a small crowd had gathered.)</p> <p> Jacquie even fetched a bucket of chicken parts and showed us how the tigers are trained to come to the fence and reach for the chicken, which comes in handy when staff need to examine the animals.</p> <p> Thank you Jacquie and Mike for making our visit to the zoo special. It really is the zoo with heart.</p> <p> <em>— Julie Carl</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:7a133223-d91f-4064-935a-f9d6f03ae548 True spirit of humanity http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9dc69e42-d094-4ada-a6ab-cc3770f8266d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 01 Nov 2012 08:09:00 GMT <p> I was at the McDonalds on Grant Avenue across from the Grant Park High School when I experienced a random act of kindness.</p> <p> I had been on a field trip with the school that I work at, and I was standing in line with two of our students to help them purchase their lunch.</p> <p> As we approached the cashier, an older gentleman was behind us in line, and he stepped forward and told the cashier he was going to pay for all three of our lunches. At first there was shock and surprise, and then much gratitude, he himself only ordered a small drink, then he was gone!</p> <p> Thank you, thank you, thank you to this kind man and his random act of kindness. Not only did he touch the three of us but the rest of the class as well! This has shown us the true spirit of humanity, and we shall pay it forward.</p> <p> <em>— Susan Still</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9dc69e42-d094-4ada-a6ab-cc3770f8266d True spirit of humanity http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ad5c19391-ce96-4c1e-ae5d-95915b3f7b99&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 01 Nov 2012 08:09:00 GMT <p> I was at the McDonalds on Grant Avenue across from the Grant Park High School when I experienced a random act of kindness.</p> <p> I had been on a field trip with the school that I work at, and I was standing in line with two of our students to help them purchase their lunch.</p> <p> As we approached the cashier, an older gentleman was behind us in line, and he stepped forward and told the cashier he was going to pay for all three of our lunches. At first there was shock and surprise, and then much gratitude, he himself only ordered a small drink, then he was gone!</p> <p> Thank you, thank you, thank you to this kind man and his random act of kindness. Not only did he touch the three of us but the rest of the class as well! This has shown us the true spirit of humanity, and we shall pay it forward.</p> <p> <em>— Susan Still</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:d5c19391-ce96-4c1e-ae5d-95915b3f7b99 Stranger deserves recognition http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a834f0dcc-b03c-4a89-bc9c-ab65858ad576&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:08:00 GMT <p> Last week we came home to an envelope on our front step. Inside was our daughter’s driver’s licence that she did not even know she had lost.</p> <p> Some kind soul found it in a parking lot and could not find our name in the phone book so this person took the time to drive to our home in Lindenwoods.  They left a note but did not sign it.</p> <p> I wish I could call this person and do something special for them. They deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond.</p> <p> The world would be a better place if more people where this thoughtful!</p> <p> <em>— Darcie Guarderas, mother of Teigan Harrison</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:834f0dcc-b03c-4a89-bc9c-ab65858ad576 Thanks for great care at Grace http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a6edf2511-c642-40b6-a001-7cdb2a09d42c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:07:00 GMT <p> At the end of August I had orthopedic surgery at the Grace Hospital. I want to say thank you to all the staff: from the security guard who greeted us on arrival to the surgeons for their wonderful care.</p> <p> I especially want to commend the second floor staff — pre-op clinic and ward — as well as the physiotherapists for their excellent care. They all presented high levels of professionalism.</p> <p> Thank you all.</p> <p> <em>— W. Pfeiffer</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:6edf2511-c642-40b6-a001-7cdb2a09d42c Thanks for great care at Grace http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a623fbb69-c00e-4bb0-9b50-6fd97ff9c971&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:07:00 GMT <p> At the end of August I had orthopedic surgery at the Grace Hospital. I want to say thank you to all the staff: from the security guard who greeted us on arrival to the surgeons for their wonderful care.</p> <p> I especially want to commend the second floor staff — pre-op clinic and ward — as well as the physiotherapists for their excellent care. They all presented high levels of professionalism.</p> <p> Thank you all.</p> <p> <em>— W. Pfeiffer</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:623fbb69-c00e-4bb0-9b50-6fd97ff9c971 Will pay it forward http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3abbd7dbf6-bba1-410a-a317-e2e1e1692277&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:06:00 GMT <p> Just a short note to let everyone know there are still good people out there.</p> <p> I drive about an hour into Winnipeg every week to play volleyball in a men’s league. A couple of weeks ago, I got out of my vehicle at the Investor’s Group Athletic Centre at the University of Manitoba and put my wallet into my pocket.</p> <p> That was the last time I saw it.</p> <p> A couple of hours later when I was leaving, I realized it was gone. I retraced my steps and even drove back into Winnipeg the next day looking for it with no success.</p> <p> I had $180 in it along with credit cards and the rest of my ID. That’s more cash than I normally carry. I cancelled my credit cards and dreaded the task of replacing everything else.</p> <p> Five days later, I received a call from the Bank of Montreal in Tuxedo that someone had turned my wallet into their branch because of a credit card that I had. When I picked it up, everything was still in it, including the cash.</p> <p> Sadly, no name was left. To whomever returned the wallet: thank you! I guess it is my turn to pay it forward.</p> <p> <em>— Matthew Rempel</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:bbd7dbf6-bba1-410a-a317-e2e1e1692277 Will pay it forward http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aa94c63f8-41aa-4c9a-a3c5-fe8e583ae635&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:06:00 GMT <p> Just a short note to let everyone know there are still good people out there.</p> <p> I drive about an hour into Winnipeg every week to play volleyball in a men’s league. A couple of weeks ago, I got out of my vehicle at the Investor’s Group Athletic Centre at the University of Manitoba and put my wallet into my pocket.</p> <p> That was the last time I saw it.</p> <p> A couple of hours later when I was leaving, I realized it was gone. I retraced my steps and even drove back into Winnipeg the next day looking for it with no success.</p> <p> I had $180 in it along with credit cards and the rest of my ID. That’s more cash than I normally carry. I cancelled my credit cards and dreaded the task of replacing everything else.</p> <p> Five days later, I received a call from the Bank of Montreal in Tuxedo that someone had turned my wallet into their branch because of a credit card that I had. When I picked it up, everything was still in it, including the cash.</p> <p> Sadly, no name was left. To whomever returned the wallet: thank you! I guess it is my turn to pay it forward.</p> <p> <em>— Matthew Rempel</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:a94c63f8-41aa-4c9a-a3c5-fe8e583ae635 Thanks Hanifa and Aunt Mary http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9d9fe285-486a-404a-a538-2af074fddb76&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:05:00 GMT <p> I was in a meeting when a phone message interrupted me. I learned that I had dropped my credit card and another card in a parking lot.</p> <p> The young woman who found it methodically called Gerbrandts listed in the telephone directory until she found one of our relatives, who provided a direct contact number. (Thanks, Aunt Mary!)</p> <p> Thank you, Hanifa Dostmohamed, for your kindness and thoughtfulness. Your integrity spared me potential financial loss and great inconvenience.</p> <p> What seemed like an interruption to my session was really a gift, one that cost you far more time than I lost.</p> <p> <em>— Pat Gerbrandt</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9d9fe285-486a-404a-a538-2af074fddb76 Thanks Hanifa and Aunt Mary http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ab216b8f5-24fb-43a6-9666-d5abbfd0aee1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:05:00 GMT <p> I was in a meeting when a phone message interrupted me. I learned that I had dropped my credit card and another card in a parking lot.</p> <p> The young woman who found it methodically called Gerbrandts listed in the telephone directory until she found one of our relatives, who provided a direct contact number. (Thanks, Aunt Mary!)</p> <p> Thank you, Hanifa Dostmohamed, for your kindness and thoughtfulness. Your integrity spared me potential financial loss and great inconvenience.</p> <p> What seemed like an interruption to my session was really a gift, one that cost you far more time than I lost.</p> <p> <em>— Pat Gerbrandt</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:b216b8f5-24fb-43a6-9666-d5abbfd0aee1 Kind help for a senior http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aa77ab2c8-a6fa-4b65-868c-0bf20df6a6bb&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:04:00 GMT <p> I stopped at Starbucks on Corydon Avenue. As I was coming out, I tripped on a cement parking barrier, fell right down and hurt my face and knees.</p> <p> Within moments, concerned people were helping me get up and sit on a chair which they provided. Ice was then applied to my face and knees and caring hands were holding mine.</p> <p> Dutchess, one of two young women and her husband, who were having coffee with friends, provided first aid, then insisted on driving me home which was well out of their way. Dutchess drove me home in her car while her husband followed in theirs.</p> <p> Many thanks to all the wonderful, caring people who came to my aid.</p> <p> God Bless you for helping a senior.</p> <p> <em>— Josie Geib</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:a77ab2c8-a6fa-4b65-868c-0bf20df6a6bb Kind help for a senior http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a1358426b-be61-4ae0-9079-48172a16a823&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:04:00 GMT <p> I stopped at Starbucks on Corydon Avenue. As I was coming out, I tripped on a cement parking barrier, fell right down and hurt my face and knees.</p> <p> Within moments, concerned people were helping me get up and sit on a chair which they provided. Ice was then applied to my face and knees and caring hands were holding mine.</p> <p> Dutchess, one of two young women and her husband, who were having coffee with friends, provided first aid, then insisted on driving me home which was well out of their way. Dutchess drove me home in her car while her husband followed in theirs.</p> <p> Many thanks to all the wonderful, caring people who came to my aid.</p> <p> God Bless you for helping a senior.</p> <p> <em>— Josie Geib</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:1358426b-be61-4ae0-9079-48172a16a823 People are beautiful http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aeef6063f-d5d1-41ce-a177-68590078218f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:02:00 GMT <p> Oct. 20, what a great day this was going to be! My son would be arriving from Sydney, Australia later that day for a visit with his old man (age 88).</p> <p> To celebrate, I arose early and washed the kitchen floor. (Me and my dog live alone, and it sometimes get a bit messy.)</p> <p> Not to change my usual Saturday morning routine, I walked the six or so blocks to Portage Avenue and caught the #11 bus to Polo Park. I entered the mall at the Ness entrance, waved to the (beautiful) barbers at Manhattan. A short walk in the mall, then I purchased the <em>Free Press </em>and headed for Second Cup for some java.</p> <p> Here’s where the action began while fumbling for my change (I’m an exact fare transit retiree) a dime slipped out of my hands. Not an ordinary dime, this one landed on its edge and took off toward the elevators.</p> <p> I should have mentioned that just before the errant dime took off I noticed a young woman greet a dear friend. I assumed a sister and brother reunion for coffee.</p> <p> This young lady seemed just as amazed as I was at this crazy dime heading for the elevators.</p> <p> “Coffee money,” she said and retrieved the dime, and I headed for the java counter.</p> <p> The clerk took my order, a small medium roast java, and asked if I wanted anything else... Well yes, I said I’d like a piece of carrot cake but not today.</p> <p> I went to pick up the java, and there it was: a piece of carrot cake.</p> <p> “All paid for,” said the clerk.</p> <p> “How come? Who paid?”</p> <p> “The lady ahead of you.”</p> <p> I quickly thanked her and asked why. No answer.</p> <p> “I know,” I said, “you’re having a good day.” That’s it.</p> <p> Like me, meeting my son later after several years' absence. She also was having a good day. People are beautiful.</p> <p> <em>— Leo Johnson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:eef6063f-d5d1-41ce-a177-68590078218f People are beautiful http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5410640b-0c5a-4339-bc5b-f63c4c64ce05&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:02:00 GMT <p> Oct. 20, what a great day this was going to be! My son would be arriving from Sydney, Australia later that day for a visit with his old man (age 88).</p> <p> To celebrate, I arose early and washed the kitchen floor. (Me and my dog live alone, and it sometimes get a bit messy.)</p> <p> Not to change my usual Saturday morning routine, I walked the six or so blocks to Portage Avenue and caught the #11 bus to Polo Park. I entered the mall at the Ness entrance, waved to the (beautiful) barbers at Manhattan. A short walk in the mall, then I purchased the <em>Free Press </em>and headed for Second Cup for some java.</p> <p> Here’s where the action began while fumbling for my change (I’m an exact fare transit retiree) a dime slipped out of my hands. Not an ordinary dime, this one landed on its edge and took off toward the elevators.</p> <p> I should have mentioned that just before the errant dime took off I noticed a young woman greet a dear friend. I assumed a sister and brother reunion for coffee.</p> <p> This young lady seemed just as amazed as I was at this crazy dime heading for the elevators.</p> <p> “Coffee money,” she said and retrieved the dime, and I headed for the java counter.</p> <p> The clerk took my order, a small medium roast java, and asked if I wanted anything else... Well yes, I said I’d like a piece of carrot cake but not today.</p> <p> I went to pick up the java, and there it was: a piece of carrot cake.</p> <p> “All paid for,” said the clerk.</p> <p> “How come? Who paid?”</p> <p> “The lady ahead of you.”</p> <p> I quickly thanked her and asked why. No answer.</p> <p> “I know,” I said, “you’re having a good day.” That’s it.</p> <p> Like me, meeting my son later after several years' absence. She also was having a good day. People are beautiful.</p> <p> <em>— Leo Johnson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5410640b-0c5a-4339-bc5b-f63c4c64ce05 Stranger deserves recognition http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a3c20a97a-bcb7-478f-b066-9cc6f303c6b1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:09:00 GMT <p> Last week we came home to an envelope on our front step. Inside was our daughter’s driver’s licence that she did not even know she had lost.</p> <p> Some kind soul found it in a parking lot and could not find our name in the phone book so this person took the time to drive to our home in Lindenwoods.  They left a note but did not sign it.</p> <p> I wish I could call this person and do something special for them. They deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond.</p> <p> The world would be a better place if more people where this thoughtful!</p> <p> <em>— Darcie Guarderas, mother of Teigan Harrison</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:3c20a97a-bcb7-478f-b066-9cc6f303c6b1 Three angels to the rescue http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9f1b8de3-5340-409d-97e7-5d1662500310&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:02:00 GMT <p> My mother was traveling in her power wheelchair and the battery died. Due to her illness she couldn’t communicate the problem to emergency.</p> <p> By luck, two friends, Ken and Gerri, came by. Gerri phoned emergency and a technician was able to come.</p> <p> Another lady, Maureen, stopped and offered to wait by the wheelchair until the technician could arrive; allowing Ken and Gerri to take my mother home.</p> <p> Mom is truly grateful to all three for their willing help.</p> <p> <em>— Sheryl Somers</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9f1b8de3-5340-409d-97e7-5d1662500310 Three angels to the rescue http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aa352d193-36b9-45d1-9089-e8c5a5f48ed8&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:00:00 GMT <p> My mother was traveling in her power wheelchair and the battery died. Due to her illness she couldn’t communicate the problem to emergency.</p> <p> By luck, two friends, Ken and Gerri, came by. Gerri phoned emergency and a technician was able to come.</p> <p> Another lady, Maureen, stopped and offered to wait by the wheelchair until the technician could arrive; allowing Ken and Gerri to take my mother home.</p> <p> Mom is truly grateful to all three for their willing help.</p> <p> <em>— Sheryl Somers</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:a352d193-36b9-45d1-9089-e8c5a5f48ed8 CFL Fans are the greatest http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a7b9fa7c1-3855-48ab-8815-669c93def105&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 25 Oct 2012 08:36:00 GMT <p> After the football game at CanadInn Stadium on Sept. 29, I returned to my car only to find it had been towed.</p> <p> I live an hour outside the city and was quite distressed as my purse was in the car.</p> <p> I found out that I was to go pick it up on Higgins Avenue at Stanley Street, but I had no money on me as I was volunteering at the game and did not have my purse.</p> <p> Luckily, two gentlemen who were at the game were walking by and mentioned the nice evening when I told them about my dilemma. With no hesitation whatsoever, they graciously offered me a ride to pick up my vehicle.</p> <p> I’m afraid I forgot the gentleman’s name, but he called ahead to find out how much it would be and to confirm my car was there and then he drove me to pick up my car. He even stuck around to make sure I had no further problem before he left.</p> <p> Thank you so much for helping me out and calming me down that night. It was very much appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Debbie Bialek, Beausejour</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:7b9fa7c1-3855-48ab-8815-669c93def105 CFL Fans are the greatest http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a86d79508-bfa0-4dd5-8554-96f650517cd4&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 25 Oct 2012 08:36:00 GMT <p> After the football game at CanadInn Stadium on Sept. 29, I returned to my car only to find it had been towed.</p> <p> I live an hour outside the city and was quite distressed as my purse was in the car.</p> <p> I found out that I was to go pick it up on Higgins Avenue at Stanley Street, but I had no money on me as I was volunteering at the game and did not have my purse.</p> <p> Luckily, two gentlemen who were at the game were walking by and mentioned the nice evening when I told them about my dilemma. With no hesitation whatsoever, they graciously offered me a ride to pick up my vehicle.</p> <p> I’m afraid I forgot the gentleman’s name, but he called ahead to find out how much it would be and to confirm my car was there and then he drove me to pick up my car. He even stuck around to make sure I had no further problem before he left.</p> <p> Thank you so much for helping me out and calming me down that night. It was very much appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Debbie Bialek, Beausejour</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:86d79508-bfa0-4dd5-8554-96f650517cd4 A very kind woman http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a07e15a85-9751-42da-92dc-5861a990956a&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:35:00 GMT <p> It was a very windy day, and I was trying to make my way back to my apartment on Whellams Lane from Henderson Highway. I’m 85 years old and walking is difficult for me after my stroke.</p> <p> A kind woman, about 35 years old, motioned for me to come to her vehicle, which I gratefully accepted.</p> <p> She offered me a ride to my apartment. She introduced herself but unfortunately I’ve forgotten her name.</p> <p> She drove me to my Whellams Lane apartment, but when we approached the entrance way, it was blocked by moving vans.</p> <p> She then proceeded to park her car and accompany me up the ramp right to the doorway, ensuring I made my way inside the building.</p> <p> I would just like to thank that very kind woman. If I didn’t receive her assistance that day, I’m not sure how I would have made it home.</p> <p> <em>— Bill Laird</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:07e15a85-9751-42da-92dc-5861a990956a A very kind woman http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a73a5f170-4290-461f-a6b2-6581f0ab112d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:35:00 GMT <p> It was a very windy day, and I was trying to make my way back to my apartment on Whellams Lane from Henderson Highway. I’m 85 years old and walking is difficult for me after my stroke.</p> <p> A kind woman, about 35 years old, motioned for me to come to her vehicle, which I gratefully accepted.</p> <p> She offered me a ride to my apartment. She introduced herself but unfortunately I’ve forgotten her name.</p> <p> She drove me to my Whellams Lane apartment, but when we approached the entrance way, it was blocked by moving vans.</p> <p> She then proceeded to park her car and accompany me up the ramp right to the doorway, ensuring I made my way inside the building.</p> <p> I would just like to thank that very kind woman. If I didn’t receive her assistance that day, I’m not sure how I would have made it home.</p> <p> <em>— Bill Laird</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:73a5f170-4290-461f-a6b2-6581f0ab112d Interrupted trip to help http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a3eb2b91f-bd38-446d-9048-1302d4987f86&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:34:00 GMT <p> It was 6:15 in the morning, and I had stopped to pick up a newspaper on Corydon Avenue. When I returned to the car, I had locked myself out.</p> <p> I walked over to the 7-Eleven to call for a taxi to return home for the extra set of keys. I was distressed as the car was running with its lights on.</p> <p> As I waited, a young man stopped, noticed that I was out of sorts and asked if I had a problem. I explained the situation to him.</p> <p> Without hesitation, he said that they would run me back to my house for my keys. He and his girlfriend were on their way to Vancouver, and the car was loaded with luggage. He told me to get into the front seat and with a great deal of effort he climbed into the crowded back seat.</p> <p> They took me home and returned me to my car, and we parted ways.</p> <p> Thanks Gary and Tori. You made my day.</p> <p> <em>— Sybil Plattner</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:3eb2b91f-bd38-446d-9048-1302d4987f86 Interrupted trip to help http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a206df99b-f46c-4df9-9c29-162d94d8ea4e&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:34:00 GMT <p> It was 6:15 in the morning, and I had stopped to pick up a newspaper on Corydon Avenue. When I returned to the car, I had locked myself out.</p> <p> I walked over to the 7-Eleven to call for a taxi to return home for the extra set of keys. I was distressed as the car was running with its lights on.</p> <p> As I waited, a young man stopped, noticed that I was out of sorts and asked if I had a problem. I explained the situation to him.</p> <p> Without hesitation, he said that they would run me back to my house for my keys. He and his girlfriend were on their way to Vancouver, and the car was loaded with luggage. He told me to get into the front seat and with a great deal of effort he climbed into the crowded back seat.</p> <p> They took me home and returned me to my car, and we parted ways.</p> <p> Thanks Gary and Tori. You made my day.</p> <p> <em>— Sybil Plattner</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:206df99b-f46c-4df9-9c29-162d94d8ea4e You shall go to the ball http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a14851d22-b09a-439d-8a40-dd56f3a4c31b&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:33:00 GMT <p> On a recent Sunday afternoon, I went shopping for a pair of dress sandals to go with a gown that I’ll be wearing at my granddaughter’s upcoming wedding.</p> <p> At the Naturalizer Shoe Store in Garden City Shopping Centre, I saw a lady trying on a pair of sandals. I commented to her that they looked good on her feet. She thanked me and said that she’ll probably buy them.</p> <p> I looked for another pair like hers, as I realized that they would go perfectly with my dress. Unfortunately, there wasn’t another pair.</p> <p> I asked the woman if she’d mind if I tried on hers, to check for fit, in case they had them at another store.</p> <p> They fit perfectly and the store clerk checked for me, but no other store had them in my size.</p> <p> Then, the wonderful lady came up and handed me the sandals, offering to let me have them. I thanked her profusely, paid and left with the perfect footwear and a smile on my face and in my heart.</p> <p> I don’t know that lady’s name, but I want everyone to know that there are kind and considerate people around us and that I was very lucky to encounter one of them.</p> <p> <em>— Carmela Finkel</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:14851d22-b09a-439d-8a40-dd56f3a4c31b You shall go to the ball http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a1e42e358-af70-45a0-81a6-8998d328c781&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:33:00 GMT <p> On a recent Sunday afternoon, I went shopping for a pair of dress sandals to go with a gown that I’ll be wearing at my granddaughter’s upcoming wedding.</p> <p> At the Naturalizer Shoe Store in Garden City Shopping Centre, I saw a lady trying on a pair of sandals. I commented to her that they looked good on her feet. She thanked me and said that she’ll probably buy them.</p> <p> I looked for another pair like hers, as I realized that they would go perfectly with my dress. Unfortunately, there wasn’t another pair.</p> <p> I asked the woman if she’d mind if I tried on hers, to check for fit, in case they had them at another store.</p> <p> They fit perfectly and the store clerk checked for me, but no other store had them in my size.</p> <p> Then, the wonderful lady came up and handed me the sandals, offering to let me have them. I thanked her profusely, paid and left with the perfect footwear and a smile on my face and in my heart.</p> <p> I don’t know that lady’s name, but I want everyone to know that there are kind and considerate people around us and that I was very lucky to encounter one of them.</p> <p> <em>— Carmela Finkel</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:1e42e358-af70-45a0-81a6-8998d328c781 Chivalry on the bus http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac1bc5465-f7d8-4702-a868-0449d025e65c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:28:00 GMT <p> I would like to express my thanks to the older gentleman who stopped to help me after I discovered my shoe lace had come undone getting off the bus in rush hour — in fact, I almost fell off the No. 24 bus.</p> <p> I use a walker and was trying to push the lace aside so I could take another step and get out of the way of people getting off the bus.</p> <p> This gentleman stopped, bent down and did up my shoe lace for me allowing me to get out of the way of people.</p> <p> It was so enlightening to have someone do something so basic but yet so kind for a much younger person.</p> <p> I thanked him, but he was gone so fast I didn’t get to shake his hand. Thank you again.</p> <p> I hope people noticed this man’s kind gesture and will pass it forward.</p> <p> Thank you again.</p> <p> <em>— Trish Coyle</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c1bc5465-f7d8-4702-a868-0449d025e65c Chivalry on the bus http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a170d383c-bac9-477b-87bc-2f306d518fb4&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:29:00 GMT <p> I would like to express my thanks to the older gentleman who stopped to help me after I discovered my shoe lace had come undone getting off the bus in rush hour — in fact, I almost fell off the No. 24 bus.</p> <p> I use a walker and was trying to push the lace aside so I could take another step and get out of the way of people getting off the bus.</p> <p> This gentleman stopped, bent down and did up my shoe lace for me allowing me to get out of the way of people.</p> <p> It was so enlightening to have someone do something so basic but yet so kind for a much younger person.</p> <p> I thanked him, but he was gone so fast I didn’t get to shake his hand. Thank you again.</p> <p> I hope people noticed this man’s kind gesture and will pass it forward.</p> <p> Thank you again.</p> <p> <em>— Trish Coyle</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:170d383c-bac9-477b-87bc-2f306d518fb4 A man of integrity http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a7df4257e-510b-4ca2-86c0-0ee9df1e5b27&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:28:00 GMT <p> I lost my wallet containing money, credit cards, driver’s licence and several other important documents on Sept. 25.</p> <p> After searching everywhere, I was unable to locate it. I fully expected that whoever found it would remove the money, use the credit cards and toss the wallet.</p> <p> Later my son received a telephone call from a Greg in Transcona at the Grey Street United Church. He had found and wallet and my son’s telephone number inside.</p> <p> I would like to express my sincere appreciation to this man of integrity. As a retired senior, I would have found it difficult to replace everything in the wallet.</p> <p> Again, thank you very much for this random act of kindness.</p> <p> <em>— Lewis Weber</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:7df4257e-510b-4ca2-86c0-0ee9df1e5b27 A man of integrity http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ab44a3f39-6df4-4de6-83c5-d2392970a91d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:28:00 GMT <p> I lost my wallet containing money, credit cards, driver’s licence and several other important documents on Sept. 25.</p> <p> After searching everywhere, I was unable to locate it. I fully expected that whoever found it would remove the money, use the credit cards and toss the wallet.</p> <p> Later my son received a telephone call from a Greg in Transcona at the Grey Street United Church. He had found and wallet and my son’s telephone number inside.</p> <p> I would like to express my sincere appreciation to this man of integrity. As a retired senior, I would have found it difficult to replace everything in the wallet.</p> <p> Again, thank you very much for this random act of kindness.</p> <p> <em>— Lewis Weber</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:b44a3f39-6df4-4de6-83c5-d2392970a91d Thanks for the help at the till http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a79ec19a2-3dab-48f2-8eca-ee666d7fcfef&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:39:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the lady who helped me at the Westwood Safeway on Sept. 28. I was trying to use the self-serve checkout at about 4:30 p.m. on that day.</p> <p> In this day and age of always being in a hurry to finish your shopping and head home after a day of work, especially on a Friday, I really appreciated her taking the time and the patience to help me.</p> <p> I had never used this method before and had no idea what I was doing. She stayed to help me through the entire procedure, right through until I had the correct change and my receipt.</p> <p> It was very kind and thoughtful of her, and I would like her to know that I really appreciated her help and thoughtfulness.</p> <p> Thank you.</p> <p> <em>— Lesley Mayer</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:79ec19a2-3dab-48f2-8eca-ee666d7fcfef Proud Mom http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a53c07f4f-45c7-4fea-b12c-af208edb0f6d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:38:00 GMT <p> Further to the columns about kind Winnipeggers giving their shoes to barefoot homeless people:</p> <p> I feel compelled to share a story about my son, Scott Greenshields.</p> <p> On August 22, my son called to say that he was moved to give away his running shoes. He lives downtown and while walking home, he came across a homeless man with his toes sticking out of his shoes.</p> <p> Scott had his work boots in his backpack so he took off his runners and socks and gave them, with the other two pairs he had in his backpack, to this man who was very grateful. Scott also bought the man a hamburger.</p> <p> My son walked the rest of the way home in his work boots with no socks.</p> <p> I asked him why he would do that. He said “because I have two pairs of shoes, and this man doesn’t have any.”</p> <p> I later learned there is a kind woman who also lives downtown who gives this man $20 a week for food.</p> <p> I think these acts of kindness must be happening much more than we have imagined.</p> <p> <em>— Brenda Oliver</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:53c07f4f-45c7-4fea-b12c-af208edb0f6d Proud Mom http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a00c955a9-0f8c-47b3-b949-bba9ef9395f1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:38:00 GMT <p> Further to the columns about kind Winnipeggers giving their shoes to barefoot homeless people:</p> <p> I feel compelled to share a story about my son, Scott Greenshields.</p> <p> On August 22, my son called to say that he was moved to give away his running shoes. He lives downtown and while walking home, he came across a homeless man with his toes sticking out of his shoes.</p> <p> Scott had his work boots in his backpack so he took off his runners and socks and gave them, with the other two pairs he had in his backpack, to this man who was very grateful. Scott also bought the man a hamburger.</p> <p> My son walked the rest of the way home in his work boots with no socks.</p> <p> I asked him why he would do that. He said “because I have two pairs of shoes, and this man doesn’t have any.”</p> <p> I later learned there is a kind woman who also lives downtown who gives this man $20 a week for food.</p> <p> I think these acts of kindness must be happening much more than we have imagined.</p> <p> <em>— Brenda Oliver</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:00c955a9-0f8c-47b3-b949-bba9ef9395f1 Purse was just fine http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aacd85590-d9f6-4ac9-8819-6359b12eb256&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:37:00 GMT <p> My husband and I came into the city to do some errands including some banking. Afterward we decided to go to lunch at a nearby KFC.</p> <p> We continued our errands when I realized I didn’t have my purse. All my credit cards and the money I had withdrawn from the bank were in my purse.</p> <p> We rushed back to the restaurant, with me praying all the way that someone had turned it in. A clerk said no one had.</p> <p> I felt dejected and left, but then I thought I would ask once more at the counter so I went back.</p> <p> The young fellow there heard me inquire and came up to the front stating that yes, he had my purse and reached under the counter to retrieve it.</p> <p> I thanked him and left, expecting nothing but my cards in it since it had been missing for several hours. Much to my surprise everything was intact.</p> <p> Thank you from the bottom of my heart.</p> <p> <em>— Lovey McTavish</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:acd85590-d9f6-4ac9-8819-6359b12eb256 Purse was just fine http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5ca33bdf-0eae-4b90-813f-b67050620aa6&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:37:00 GMT <p> My husband and I came into the city to do some errands including some banking. Afterward we decided to go to lunch at a nearby KFC.</p> <p> We continued our errands when I realized I didn’t have my purse. All my credit cards and the money I had withdrawn from the bank were in my purse.</p> <p> We rushed back to the restaurant, with me praying all the way that someone had turned it in. A clerk said no one had.</p> <p> I felt dejected and left, but then I thought I would ask once more at the counter so I went back.</p> <p> The young fellow there heard me inquire and came up to the front stating that yes, he had my purse and reached under the counter to retrieve it.</p> <p> I thanked him and left, expecting nothing but my cards in it since it had been missing for several hours. Much to my surprise everything was intact.</p> <p> Thank you from the bottom of my heart.</p> <p> <em>— Lovey McTavish</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5ca33bdf-0eae-4b90-813f-b67050620aa6 A word to the wise http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a403eaad2-9ca1-4727-8849-f41bbe323803&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:28:00 GMT <p> Jason Carter wrote a Random act of Kindness recently about a woman who helped him when he fell off his bike.</p> <p> I am that woman.</p> <p> I am so happy that he was thanking me. I am so glad that he is OK.</p> <p> It’s so sad that so many people kept driving by without any concern. I didn’t have a cellphone to call 911 and had a hard time getting someone to stop. Many drivers even honked for my car to get out of the way.</p> <p> Wake up, people. It could be you or your loved one. Next time think how you would feel grateful if it were you.</p> <p> <em>— Wendy Tronrud</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:403eaad2-9ca1-4727-8849-f41bbe323803 A word to the wise http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac6629667-700d-4631-af9d-9f9e103c1b75&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:28:00 GMT <p> Jason Carter wrote a Random act of Kindness recently about a woman who helped him when he fell off his bike.</p> <p> I am that woman.</p> <p> I am so happy that he was thanking me. I am so glad that he is OK.</p> <p> It’s so sad that so many people kept driving by without any concern. I didn’t have a cellphone to call 911 and had a hard time getting someone to stop. Many drivers even honked for my car to get out of the way.</p> <p> Wake up, people. It could be you or your loved one. Next time think how you would feel grateful if it were you.</p> <p> <em>— Wendy Tronrud</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c6629667-700d-4631-af9d-9f9e103c1b75 Eleven Good Samaritans in Winnipeg http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ad35238ba-1dc0-4973-91a8-e68628d56af7&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 13 Oct 2012 07:27:00 GMT <p> I was at Fountain Tire in the Southdale Mall when I took a very bad fall. It was a silly accident and totally my own fault, however, I stepped off a curb and started to fall backwards.</p> <p> With no railing to grab onto, I fell on the pavement on my back and really banged my head, shoulders and right side of my body.</p> <p> Instantly I had five or six people around me who were just walking by. They insisted I lie still until I found out what was hurt.</p> <p> One of the Samaritans had a cellphone and wanted to know who to phone. She called my husband at home to tell him what happened.</p> <p> They all determined I needed an ambulance. Guess I wasn’t looking too good at this point and nobody wanted me to get up.</p> <p> During this time, every worker at Fountain Tire checked on me one at a time, and they fielded the calls from my family who were all at work and told them what was going on.</p> <p> The ambulance arrived and I have nothing but praise for the three paramedics who strapped me onto the back board and got me into the ambulance.</p> <p> All I could say to my Good Samaritans was “thank you.” I don’t even know their names, but I really appreciated their help.</p> <p> That evening was particularly busy at St. Boniface Hospital. But after an overnight stay in the ER and several x-rays and scans, I was cleared to go home with nothing worse that bruises.</p> <p> Thank you to the paramedics, the hospital staff in the ER and the observation ward, to the boys at Fountain Tire who phoned a couple of days later to see how I was, and especially to the five or six Good Samaritans who were just passing by and took time to help an old lady who had a silly accident.</p> <p> Thanks to everyone.</p> <p> <em>— Jean Zapski</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:d35238ba-1dc0-4973-91a8-e68628d56af7 Eleven Good Samaritans in Winnipeg http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a6d0f2cd2-41fc-4861-9d6e-38a302aea2c6&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 13 Oct 2012 07:27:00 GMT <p> I was at Fountain Tire in the Southdale Mall when I took a very bad fall. It was a silly accident and totally my own fault, however, I stepped off a curb and started to fall backwards.</p> <p> With no railing to grab onto, I fell on the pavement on my back and really banged my head, shoulders and right side of my body.</p> <p> Instantly I had five or six people around me who were just walking by. They insisted I lie still until I found out what was hurt.</p> <p> One of the Samaritans had a cellphone and wanted to know who to phone. She called my husband at home to tell him what happened.</p> <p> They all determined I needed an ambulance. Guess I wasn’t looking too good at this point and nobody wanted me to get up.</p> <p> During this time, every worker at Fountain Tire checked on me one at a time, and they fielded the calls from my family who were all at work and told them what was going on.</p> <p> The ambulance arrived and I have nothing but praise for the three paramedics who strapped me onto the back board and got me into the ambulance.</p> <p> All I could say to my Good Samaritans was “thank you.” I don’t even know their names, but I really appreciated their help.</p> <p> That evening was particularly busy at St. Boniface Hospital. But after an overnight stay in the ER and several x-rays and scans, I was cleared to go home with nothing worse that bruises.</p> <p> Thank you to the paramedics, the hospital staff in the ER and the observation ward, to the boys at Fountain Tire who phoned a couple of days later to see how I was, and especially to the five or six Good Samaritans who were just passing by and took time to help an old lady who had a silly accident.</p> <p> Thanks to everyone.</p> <p> <em>— Jean Zapski</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:6d0f2cd2-41fc-4861-9d6e-38a302aea2c6 Kindness on the run http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a0a703466-0e0a-4313-9657-fa3ea8a7da85&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:27:00 GMT <p> I just want to send a word of thanks to the kind woman in a white car who saw me running for the bus the other morning. She honked and flagged down the bus driver to wait for me.</p> <p> It was very much appreciated and got my day off to a great start.</p> <p> Thank you!</p> <p> <em>— Rhonda Sandaca</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:0a703466-0e0a-4313-9657-fa3ea8a7da85 Kindness on the run http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac6c04018-1cbc-4d00-8137-c481c9752c32&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:27:00 GMT <p> I just want to send a word of thanks to the kind woman in a white car who saw me running for the bus the other morning. She honked and flagged down the bus driver to wait for me.</p> <p> It was very much appreciated and got my day off to a great start.</p> <p> Thank you!</p> <p> <em>— Rhonda Sandaca</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c6c04018-1cbc-4d00-8137-c481c9752c32 Thanks for the help at the till http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5e4a6b41-37b7-4946-8619-4bf94fd0fb9d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:39:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the lady who helped me at the Westwood Safeway on Sept. 28. I was trying to use the self-serve checkout at about 4:30 p.m. on that day.</p> <p> In this day and age of always being in a hurry to finish your shopping and head home after a day of work, especially on a Friday, I really appreciated her taking the time and the patience to help me.</p> <p> I had never used this method before and had no idea what I was doing. She stayed to help me through the entire procedure, right through until I had the correct change and my receipt.</p> <p> It was very kind and thoughtful of her, and I would like her to know that I really appreciated her help and thoughtfulness.</p> <p> Thank you.</p> <p> <em>— Lesley Mayer</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5e4a6b41-37b7-4946-8619-4bf94fd0fb9d Good Samaritans in Winnipeg http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a74d8e32e-1761-45fa-8950-1a56ad3d2dff&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 12 Oct 2012 07:24:00 GMT <p> Good Samaritans are alive and well and living in Winnipeg.</p> <p> Recently while in Winnipeg for a medical appointment, we returned to our car only to discover a flat tire. Repeated attempts by my husband to retrieve the spare tire from under the car, were unsuccessful.</p> <p> Along came a friendly, much younger couple, who unhesitatingly came to our assistance, and before long, had us on our way.</p> <p> They then insisted on treating us to coffee, and our only payment would be to “pass it on” to someone else in need of help some day.</p> <p> Thanks again, Bernie and Marlene.</p> <p> <em>— Norie Rathwell, Brandon</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:74d8e32e-1761-45fa-8950-1a56ad3d2dff Good Samaritans in Winnipeg http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aa2153055-5338-468e-9a07-065213233039&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 12 Oct 2012 07:24:00 GMT <p> Good Samaritans are alive and well and living in Winnipeg.</p> <p> Recently while in Winnipeg for a medical appointment, we returned to our car only to discover a flat tire. Repeated attempts by my husband to retrieve the spare tire from under the car, were unsuccessful.</p> <p> Along came a friendly, much younger couple, who unhesitatingly came to our assistance, and before long, had us on our way.</p> <p> They then insisted on treating us to coffee, and our only payment would be to “pass it on” to someone else in need of help some day.</p> <p> Thanks again, Bernie and Marlene.</p> <p> <em>— Norie Rathwell, Brandon</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:a2153055-5338-468e-9a07-065213233039 Grateful four http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a042304f0-ef07-424e-ad83-8d2154dc1118&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:23:00 GMT <p> Recently, four of us, “older” women, were enjoying dinner at the Empress of China on Henderson Highway. We really didn’t pay much attention to the people at the table next to us, except that there was a woman, a little girl and grandparents.</p> <p> Imagine our surprise and shock when the waitress brought our fortune cookies and the news that the grandfather had paid our bill when they were leaving.</p> <p> Thanks very much from Helen, Kay, Sally and Bev to this unknown family, whoever you are. We were really stunned.</p> <p> <em>— B. Harris</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:042304f0-ef07-424e-ad83-8d2154dc1118 Grateful four http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a8bfa3d8a-6acf-47bf-8998-18268e4f9de4&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:23:00 GMT <p> Recently, four of us, “older” women, were enjoying dinner at the Empress of China on Henderson Highway. We really didn’t pay much attention to the people at the table next to us, except that there was a woman, a little girl and grandparents.</p> <p> Imagine our surprise and shock when the waitress brought our fortune cookies and the news that the grandfather had paid our bill when they were leaving.</p> <p> Thanks very much from Helen, Kay, Sally and Bev to this unknown family, whoever you are. We were really stunned.</p> <p> <em>— B. Harris</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:8bfa3d8a-6acf-47bf-8998-18268e4f9de4 Thank you, Heidi http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aa465d77c-9a83-4c8a-b05c-9b56e1d2e38d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 07 Oct 2012 07:21:00 GMT <p> A month ago I had a fall.</p> <p> A lady and her son stopped to help me up. She offered to drive me to emergency, but I just wanted to go home. I was most grateful to her as she really went out of her way to do it.</p> <p> Thank you Heidi.</p> <p> I did have to go to emergency in the evening and found I had a broken wrist.</p> <p> <em>— Joyce Babiuk</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:a465d77c-9a83-4c8a-b05c-9b56e1d2e38d Thank you, Heidi http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a32d91438-59f5-47f7-9481-0bc6d700c4ea&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 07 Oct 2012 07:21:00 GMT <p> A month ago I had a fall.</p> <p> A lady and her son stopped to help me up. She offered to drive me to emergency, but I just wanted to go home. I was most grateful to her as she really went out of her way to do it.</p> <p> Thank you Heidi.</p> <p> I did have to go to emergency in the evening and found I had a broken wrist.</p> <p> <em>— Joyce Babiuk</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:32d91438-59f5-47f7-9481-0bc6d700c4ea Thanks for help in getting car back http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ae5314512-6181-4e45-a4e7-1f95184090d9&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 04 Oct 2012 07:53:00 GMT <p> Recently we came out of doctor’s office downtown and looked for our car. It was gone!</p> <p> My husband had missed the sign giving the parking time limits. He wheeled me back to the office (I use a wheelchair, and it was a very hot day.) I waited in the lobby while he went to find out where the car had been towed to and how it could be “redeemed.”</p> <p> I got talking to a charming gentleman, Neil, who said the same thing had happened to him recently. When my husband returned, he was not very happy, but he knew where the car was and how much it cost. He asked how to get a taxi.</p> <p> Just then Neil’s wife, Sue, arrived, and they offered to take us to the impound lot.</p> <p> We tried to say no, but they insisted on driving us through the worst traffic jams you can imagine, down Portage Avenue and up Main Street, gridlock all the way.</p> <p> When we tried to apologize, Neil said, “We’re retired. What else do we have to do?” He told us someone had done the same thing for him.</p> <p> We are extremely grateful to Neil and Sue for their generosity and caring. We’ll pay it forward ASAP.</p> <p> <em>— Peggy Halstead</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:e5314512-6181-4e45-a4e7-1f95184090d9 Coffee and apology appreciated http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a46b7941d-de56-41c3-9ad9-bd3c720d30da&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:51:00 GMT <p> Although frazzled and rushing to get to my son’s Sept. 20 hockey game, I decided I could spare a couple minutes and pick up a coffee at the Tim Hortons on St. Mary’s Road at Warde Avenue along the way, especially as the line up looked to only be five cars long.</p> <p> I took my place in line, placed my order and moved up. Now there were just three cars ahead of me, collecting their orders. I don’t know what the problem was, but that’s where I sat for well over 10 minutes, my stress level rising with each passing one.</p> <p> I couldn’t “escape” either, as the line up behind me grew and grew.</p> <p> Finally, we moved, and I came to the window, impatient and angry. I held out my card to pay, but the young man at the window told me that a lady had already paid for me and wanted to apologize for holding up the line.</p> <p> All that negative energy I was holding inside dissipated instantly, and I actually smiled.</p> <p> To that lady: Thank you. Know that your gesture was appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Kerri Gaminek</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:46b7941d-de56-41c3-9ad9-bd3c720d30da Coffee and apology appreciated http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a76e50ad4-3e42-414f-b2ae-a72e865469a6&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:51:00 GMT <p> Although frazzled and rushing to get to my son’s Sept. 20 hockey game, I decided I could spare a couple minutes and pick up a coffee at the Tim Hortons on St. Mary’s Road at Warde Avenue along the way, especially as the line up looked to only be five cars long.</p> <p> I took my place in line, placed my order and moved up. Now there were just three cars ahead of me, collecting their orders. I don’t know what the problem was, but that’s where I sat for well over 10 minutes, my stress level rising with each passing one.</p> <p> I couldn’t “escape” either, as the line up behind me grew and grew.</p> <p> Finally, we moved, and I came to the window, impatient and angry. I held out my card to pay, but the young man at the window told me that a lady had already paid for me and wanted to apologize for holding up the line.</p> <p> All that negative energy I was holding inside dissipated instantly, and I actually smiled.</p> <p> To that lady: Thank you. Know that your gesture was appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Kerri Gaminek</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:76e50ad4-3e42-414f-b2ae-a72e865469a6 Duke brought home http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a796e38ba-52c7-4db4-852a-3b1a2ee92d88&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 30 Sep 2012 07:12:00 GMT <p> I want to thank the kind stranger who found our dog at Waverley Street and Perimeter Highway on Sept. 22.</p> <p> Part of our fence had been knocked down, which we didn’t know when we let Duke out in the backyard.</p> <p> I was frantic. I stayed home in case Duke came back, and my husband and daughter took their respective cars and went looking for him for about two hours.</p> <p> I called the vet, the pound and the Winnipeg Humane Society. What a relief when I got a call back that Duke had been turned in by a kind stranger who drove him to the humane society.</p> <p> Believe me, that would have been no small feat because Duke hates car rides, and he would have been frantic the whole ride. For the person to continue and take him is unbelievable.</p> <p> Your kindness is appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Sylvie Paterson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:796e38ba-52c7-4db4-852a-3b1a2ee92d88 Duke brought home http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3adedf88b6-3942-453a-bcc5-230e620b2d52&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 30 Sep 2012 07:12:00 GMT <p> I want to thank the kind stranger who found our dog at Waverley Street and Perimeter Highway on Sept. 22.</p> <p> Part of our fence had been knocked down, which we didn’t know when we let Duke out in the backyard.</p> <p> I was frantic. I stayed home in case Duke came back, and my husband and daughter took their respective cars and went looking for him for about two hours.</p> <p> I called the vet, the pound and the Winnipeg Humane Society. What a relief when I got a call back that Duke had been turned in by a kind stranger who drove him to the humane society.</p> <p> Believe me, that would have been no small feat because Duke hates car rides, and he would have been frantic the whole ride. For the person to continue and take him is unbelievable.</p> <p> Your kindness is appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Sylvie Paterson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:dedf88b6-3942-453a-bcc5-230e620b2d52 Thanks for help in getting car back http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a77eb7960-8a00-43b1-a7de-2ef45e5dfc61&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:54:00 GMT <p> Recently we came out of doctor’s office downtown and looked for our car. It was gone!</p> <p> My husband had missed the sign giving the parking time limits. He wheeled me back to the office (I use a wheelchair, and it was a very hot day.) I waited in the lobby while he went to find out where the car had been towed to and how it could be “redeemed.”</p> <p> I got talking to a charming gentleman, Neil, who said the same thing had happened to him recently. When my husband returned, he was not very happy, but he knew where the car was and how much it cost. He asked how to get a taxi.</p> <p> Just then Neil’s wife, Sue, arrived, and they offered to take us to the impound lot.</p> <p> We tried to say no, but they insisted on driving us through the worst traffic jams you can imagine, down Portage Avenue and up Main Street, gridlock all the way.</p> <p> When we tried to apologize, Neil said, “We’re retired. What else do we have to do?” He told us someone had done the same thing for him.</p> <p> We are extremely grateful to Neil and Sue for their generosity and caring. We’ll pay it forward ASAP.</p> <p> <em>— Peggy Halstead</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:77eb7960-8a00-43b1-a7de-2ef45e5dfc61 Toonie and kindness save the day http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a1d6bfcfc-6fa3-4ed8-90b9-79620ba9a62e&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:12:00 GMT <p> I arrived at the Impark public parking lot behind the Woodbine Hotel 15 minutes before a job interview.</p> <p> As I looked at the coin accepter, holding my quarters in one hand, I noticed coin slots for only toonies or loonies. No slots accepted quarters.</p> <p> I cursed and then noticed a nice shiny toonie sitting on top of the ticket box.</p> <p> Saved me from being late for my interview and I’m very thankful to whoever left the toonie behind for me.</p> <p> <em>— Scott Garneau</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:1d6bfcfc-6fa3-4ed8-90b9-79620ba9a62e Toonie and kindness save the day http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a2612581c-5339-4575-a274-2cd8b2871413&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:12:00 GMT <p> I arrived at the Impark public parking lot behind the Woodbine Hotel 15 minutes before a job interview.</p> <p> As I looked at the coin accepter, holding my quarters in one hand, I noticed coin slots for only toonies or loonies. No slots accepted quarters.</p> <p> I cursed and then noticed a nice shiny toonie sitting on top of the ticket box.</p> <p> Saved me from being late for my interview and I’m very thankful to whoever left the toonie behind for me.</p> <p> <em>— Scott Garneau</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:2612581c-5339-4575-a274-2cd8b2871413 Good people in Portage la Prairie http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a09422adf-90e1-43a8-af52-bda8634f37f1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:29:00 GMT <p> I believe in the goodness of people. I experienced an anonymous woman’s goodness in Portage la Prairie at about 2 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Portage Canadian Tire parking lot.</p> <p> I had just bought a gift I was excited about and was in a rush to get home. I took the gift and my other bags out of my cart and put them in my trunk and promptly drove away.</p> <p> A couple of kilometres down the road, I realized that I didn’t have my purse which contained my wallet and my cellphone. I stopped and checked my trunk and suddenly realized that I had left my purse in the cart in the busy Canadian Tire parking lot.</p> <p> I trusted that the people of Portage are good and that when I returned to the store, my purse would be there. Sure enough, as soon as I walked up to Customer Service, there it was on the counter.</p> <p> A friendly man who was in line told me that a woman had just brought it in, saying that she found it in a cart in the parking lot.</p> <p> That wonderful woman did not leave her name, but I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for turning in my purse with all contents intact.</p> <p> I promise to pay your random act of kindness forward. Thank you</p> <p> <em>— Cathie Hamm</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:09422adf-90e1-43a8-af52-bda8634f37f1 Stranger saved the day http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a41cb939d-fdcd-4dfb-9d73-45866622a2e2&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:26:00 GMT <p> I’d like to belatedly thank the kind strangers who stopped to help me when I suffered a bad spill on my bike.</p> <p> It was late June, and I was northbound on Sturgeon Avenue attempting to turn onto the eastbound bike path but was most likely going too fast. I hit a patch of loose gravel and my bike fell out from under me.</p> <p> Thank goodness my helmet took the brunt of the fall, but my cheek/face also hit the bike path and I was knocked unconscious.</p> <p> When I awoke, a woman was standing over me telling me not to get up and that an ambulance had been called. In my dazed state, I tried to convince her that an ambulance was not needed, but she was not buying my argument.</p> <p> I believe there may also have been at least one other person stopped to help, but my memory of the accident is too foggy to be sure.</p> <p> Unfortunately, I was also too dazed to get a name, or even to remember what this lady looks like.</p> <p> So, to the Good Samaritan, if I walk by you out shopping or something, please do not be offended if I do not recognize you and offer my thanks in person.</p> <p> And I have to admit you were right, I did require an ambulance, as my numerous facial fractures and subsequent root canals can attest.</p> <p> And for those readers who enjoy an ironic end to their reading, I found out later that day that my accident occurred on “Ride your Bike to Work Day.”</p> <p> <em>— Jason A. Carter</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:41cb939d-fdcd-4dfb-9d73-45866622a2e2 Should be more like them http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a439e2183-3929-4585-bdf4-32feed948b42&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:25:00 GMT <p> I was involved in a motor collision recently while driving along Kingsway Avenue.</p> <p> My young granddaughter and I were feeling rather shaken up. After info had been exchanged, the other driver left.</p> <p> I was to comfort my granddaughter when a car with two young men pulled up. The driver came out and said that they saw there had been an accident, and wanted to know if they could be of any assistance.</p> <p> They had not witnessed the collision but wanted to make sure that we were alright.</p> <p> I am very grateful for their solicitude and wish that there were more young drivers like them.</p> <p> <em>— Pat Cohen</em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:439e2183-3929-4585-bdf4-32feed948b42 Should be more like them http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3acab60e3a-1075-4fc1-a510-dbdf2825996c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:25:00 GMT <p> I was involved in a motor collision recently while driving along Kingsway Avenue.</p> <p> My young granddaughter and I were feeling rather shaken up. After info had been exchanged, the other driver left.</p> <p> I was to comfort my granddaughter when a car with two young men pulled up. The driver came out and said that they saw there had been an accident, and wanted to know if they could be of any assistance.</p> <p> They had not witnessed the collision but wanted to make sure that we were alright.</p> <p> I am very grateful for their solicitude and wish that there were more young drivers like them.</p> <p> <em>— Pat Cohen</em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:cab60e3a-1075-4fc1-a510-dbdf2825996c Breakfast was a treat http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a2aa3ffe5-15c1-4bb1-8a89-38acb32d5190&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:25:00 GMT <p> I went to Perkins Restaurant on Vermillion Road with a friend.</p> <p> We met my daughter and son-in-law for breakfast. When we got up to leave, my friend went to pay at the counter.</p> <p> He was informed that the bill was already paid by someone. We don’t know who that very kind person was, but I want to say thank you very much. I hope they read this special act of kindness in the newspaper.</p> <p> <em>— M. Reimer</em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:2aa3ffe5-15c1-4bb1-8a89-38acb32d5190 Breakfast was a treat http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a2e4eef57-0a8c-4830-bf60-5aa326009d7b&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:25:00 GMT <p> I went to Perkins Restaurant on Vermillion Road with a friend.</p> <p> We met my daughter and son-in-law for breakfast. When we got up to leave, my friend went to pay at the counter.</p> <p> He was informed that the bill was already paid by someone. We don’t know who that very kind person was, but I want to say thank you very much. I hope they read this special act of kindness in the newspaper.</p> <p> <em>— M. Reimer</em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:2e4eef57-0a8c-4830-bf60-5aa326009d7b Students to the rescue http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3acf18f4dc-eb4c-426e-961e-54307aed3b1f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:24:00 GMT <p> Everyone knows how frustrating it is to be stuck in traffic. Well, I was the cause of it last week and it does not feel good.</p> <p> I was driving my son to his first day of high school when my car broke down about a block before the school on Grant Avenue. He got out and ran to school, and I got on my phone to figure out what to do.</p> <p> A young woman came to my window and asked, if she got a bunch of people together, would I like them to push my car off the road and of course I said yes.</p> <p> Within minutes she had gathered some other fine young students, and they pushed me onto Shaftesbury, all the way into the Mennonite Church parking lot.</p> <p> I think they were CMU students, but I’m not sure as I was a little preoccupied on my phone and dealing with my crying daughter in the back seat.</p> <p> I said thanks, but I would like to let everyone else know about these great students who saved me and all the other people in traffic.</p> <p> Thanks again and to the drivers who honked at me in frustration, I hope you read this and will be a little kinder next time.</p> <p> <em>— Jane Klassen</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:cf18f4dc-eb4c-426e-961e-54307aed3b1f Students to the rescue http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a76bdee82-cbf1-44f0-8feb-45ca395b85da&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:24:00 GMT <p> Everyone knows how frustrating it is to be stuck in traffic. Well, I was the cause of it last week and it does not feel good.</p> <p> I was driving my son to his first day of high school when my car broke down about a block before the school on Grant Avenue. He got out and ran to school, and I got on my phone to figure out what to do.</p> <p> A young woman came to my window and asked, if she got a bunch of people together, would I like them to push my car off the road and of course I said yes.</p> <p> Within minutes she had gathered some other fine young students, and they pushed me onto Shaftesbury, all the way into the Mennonite Church parking lot.</p> <p> I think they were CMU students, but I’m not sure as I was a little preoccupied on my phone and dealing with my crying daughter in the back seat.</p> <p> I said thanks, but I would like to let everyone else know about these great students who saved me and all the other people in traffic.</p> <p> Thanks again and to the drivers who honked at me in frustration, I hope you read this and will be a little kinder next time.</p> <p> <em>— Jane Klassen</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:76bdee82-cbf1-44f0-8feb-45ca395b85da Kind young man helps with bill http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a1f8c1478-847f-404a-b202-6564e1613d75&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:13:00 GMT <p> My husband, granddaughter and I returned on an Air Canada flight from Toronto arriving in Winnipeg about 10 a.m. Aug 18.</p> <p> We decided to go out for an early lunch at Joey’s Restaurant on Pembina Highway. When I opened my wallet to pay for the lunch, I discovered my Master Card and all my cash except for $26 dollars was missing. Our bill was for $31.</p> <p> Needless to say I was quite upset to discover my card was missing. What was I to do since I was short $5? My husband and granddaughter didn’t have any money. The employee was looking at us as if we were trying to pull a fast one.</p> <p> A young man standing there came to our rescue and handed over the $5 to cover the amount. I was flustered about it all and although I did say thank you, he left before I got his name. But I was most thankful for his kindness to a senior lady.</p> <p> I subsequently discovered the card must have been stolen from my purse while we were on the flight and close to $2,000 was transacted that morning in Winnipeg before I discovered the card was missing.</p> <p> A note of caution: be careful what is stored in your bag under the seat when flying.</p> <p> <em>— Irene Huska</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:1f8c1478-847f-404a-b202-6564e1613d75 Kind young man helps with bill http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3acb6acffe-f7e7-4220-b50b-9615ae32fbd1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:13:00 GMT <p> My husband, granddaughter and I returned on an Air Canada flight from Toronto arriving in Winnipeg about 10 a.m. Aug 18.</p> <p> We decided to go out for an early lunch at Joey’s Restaurant on Pembina Highway. When I opened my wallet to pay for the lunch, I discovered my Master Card and all my cash except for $26 dollars was missing. Our bill was for $31.</p> <p> Needless to say I was quite upset to discover my card was missing. What was I to do since I was short $5? My husband and granddaughter didn’t have any money. The employee was looking at us as if we were trying to pull a fast one.</p> <p> A young man standing there came to our rescue and handed over the $5 to cover the amount. I was flustered about it all and although I did say thank you, he left before I got his name. But I was most thankful for his kindness to a senior lady.</p> <p> I subsequently discovered the card must have been stolen from my purse while we were on the flight and close to $2,000 was transacted that morning in Winnipeg before I discovered the card was missing.</p> <p> A note of caution: be careful what is stored in your bag under the seat when flying.</p> <p> <em>— Irene Huska</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:cb6acffe-f7e7-4220-b50b-9615ae32fbd1 People are amazing http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a8845aa66-e062-41c0-90b5-20ea79184f4e&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:12:00 GMT <p> It’s days like this I’m proud to meet amazing people in this world.</p> <p> Another ordinary day at my restaurant, Comodo Chinese Restaurant, and a couple comes in — her name was Diane, I forget his — eats, has some wine, and overhears another customer telling me he can only afford so much. So the couple ended up paying for that man’s meal, not even knowing the gentleman.</p> <p> People amaze me.</p> <p> <em>— Thomas Li</em></p> <p> <em>Gimli</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:8845aa66-e062-41c0-90b5-20ea79184f4e People are amazing http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9f48769c-1a3d-4c10-9e20-facd2fe84cfe&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:12:00 GMT <p> It’s days like this I’m proud to meet amazing people in this world.</p> <p> Another ordinary day at my restaurant, Comodo Chinese Restaurant, and a couple comes in — her name was Diane, I forget his — eats, has some wine, and overhears another customer telling me he can only afford so much. So the couple ended up paying for that man’s meal, not even knowing the gentleman.</p> <p> People amaze me.</p> <p> <em>— Thomas Li</em></p> <p> <em>Gimli</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9f48769c-1a3d-4c10-9e20-facd2fe84cfe Starbucks staff to the rescue http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a02729b5b-fe67-40c5-91d2-ce528258c971&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 17 Sep 2012 08:11:00 GMT <p> I was driving north on Pembina Highway when my car stopped on Aug. 30. I was in the middle lane in rush hour.</p> <p> Being a senior, I needed someone to help get the car into the parking lot. I asked for help at the nearby Starbucks.</p> <p> Thanks to the man who got my car’s gear transmission into Drive when I couldn’t</p> <p> Finally we got the car in the parking lot. I called CAA to get a tow truck. They arrived two hours later with a tow truck from Anola.</p> <p> These young people from Starbucks calmed me down and put my groceries in the fridge and freezer. Thanks a million Michelle, Shannon and Lucas for helping me.</p> <p> <em>— Daphne Williams </em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:02729b5b-fe67-40c5-91d2-ce528258c971 Starbucks staff to the rescue http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5387e6d0-5093-4d2e-9287-67b38a4c3f01&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 17 Sep 2012 08:11:00 GMT <p> I was driving north on Pembina Highway when my car stopped on Aug. 30. I was in the middle lane in rush hour.</p> <p> Being a senior, I needed someone to help get the car into the parking lot. I asked for help at the nearby Starbucks.</p> <p> Thanks to the man who got my car’s gear transmission into Drive when I couldn’t</p> <p> Finally we got the car in the parking lot. I called CAA to get a tow truck. They arrived two hours later with a tow truck from Anola.</p> <p> These young people from Starbucks calmed me down and put my groceries in the fridge and freezer. Thanks a million Michelle, Shannon and Lucas for helping me.</p> <p> <em>— Daphne Williams </em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5387e6d0-5093-4d2e-9287-67b38a4c3f01 Lighting their fire http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a3202afae-440b-44b0-b4fb-566a47826485&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 15 Sep 2012 08:10:00 GMT <p> We were camping at the Red River Campground in East Grand Forks late August.</p> <p> We were pleasantly surprised to find 3 bundles of fire wood left on our picnic table.</p> <p> We believe the kindness was from our fellow Manitobans across the street.</p> <p> We thank them very much and may we be able to return the favor some day.</p> <p> <em>— Gordon and Millie Dalik</em></p> <p> <em>Aka Comfy and Ohdear</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:3202afae-440b-44b0-b4fb-566a47826485 Lighting their fire http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a051a426c-309c-4474-b124-8abbc2c616d3&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 15 Sep 2012 08:10:00 GMT <p> We were camping at the Red River Campground in East Grand Forks late August.</p> <p> We were pleasantly surprised to find 3 bundles of fire wood left on our picnic table.</p> <p> We believe the kindness was from our fellow Manitobans across the street.</p> <p> We thank them very much and may we be able to return the favor some day.</p> <p> <em>— Gordon and Millie Dalik</em></p> <p> <em>Aka Comfy and Ohdear</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:051a426c-309c-4474-b124-8abbc2c616d3 Nova Scotia visitor helps out http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a3635d79b-915e-435b-bb12-352badb998d1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:41:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the man from Nova Scotia who helped me at the Sobeys parking lot on Burrows Avenue and Keewatin Street.</p> <p> I had just finished shopping and had put my groceries into the truck and went to start it. Unfortunately, nothing happened. So I phoned CAA and was told it would be an hour or two wait.</p> <p> It was one of those very hot days we had, in the 40s with the humidity. All I could think of was my wilted lettuce, etc. in my grocery bags that would be no good after two hours in this humidity.</p> <p> A man parked two spots over from my truck put his groceries (which I think included meat) into his truck and came to help me.</p> <p> Turned out it was my battery. I needed a new one. He helped me for over an hour with the sweat just dripping off him.</p> <p> Finally CAA came, and I got my vehicle started. It was so nice to have someone stop to ask if I needed help, especially a visitor to our province from Nova Scotia.</p> <p> I tried to give him something but he refused. I promised to pay it forward.</p> <p> <em>— Julie Ekosky</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:3635d79b-915e-435b-bb12-352badb998d1 Nova Scotia visitor helps out http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9818df3b-b89c-425a-8994-908ca9d8bbe5&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:41:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the man from Nova Scotia who helped me at the Sobeys parking lot on Burrows Avenue and Keewatin Street.</p> <p> I had just finished shopping and had put my groceries into the truck and went to start it. Unfortunately, nothing happened. So I phoned CAA and was told it would be an hour or two wait.</p> <p> It was one of those very hot days we had, in the 40s with the humidity. All I could think of was my wilted lettuce, etc. in my grocery bags that would be no good after two hours in this humidity.</p> <p> A man parked two spots over from my truck put his groceries (which I think included meat) into his truck and came to help me.</p> <p> Turned out it was my battery. I needed a new one. He helped me for over an hour with the sweat just dripping off him.</p> <p> Finally CAA came, and I got my vehicle started. It was so nice to have someone stop to ask if I needed help, especially a visitor to our province from Nova Scotia.</p> <p> I tried to give him something but he refused. I promised to pay it forward.</p> <p> <em>— Julie Ekosky</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9818df3b-b89c-425a-8994-908ca9d8bbe5 Thoughtfulness appreciated http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a04a1f55c-74fd-440c-8ebe-0cd4310cb2bf&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:39:00 GMT <p> Four hours after leaving the Superstore on Gateway Road, I realized I did not retrieve the $20 cashback I requested at the self-checkout machine.</p> <p> Not feeling very optimistic, I returned to the store in the hope it would be waiting for me at the customer service counter. Much to my delight and surprise it was!</p> <p> I don’t know what I was more excited about — the receipt of the $20 or simply the fact that it was turned in by an honest and considerate person.</p> <p> Thank you whoever you are. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.  </p> <p> <em>— B. Diane Skalenda</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:04a1f55c-74fd-440c-8ebe-0cd4310cb2bf Thoughtfulness appreciated http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a31016f75-b897-47c7-9ac3-4381112786ff&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:39:00 GMT <p> Four hours after leaving the Superstore on Gateway Road, I realized I did not retrieve the $20 cashback I requested at the self-checkout machine.</p> <p> Not feeling very optimistic, I returned to the store in the hope it would be waiting for me at the customer service counter. Much to my delight and surprise it was!</p> <p> I don’t know what I was more excited about — the receipt of the $20 or simply the fact that it was turned in by an honest and considerate person.</p> <p> Thank you whoever you are. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.  </p> <p> <em>— B. Diane Skalenda</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:31016f75-b897-47c7-9ac3-4381112786ff Two, count ‘em, two acts of kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3adc5a94ed-29fb-465d-8f25-6427abae36be&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:38:00 GMT <p> Arms aching with the weight of a flat of bottled water, I was dismayed to see a long, long lineup for the cashier at a local pharmacy.</p> <p> Within seconds, a smiling young woman spied my discomfort, scooped up my burden and put it on top of her laden cart. When I demurred, she said “Oh, you’ve just got the one item!”</p> <p> If anyone else in the line noticed, no one objected, which was good of them.</p> <p> Much relieved and very grateful, I started out to my car. A few steps out the door, a young man stopped to ask whether he could carry my burden.</p> <p> Not one, but two, lovely experiences of kindness and goodness within minutes. Wow.</p> <p> <em>— Dawn MacFarlane</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:dc5a94ed-29fb-465d-8f25-6427abae36be Two, count ‘em, two acts of kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a6cea94b5-ea40-4211-b260-b7841c64b311&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:38:00 GMT <p> Arms aching with the weight of a flat of bottled water, I was dismayed to see a long, long lineup for the cashier at a local pharmacy.</p> <p> Within seconds, a smiling young woman spied my discomfort, scooped up my burden and put it on top of her laden cart. When I demurred, she said “Oh, you’ve just got the one item!”</p> <p> If anyone else in the line noticed, no one objected, which was good of them.</p> <p> Much relieved and very grateful, I started out to my car. A few steps out the door, a young man stopped to ask whether he could carry my burden.</p> <p> Not one, but two, lovely experiences of kindness and goodness within minutes. Wow.</p> <p> <em>— Dawn MacFarlane</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:6cea94b5-ea40-4211-b260-b7841c64b311 Valiant act at The Forks http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a68f26da9-6f91-45ce-8b8a-c2414349cd4c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:29:00 GMT <p> I was at The Forks for the Barge Festival celebrating the 200 years of the Selkirk Settlers. By the wharf, it was literally packed with people, elbow to elbow.</p> <p> What a wonderful bunch of courteous people all in one place, people of all races.</p> <p> I had my shopping cart with me to tote my lawn chair and cushion. I left early, and when I turned around to leave, there was no space to pull my cart through.</p> <p> Everyone was sitting on lawn chairs and a few in wheelchairs. I stood puzzled for a few seconds. A very nice handsome guy, about 30 years old, lifted up my cart, lawn chair and all, over the heads of the other spectators in order for me to proceed on my way.</p> <p> A big thanks to this wonderful guy, and all of the courteous people who attended the festival.</p> <p> <em>— Bonnie Carlson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:68f26da9-6f91-45ce-8b8a-c2414349cd4c Valiant act at The Forks http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ae15e7c38-fc6a-4875-af0b-4c12f6d55296&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:29:00 GMT <p> I was at The Forks for the Barge Festival celebrating the 200 years of the Selkirk Settlers. By the wharf, it was literally packed with people, elbow to elbow.</p> <p> What a wonderful bunch of courteous people all in one place, people of all races.</p> <p> I had my shopping cart with me to tote my lawn chair and cushion. I left early, and when I turned around to leave, there was no space to pull my cart through.</p> <p> Everyone was sitting on lawn chairs and a few in wheelchairs. I stood puzzled for a few seconds. A very nice handsome guy, about 30 years old, lifted up my cart, lawn chair and all, over the heads of the other spectators in order for me to proceed on my way.</p> <p> A big thanks to this wonderful guy, and all of the courteous people who attended the festival.</p> <p> <em>— Bonnie Carlson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:e15e7c38-fc6a-4875-af0b-4c12f6d55296 First in a long chain of kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a05492d8a-388f-4db7-8ea6-6041208a3d3e&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 09 Sep 2012 08:21:00 GMT <p> Two men in a pick-up truck happened to see me crash off my in-line skates adjacent to St. Anne’s Road.</p> <p> A driver named Jim made the first U-turn that he could to come back to my assistance. With the help of his companion, whose name I’m sorry to say I can’t remember, I was safely lifted into their truck and driven to my home not far away.</p> <p> A further ambulance ride to the hospital and a slow convalescence and I am nearly back to normal.</p> <p> As my first two links in a long chain of kindness, these two men from St. Vital showed me real generosity in a truly voluntary act. Thank you again.</p> <p> <em>— Ed Smith</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:05492d8a-388f-4db7-8ea6-6041208a3d3e First in a long chain of kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3adae88519-6678-4318-8053-f7a90e89c5d5&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 09 Sep 2012 08:21:00 GMT <p> Two men in a pick-up truck happened to see me crash off my in-line skates adjacent to St. Anne’s Road.</p> <p> A driver named Jim made the first U-turn that he could to come back to my assistance. With the help of his companion, whose name I’m sorry to say I can’t remember, I was safely lifted into their truck and driven to my home not far away.</p> <p> A further ambulance ride to the hospital and a slow convalescence and I am nearly back to normal.</p> <p> As my first two links in a long chain of kindness, these two men from St. Vital showed me real generosity in a truly voluntary act. Thank you again.</p> <p> <em>— Ed Smith</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:dae88519-6678-4318-8053-f7a90e89c5d5 Special treat for dancers http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a79bd5575-6e7f-4752-97e4-67b9725203cd&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT <p> My friend Bianca and I are dancers.</p> <p> We had a long break between our ballet and modern classes one Saturday afternoon, and we decided we would go get pizza. </p> <p> There was a lady in line behind us in the restaurant. I was in the middle of counting my money when the lady randomly started paying for our pizza. She told me to put my money away.</p> <p> My friend and I were so surprised.</p> <p> We thanked her very much for doing that for us.</p> <p> This lady was very generous and my friend Bianca and I want her to  know how much we enjoyed and appreciated our pizza treat!<br /> <em>-- Jordan Berenhaut, Age 10</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:79bd5575-6e7f-4752-97e4-67b9725203cd Special treat for dancers http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a59cd801c-7523-4aab-ac07-638fa3ea73de&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT <p> My friend Bianca and I are dancers.</p> <p> We had a long break between our ballet and modern classes one Saturday afternoon, and we decided we would go get pizza. </p> <p> There was a lady in line behind us in the restaurant. I was in the middle of counting my money when the lady randomly started paying for our pizza. She told me to put my money away.</p> <p> My friend and I were so surprised.</p> <p> We thanked her very much for doing that for us.</p> <p> This lady was very generous and my friend Bianca and I want her to  know how much we enjoyed and appreciated our pizza treat!<br /> <em>-- Jordan Berenhaut, Age 10</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:59cd801c-7523-4aab-ac07-638fa3ea73de Missed bus to help http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aef3e34ee-311c-44f4-88d5-530c1c4f3167&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:21:00 GMT <p> I was power walking on St. Mary’s Road and tripped on the sidewalk and broke my wrist.</p> <p> I approached a lady waiting at the bus stop. She phoned my husband and was willing to miss her bus to stay with me until I got help.</p> <p> Many thanks for your kindness.</p> <p> <em>— Joyce Denike</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:ef3e34ee-311c-44f4-88d5-530c1c4f3167 Missed bus to help http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ab32de5f4-1b83-4a56-9c83-8af39c5f40fd&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:21:00 GMT <p> I was power walking on St. Mary’s Road and tripped on the sidewalk and broke my wrist.</p> <p> I approached a lady waiting at the bus stop. She phoned my husband and was willing to miss her bus to stay with me until I got help.</p> <p> Many thanks for your kindness.</p> <p> <em>— Joyce Denike</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:b32de5f4-1b83-4a56-9c83-8af39c5f40fd Passing on good karma http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a18bc7c41-2c5a-4826-b6c5-201a5b549a9c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 03 Sep 2012 07:38:00 GMT <p> I had dropped my hubby off at the doors of the Manitoba Clinic, and went into the parkade to find a parking spot.</p> <p> After I had just parked the car and was placing the keys in my purse, a lady two stalls down came up to me and said, “Here, you might as well use my ticket. There’s still an hour and a half left on it. I’ll just back out and you take my spot!”</p> <p> So, I thanked her and told her how nice that was of her, then got into my car and once she backed out, I pulled in.</p> <p> This was so sweet of her! It really helped me out as I would have had to looked for an ATM before I could have paid for the parking. And my husband was waiting for me to join him in the doctor’s office.</p> <p> Not only did she pass on good Karma to me, but her young child who was with her was being taught a very precious lesson of how to treat other people. Congrats to this generous lady.</p> <p> <em>— Lynda Miller</em></p> <p> <em>Selkirk</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:18bc7c41-2c5a-4826-b6c5-201a5b549a9c Passing on good karma http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a906c0832-97cb-4c10-b163-f8e78a7accc8&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 03 Sep 2012 07:38:00 GMT <p> I had dropped my hubby off at the doors of the Manitoba Clinic, and went into the parkade to find a parking spot.</p> <p> After I had just parked the car and was placing the keys in my purse, a lady two stalls down came up to me and said, “Here, you might as well use my ticket. There’s still an hour and a half left on it. I’ll just back out and you take my spot!”</p> <p> So, I thanked her and told her how nice that was of her, then got into my car and once she backed out, I pulled in.</p> <p> This was so sweet of her! It really helped me out as I would have had to looked for an ATM before I could have paid for the parking. And my husband was waiting for me to join him in the doctor’s office.</p> <p> Not only did she pass on good Karma to me, but her young child who was with her was being taught a very precious lesson of how to treat other people. Congrats to this generous lady.</p> <p> <em>— Lynda Miller</em></p> <p> <em>Selkirk</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:906c0832-97cb-4c10-b163-f8e78a7accc8 They cared enough to stop http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a536ff480-77e7-4de5-93f8-bb69056b8c2c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:36:00 GMT <p> I live in Regina and I would like to applaud and thank the wonderful people who stopped to assist when I had an accident on Highway 59 heading north to Hillside Beach on Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.</p> <p> I lost control of my vehicle and after a wild ride through the ditch and into a field, I found myself upside down, hanging by my seat belt.</p> <p> The people driving directly behind me stopped immediately as did others and ran to my car and got me out. More travellers stopped when they saw the car sitting on its roof, one being a paramedic and another being a nurse.</p> <p> Without the help of these great people, I would not have been able to get out of the vehicle.</p> <p> My heartfelt thanks to all who helped me and to all who care enough to stop when a fellow human being is in distress.</p> <p> <em>— Sharon Bergerman</em></p> <p> <em>Regina, Saskatchewan</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:536ff480-77e7-4de5-93f8-bb69056b8c2c They cared enough to stop http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a797ad5b9-b442-47c9-a9a9-bc95e24dbf03&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:36:00 GMT <p> I live in Regina and I would like to applaud and thank the wonderful people who stopped to assist when I had an accident on Highway 59 heading north to Hillside Beach on Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.</p> <p> I lost control of my vehicle and after a wild ride through the ditch and into a field, I found myself upside down, hanging by my seat belt.</p> <p> The people driving directly behind me stopped immediately as did others and ran to my car and got me out. More travellers stopped when they saw the car sitting on its roof, one being a paramedic and another being a nurse.</p> <p> Without the help of these great people, I would not have been able to get out of the vehicle.</p> <p> My heartfelt thanks to all who helped me and to all who care enough to stop when a fellow human being is in distress.</p> <p> <em>— Sharon Bergerman</em></p> <p> <em>Regina, Saskatchewan</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:797ad5b9-b442-47c9-a9a9-bc95e24dbf03 One great neighbourhood http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aea594dd7-0d9d-45ab-b894-15bef841cf9f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 29 Aug 2012 07:52:00 GMT <p> My husband was the beneficiary of some very kind neighbours we barely know.</p> <p> In the spring recycling Leave it on the Curb campaign, we were a victim of enthusiasm in that someone came halfway into the front yard and removed a metal park bench from under some spruce trees.</p> <p> Giving the benefit of the doubt, my husband pasted a large sign in the spot the bench was taken from asking that whoever took it mistakenly return it, “no questions asked.” Nobody did, so in the following months, the sign remained.</p> <p> Recently, we returned home to find a note and a brand new bench sitting in the driveway. A neighbour two doors away, Deb Dorsett, explained that she felt bad about the stolen bench whenever she saw the sign, so out of the goodness of her heart, decided to replace it when she saw one on sale.</p> <p> What wonderful neighbourhood to live in after all.</p> <p> <em>— Otto and Roberta So</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:ea594dd7-0d9d-45ab-b894-15bef841cf9f One great neighbourhood http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5bc1f078-c49d-4c9b-a68e-48efac580f29&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 29 Aug 2012 07:52:00 GMT <p> My husband was the beneficiary of some very kind neighbours we barely know.</p> <p> In the spring recycling Leave it on the Curb campaign, we were a victim of enthusiasm in that someone came halfway into the front yard and removed a metal park bench from under some spruce trees.</p> <p> Giving the benefit of the doubt, my husband pasted a large sign in the spot the bench was taken from asking that whoever took it mistakenly return it, “no questions asked.” Nobody did, so in the following months, the sign remained.</p> <p> Recently, we returned home to find a note and a brand new bench sitting in the driveway. A neighbour two doors away, Deb Dorsett, explained that she felt bad about the stolen bench whenever she saw the sign, so out of the goodness of her heart, decided to replace it when she saw one on sale.</p> <p> What wonderful neighbourhood to live in after all.</p> <p> <em>— Otto and Roberta So</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5bc1f078-c49d-4c9b-a68e-48efac580f29 Saving the northern dogs http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a856b3512-7943-44a9-8c1c-d628a5a22f26&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:51:00 GMT <p> I wanted to give a huge thank-you to Randy Gauthier who donated the use of a very large cargo van to bring up supplies, such as food, medication and shelters for the animals of Norway House.</p> <p> His kind donation allowed a rescue coalition to bring up more than we imagined and bring back even more dogs than we thought we would be able to. These dogs went to different rescue agencies around Winnipeg. These agencies rely solely on the kindness of people like Randy Gauthier. Without people like him, this would not have been possible.</p> <p> These dogs are starving, abused and in the winter months, many freeze to death. Randy Gauthier made a difference for these animals and his “random act of kindness” is so very much appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Tracy Kirton</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:856b3512-7943-44a9-8c1c-d628a5a22f26 Saving the northern dogs http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ab5d7338e-ef1c-48c8-a8d7-ec1cfc0010cc&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:51:00 GMT <p> I wanted to give a huge thank you to Randy Gauthier who donated the use of a very large cargo van to bring up supplies, such as food, medication and shelters for the animals of Norway House.</p> <p> His kind donation allowed a rescue coalition to bring up more than we imagined and bring back even more dogs than we thought we would be able to. These dogs went to different rescue agencies around Winnipeg. These agencies rely solely on the kindness of people like Randy Gauthier. Without people like him, this would not have been possible.</p> <p> These dogs are starving, abused and in the winter months, many freeze to death. Randy Gauthier made a difference for these animals and his “random act of kindness” is so very much appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Tracy Kirton</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:b5d7338e-ef1c-48c8-a8d7-ec1cfc0010cc Timmy’s is the best http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3accad57cb-8aeb-4fbd-9af0-29ad8bbdeff4&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:50:00 GMT <p> I thought I had enough time to purchase a cup of coffee early one Monday before boarding my Chicago-bound United flight.</p> <p> I heard my name paged to board when I was two customers away from the cashier and had to abandon my coffee.</p> <p> While my boarding pass was scanned, the Tim Hortons cashier (whose name I do not know) walked over to me with a complementary cup of coffee.</p> <p> To me, this lady is the epitome of kindness. She went the extra mile to make someone feel good without receiving anything in return. How sweet and caring.</p> <p> Tim Hortons should be proud of their employee. She also gives Winnipeg a good name.</p> <p> <em>— Michele Zell Kanter</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:ccad57cb-8aeb-4fbd-9af0-29ad8bbdeff4 Timmy’s is the best http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a2cc818db-5ddd-4741-869a-7d54d5b53048&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:50:00 GMT <p> I thought I had enough time to purchase a cup of coffee early one Monday before boarding my Chicago-bound United flight.</p> <p> I heard my name paged to board when I was two customers away from the cashier and had to abandon my coffee.</p> <p> While my boarding pass was scanned, the Tim Hortons cashier (whose name I do not know) walked over to me with a complementary cup of coffee.</p> <p> To me, this lady is the epitome of kindness. She went the extra mile to make someone feel good without receiving anything in return. How sweet and caring.</p> <p> Tim Hortons should be proud of their employee. She also gives Winnipeg a good name.</p> <p> <em>— Michele Zell Kanter</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:2cc818db-5ddd-4741-869a-7d54d5b53048 Sick bird finds caring Bomber fans http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a6db67150-9499-4891-b7b9-3840e386ef7e&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:39:00 GMT <p> At a recent Bomber game, towards the end of the second quarter, there was a bit of commotion in the first few rows of sections 3 and 3A.</p> <p> A bird had landed on the railing of the upper deck. It appeared to be a small hawk. Everyone in the area promptly began taking pictures with their phones. However nobody disturbed the bird.</p> <p> It continued to rest where it had landed, completely unaffected by the noise going on around it. People continued to photograph it.</p> <p> At the end of the game, which was VERY loud, the bird had not moved. Obviously it was either ill or too weak to fly.</p> <p> I am a veterinarian. Once the stands had cleared a little, I was easily able to wrap it in my jacket, examine it and finding no obvious problems other than it was very thin, I took it home with me for the night.</p> <p> The next morning, I took the bird, which has been identified as a Merlin (a member of the falcon family), to the Manitoba Wildlife Haven. It will be cared for there until it is stronger and can be released.</p> <p> I would like to thank all the Bomber fans who were so courteous to let this little bird rest undisturbed throughout the game. And thank you also to the people who were genuinely concerned for its welfare when I was examining it.</p> <p> Also, a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at the Manitoba Wildlife Haven who care for so many species of ill and injured wildlife.</p> <p> You all help make the world a better place.</p> <p> <em>— Annette Fleming, Oakbank</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:6db67150-9499-4891-b7b9-3840e386ef7e Sick bird finds caring Bomber fans http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5e4963b0-06b4-4f13-aed9-27c979e48639&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:39:00 GMT <p> At a recent Bomber game, towards the end of the second quarter, there was a bit of commotion in the first few rows of sections 3 and 3A.</p> <p> A bird had landed on the railing of the upper deck. It appeared to be a small hawk. Everyone in the area promptly began taking pictures with their phones. However nobody disturbed the bird.</p> <p> It continued to rest where it had landed, completely unaffected by the noise going on around it. People continued to photograph it.</p> <p> At the end of the game, which was VERY loud, the bird had not moved. Obviously it was either ill or too weak to fly.</p> <p> I am a veterinarian. Once the stands had cleared a little, I was easily able to wrap it in my jacket, examine it and finding no obvious problems other than it was very thin, I took it home with me for the night.</p> <p> The next morning, I took the bird, which has been identified as a Merlin (a member of the falcon family), to the Manitoba Wildlife Haven. It will be cared for there until it is stronger and can be released.</p> <p> I would like to thank all the Bomber fans who were so courteous to let this little bird rest undisturbed throughout the game. And thank you also to the people who were genuinely concerned for its welfare when I was examining it.</p> <p> Also, a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at the Manitoba Wildlife Haven who care for so many species of ill and injured wildlife.</p> <p> You all help make the world a better place.</p> <p> <em>— Annette Fleming, Oakbank</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5e4963b0-06b4-4f13-aed9-27c979e48639 World is kinder than you think http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3adb1a4d42-ad32-425d-b85e-d58c589067a0&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 25 Aug 2012 07:37:00 GMT <p> I’d been on crutches for 23 agonizing days.</p> <p> I went to Tim Horton’s on my way to work. When I got to the window to pay, the people told me the lady in front of me had paid for my breakfast.</p> <p> Being on crutches has been a real challenge for me. The pain in my knee is rather unbearable at times, and that morning, a dreary Monday morning, I was feeling quite terrible about it all.</p> <p> To the lovely, beautiful, amazing, benevolent woman who was driving the green Passat, thank you for your generosity. Your act of kindness brought tears of gratitude to my eyes.</p> <p> Sometimes the world can be kind, more kind than you think.</p> <p> <em>— V. Bodie</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:db1a4d42-ad32-425d-b85e-d58c589067a0 World is kinder than you think http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5be27e11-db2d-4ca8-968f-646d795cdd65&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 25 Aug 2012 07:37:00 GMT <p> I’d been on crutches for 23 agonizing days.</p> <p> I went to Tim Horton’s on my way to work. When I got to the window to pay, the people told me the lady in front of me had paid for my breakfast.</p> <p> Being on crutches has been a real challenge for me. The pain in my knee is rather unbearable at times, and that morning, a dreary Monday morning, I was feeling quite terrible about it all.</p> <p> To the lovely, beautiful, amazing, benevolent woman who was driving the green Passat, thank you for your generosity. Your act of kindness brought tears of gratitude to my eyes.</p> <p> Sometimes the world can be kind, more kind than you think.</p> <p> <em>— V. Bodie</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5be27e11-db2d-4ca8-968f-646d795cdd65 Thanks, Pam and Mark http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac68bdec0-306c-44ab-86bb-6b05eaba4a3e&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:37:00 GMT <p> I almost cried!</p> <p> I had a delicious supper at the Kiev Pavilion during Folklorama and was looking forward to the stage program. But I couldn’t see the stage or the performance because I was sitting at the end of a long table quite a way from the stage.</p> <p> A couple next to me saw my predicament and offered to change seats since they were taller. I insisted that it wasn’t fair to them, but they stood up and we changed seats.</p> <p> I enjoyed the program very much, and I hope they did too.</p> <p> Thank you, Pam and Mark.</p> <p> <em>— Grace Karpiak</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c68bdec0-306c-44ab-86bb-6b05eaba4a3e Thanks, Pam and Mark http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a7247ebd5-d685-4b69-ba18-ec6060666f7b&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:37:00 GMT <p> I almost cried!</p> <p> I had a delicious supper at the Kiev Pavilion during Folklorama and was looking forward to the stage program. But I couldn’t see the stage or the performance because I was sitting at the end of a long table quite a way from the stage.</p> <p> A couple next to me saw my predicament and offered to change seats since they were taller. I insisted that it wasn’t fair to them, but they stood up and we changed seats.</p> <p> I enjoyed the program very much, and I hope they did too.</p> <p> Thank you, Pam and Mark.</p> <p> <em>— Grace Karpiak</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:7247ebd5-d685-4b69-ba18-ec6060666f7b Kudos to dog searchers http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac7e244bb-ca50-4a5f-ad3f-ab39cc430745&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:02:00 GMT <p> Being a dog lover, I get great satisfaction and feel joy every day from checking the Facebook page Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert, where I see total strangers helping other strangers find their lost dogs. Winnipeggers are amazing and loving people, showing it by helping a person in need or an animal in need.<br /> On this Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert site, I read the postings by people who care so much and take the time to go out and actively search for a dog that is missing. And I mean actively get out there and search, to help the grieving owner. It truly amazes me.<br /> It is my feel-good moment of my day to check in and see how many dogs have been found as a result of selfless Winnipeggers.<br /> Thank you, Winnipeg dog lovers. You are so special. You have helped so many lost dogs come home to their owners.<br /> — Tracy Baldwin</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c7e244bb-ca50-4a5f-ad3f-ab39cc430745 Help at yoga class http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aa2c512f3-4dcc-456b-ba94-658d6ec9d810&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:59:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the young man at Yoga Public Sunday morning for putting a donation toward my karma-class pass.<br /> It was very much appreciated.<br /> I travel with my debit or credit cards. I will definitely return the favour.<br /> — Kathie Ficek</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:a2c512f3-4dcc-456b-ba94-658d6ec9d810 Thank you from the bottom of my heart http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9c9f7d4d-0c78-4b52-b90d-89a95bbb3318&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:57:00 GMT <p> I was at Polo Park along with my sister and our 95-year-old mother, on our way to my mother’s weekly hair appointment.<br /> We were moving my mother from the car into a wheelchair when she collapsed onto the floor in front of the front seat. Despite our combined best efforts, we could not move her either into the wheelchair or back into the front seat.<br /> We struggled for a while until all three of us were exhausted.<br /> Along came a really nice fellow who explained that he worked at Deer Lodge. This wonderful man and his wife carefully lifted my mother back into the front seat and then went on their  way.<br /> I deeply regret that I do not recall their names. But thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.<br /> — Rosanne Sutton</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9c9f7d4d-0c78-4b52-b90d-89a95bbb3318 God bless you, Hendrik P http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3af367588f-7f7b-4b4a-ab44-44ea92750f13&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:55:00 GMT <p> It is amazing the lengths to which some Winnipeggers will go to help someone in need.<br /> Recently, I was standing at my usual place at a bus stop on Henderson Highway, when a gentleman said he had noticed me at the stop on several occasions and inquired about my injury, which has required my continuous reliance on crutches.<br /> I explained that I had been gored in the leg some months ago and was now unable to work. Where was I headed and did I require help? he asked me. I was going to the nearby Safeway for groceries. He immediately offered to get them for me.<br /> I thanked him for his kindness but declined his offer. Still anxious to help, he offered me $80 toward the cost of the groceries. Again, I thanked him but said I could not take his money. We then parted. In the course of the exchange, we discovered that we live across the street from one another.<br /> The next day when I returned home after visiting my wife at Riverview Health Centre, as I do on a daily basis, I found a letter under my apartment door from the gentleman. In the letter, he explained that he hadn’t been able to sleep, so great was his concern about my welfare.<br /> These gestures of concern and compassion by themselves would have put him in the category of angels in my opinion — but this was not yet the end of the story. The gentleman, Hendrik P., had bought me a brand new walker. He later presented it to me, along with a bill of sale for $175!<br /> I am not a man of means. I could not have afforded a used walker, let alone a new one. From what he said, I gathered that Hendrik is not well off either, except, of course, in his spirit of generosity, which is remarkable and truly appreciated.<br /> Thank you and God bless you, Hendrik P.  <br /> — Wayne Smith</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:f367588f-7f7b-4b4a-ab44-44ea92750f13 Three cheers for Manfred http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a602bc48b-3ef2-42e2-b9ab-ae497df184a2&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:43:00 GMT <p> I stopped to help an elderly lady who had fallen near the corner of Logan Avenue and McPhillips Street a couple of weeks ago. In the commotion of cleaning up the gash on her forehead, repacking her bags and getting her back on her feet, I ended up leaving my iPhone in the grass.<br /> After speaking with an extremely helpful MTS person, I elected to rely on the milk of human kindness and texted the phone with our landline number and my husband’s cellphone number.<br /> Within minutes, a young man named Manfred called us. He had spotted the phone in the grass, picked it up and was waiting for us to call or text.<br /> Manfred even delivered it to our downtown apartment block the next day and refused any offer of a reward.<br /> Three cheers for Manfred!<br /> — Debby Lute-Storey</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:602bc48b-3ef2-42e2-b9ab-ae497df184a2 Wallet found, returned against all odds http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac46e7dc5-c231-46e4-b6f9-3c0504daaa67&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:41:00 GMT <p> My boyfriend and I braved the wind and rain for a day of fishing in the great outdoors on the Saturday of the long August weekend.<br /> Our journey included a stop for snacks at the 59’er, fruitless fishing at Birds Hill Park, and catch and release at the Lockport dam.<br /> Somewhere along the way, I lost my wallet.<br /> I realized this when returning to the city for a late dinner. After searching the car and calling the 59’er with no luck, the possibility of finding my wallet seemed slight. But we opted for a drive-through dinner then a drive back to Birds Hill and Lockport to retrace our steps in hopes of finding it.<br /> All I could think of was the credit and debit cards I would have to cancel, the licence and student ID that would have to be replaced and the monthly bus pass I had only used for three days that I would have to buy again.<br /> Before I could pull out of the Best Buy parking lot where we had searched the car, I received a phone call from my dad in Morden. He seemed very concerned and asked if I was missing anything. I was confused, as I had not told anyone yet about my missing wallet. To my relief, he had received a phone call from a kind lady named Janice who had stumbled upon my wallet during a walk in Birds Hill Park.<br /> On that afternoon, she and her husband took a shortcut on their usual walk and came across the wallet. She saw my blue transit folder in the grass and having used transit-pass holders as wallets when she was my age, realized it must be something important. They picked up the wallet and from my ID were able to contact my family.<br /> I got my wallet back early the next day with everything still inside thanks to the kindness and thoughtfulness of these strangers. Needless to say, I brought a thank you card and small gift of appreciation when I went to pick up the wallet.<br /> I cannot thank them enough for finding and returning my wallet. You are lifesavers!<br /> — Atieh Braun</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c46e7dc5-c231-46e4-b6f9-3c0504daaa67 Couple of broken ribs http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac64fa3b6-9473-4a56-b907-246986df0bb9&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:37:00 GMT <p> I took a really bad spill while Rollerblading on the Bishop Grandin Greenway.<br /> I want to say a quick thanks to the lady on Rollerblades and the gentleman on the bike who came upon me as I was crawling out of the bushes. They walked me to a bench and stayed with me until I reached someone and they were sure I was OK.<br /> In case they are reading: a couple of broken ribs but no other major damage.<br /> — Marc Haché</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c64fa3b6-9473-4a56-b907-246986df0bb9 Thank you to Sultan’s saviour http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a133b90e3-b8f9-4e8e-8aac-7fedf2b7e7b3&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:35:00 GMT <p> I was pet sitting Sultan, my father’s cat, while he was out of the country last year.<br /> Unfortunately, on the first day of pet sitting, Sultan was accidentally let out and went missing. Sultan’s been an outdoor cat for all his 17 years, has several health problems including hyperthyroid and spinal stenosis, and he requires daily medication.<br /> I was quite concerned as I live about 11 kilometres from my father’s house, and Sultan did not know the area. I put up posters, called the local radio station, put an ad on Kijiji and visited the Winnipeg Humane Society, all to no avail.<br /> Sultan had gone missing without a trace.<br /> When my father finally arrived home six weeks later, I had to break the news to him that Sultan was gone. My father was heartbroken; Sultan was his best friend. At the age of 77, my father was unlikely to get another animal.<br /> Three months later, I received a phone call saying Sultan had been found, thanks to a microchip we had gotten for him almost 15 years ago.<br /> We picked him up from a local animal hospital. Sultan was very malnourished and weak. We learned he was found trying to enter the Centennial Concert Hall during a concert.<br /> I live in East Kildonan, and my father lives in the West End. Sultan had travelled seven kilometres in the right direction to reach the concert hall, and he must have crossed either the Louise Bridge or the Disraeli Bridge.<br /> I want to thank the person who called the Humane Society to have Sultan picked up from the Centennial Concert Hall. This person may have saved Sultan’s life and certainly brought some happiness back to my father’s.<br /> — Michelle Clemente</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:133b90e3-b8f9-4e8e-8aac-7fedf2b7e7b3 Shared what little they had http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a56eec459-3b2c-4457-ab72-26546065f768&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:52:00 GMT <p> On the way home from work in the very early hours of the morning, I hit a red light by the Disraeli Bridge.</p> <p> This always puts me in a bad mood because, I kid you not, I have to wait over 5 minutes for it to change. Keep in mind that there is absolutely no traffic at that time!</p> <p> As I sat there getting more angry by the minute, I looked over and noticed a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk. He hardly had anything to wear and was using the bottom step of the nearby business as a pillow. At the same time I noticed another homeless couple walking down the sidewalk. They looked like they had everything they owned in one bag slung over the man’s shoulder. The woman had a large blanket or quilt wrapped around her shoulders, and it looked like they were trying to find somewhere to sleep.</p> <p> My impatience at the light was making me think some very unkind thoughts regarding their situation. As the couple passed the sleeping man, the woman stopped, took the blanket off her shoulders and covered the guy on the sidewalk, then walked away.</p> <p> All my anger left instantly. Here I saw some people who had nothing to speak of, share what little they had.</p> <p> Human nature at its finest.</p> <p> <em>— Don Labossiere</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:56eec459-3b2c-4457-ab72-26546065f768 Thanks, Ryan, for taking the time http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5a80cefa-5467-4eba-b0a1-f3a61f608c33&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 15 Aug 2012 07:51:00 GMT <p> Recently, my friend and I were out for our morning walk in Southdale when I tripped over a broken sidewalk, fell and hit my face on the cement.</p> <p> I was shaken up and had to lay there for a few minutes. Within a short time, a young man drove up and asked if I needed help. He offered to drive my friend and I home.</p> <p> As we were getting into his car, another person drove up and asked if I was okay.</p> <p> It’s wonderful how many caring people there are in this city.</p> <p> Thank you so much, Ryan, for taking time from your day to help me out.</p> <p> <em>— S. Elwood</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5a80cefa-5467-4eba-b0a1-f3a61f608c33 Angel steps forward http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a59f157dd-de2e-4b3a-9f72-c5263c475fd8&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:51:00 GMT <p> While attending the Eastern Manitoba Artists’ Collective Art Sale in Pinawa, my sister suddenly became ill, requiring the assessment of a physician.</p> <p> The Pinawa Hospital was not able to assist us, as there apparently was some difficulty with the on-call physician process, so we were directed to travel to Beausejour.</p> <p> It was night time and visibility was diminished greatly. As well, since I was visiting from Ontario, I was unfamiliar with the area.</p> <p> In desperation, while driving frantically through Beausejour, I stopped at a local corner store and requested directions to the hospital. A patron in the store, likely sensing my anxiety and desperation, quickly told me to follow her, and she would take me to the hospital.</p> <p> All this while my sister sat in pain in the front seat. I followed this kind stranger all the way to the Emergency Entrance at the Hospital.</p> <p> This “angel” made sure we were safely into the door before waving and driving off.</p> <p> How generous and kind she was to take the time for us, and how much we appreciated her help.</p> <p> To this woman, a stranger without a name, but one with a big heart, we give our grateful thanks.</p> <p> <em>— Elizabeth Pearce</em></p> <p> <em>Sundridge, Ontario</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:59f157dd-de2e-4b3a-9f72-c5263c475fd8 Went out of his way to help http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3af9dce6b9-7c01-4735-a0d2-963012ef3651&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:50:00 GMT <p> After visiting the ATM in the Safeway store Kildare Avenue East branch, I went into the store to do a bit of shopping. Unbeknownst to me, my cheque book had fallen out of my purse.</p> <p> After I arrived home, the phone rang with Cathy Brown of the Bank of Montreal calling to inform me a gentleman had walked into that branch with my cheque book which he promptly handed to Cathy. He said he had found it on the floor at the foot of the ATM.</p> <p> He had come all the way from the ATM to the Bank of Montreal branch indicated in my cheque book instead of leaving it at the Safeway customer service counter. For that, I will be eternally grateful.</p> <p> No one got the gentleman’s name, but apparently he is a Bank of Montreal customer. So thank you so much, my friend. I really appreciate the fact that you went out of your way. God Bless you.</p> <p> <em>— Faye Serofin</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:f9dce6b9-7c01-4735-a0d2-963012ef3651 Kindness saved trip http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a4ecb3a27-7db5-4a8f-a519-92d4eebd4409&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 11 Aug 2012 07:53:00 GMT <p> Much much thanks to the customer at the Shopper’s Drug Mart on Portage and Burnell who promptly turned in the travel documents I lost at the store on Wednesday evening. I am preparing for a trip to visit the grave of the grandmother I never met but always loved.</p> <p> Your kindness and honesty lets me complete my preparations.</p> <p> <em>— Peter Rempel</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:4ecb3a27-7db5-4a8f-a519-92d4eebd4409 Made all the difference, and a good laugh http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a1943c7da-50ea-45f4-9a02-11ff440ed84e&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:48:00 GMT <p> I don’t know their names, but I would like to sincerely thank the four people who pulled over to help me when I crashed my bike and broke my wrist recently.</p> <p> With so many driving past, you pulled over, helped me lock up and got me to the hospital. I am so grateful to you.</p> <p> You made a bad situation so much less stressful. My unbroken hand has major birth defects, making even pulling my phone out of my pocket impossible. I was hurt, stuck and scared.</p> <p> I don’t know if I’ll meet you all again, but I’ll always remember how you calmed me down, got me where I needed to go, even made me laugh. You helped me in every way you could, and I would love the opportunity to thank you again in person, but if that’s not possible Winnipeggers should know three are awesome selfless people out there willing to help wherever needed.</p> <p> Thank you, again and again,</p> <p> <em>— Timothy Friesen</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:1943c7da-50ea-45f4-9a02-11ff440ed84e A helper above and beyond http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ae2ce228c-6172-4c59-b515-87ea8b3d5611&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:38:00 GMT <p> On a trip to the local grocery store, I absent-mindedly locked my keys in the car, which I discovered when I went to leave.<br /> I was going to go back into the store to call either CAA or my daughter, when a kind stranger offered to drive me home to get the second set of keys. She not only drove me home with my groceries, but helped me into the house with them, waited while I got the second set of keys, then drove me back to the store.<br /> What a wonderful start to the day and week.<br /> Many thanks to Janet on Community Row for your kindness.<br />  <br /> — Pauline Rowe</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:e2ce228c-6172-4c59-b515-87ea8b3d5611 Ice cream was delicious http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a27f202a6-35ff-44de-bcff-fd499f996f07&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:24:00 GMT <p> My daughter and I went to Sargent Sundae ice cream shop on Portage Avenue one hot night, waited in line, and when we got to our turn, I discovered it was cash only.<br /> No problem. I asked our server where the nearest cash machine was and the server next to our server said not to worry, this man has just paid for you. A young man with his baby stood beside us and when I said that wasn’t necessary, he said he would do it for us and we could do it for someone else another time.<br /> By the time we turned to say thank you, he was gone, so... thank you!<br /> We thoroughly enjoyed our ice cream and are waiting for the opportunity when we can return the favour.<br /> — Janet McKenzie-Smith</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:27f202a6-35ff-44de-bcff-fd499f996f07 Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert to the rescue http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a7e32e881-5c49-4c61-aa1b-2c091edd349f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:19:00 GMT <p> We recently moved to the Saint James area and have been undergoing major renovations on our new home.<br /> Our contractor came into our home, without warning, while we were away and let our dog out the front door. Emma, a rescue dog, is not the type to run away. However, she was spooked and took off at a gallop.<br /> By the time we got home, Emma was long gone. We were distraught and feeling desperate as we had no idea which way she had gone.<br /> A friend of mine told me about Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert. This is an amazing group of volunteers who donate their time to finding lost dogs. Within minutes of posting a lost dog profile on their Facebook page, sightings of Emma started pouring in. Emma had made it down Portage Avenue through Assiniboine Park and into Assiniboine Forest, crossing Roblin Boulevard and Grant Avenue in the process.<br /> Emma is a big standard poodle with a thick black coat of fur. The humidex was almost 40. She was completely lost and running scared. The trail quickly grew cold, and by midnight, we had to give up our search.<br /> At 8:30 the next morning, the sightings started pouring in again. We were back on the chase.<br /> We always seemed to be two steps behind her. Total strangers joined in the search, some jumping out of their cars, others driving down from other areas of the city just to help. Numerous people spent the next eight hours hitting the streets looking for her. She finally turned up deep in Charleswood, almost at the perimeter, exhausted, but no worse for the wear.<br /> We are eternally indebted to the administrators of the Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert. We would never have found her without their help.<br /> I am amazed and deeply moved by the generosity of total strangers. Countless people spent hours in the extreme heat, looking for a dog they had never met.<br /> We would like to thank every person who stopped what they were doing, pointed us in the right direction, uploaded a sighting and helped us to find Emma. Without them, this happy ending would never have occurred.<br /> — Tara and Sherri Smith</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:7e32e881-5c49-4c61-aa1b-2c091edd349f Fun at the fair http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a07cee082-0191-4e09-88da-491b6c396824&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:14:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the man who gave my son and his friend free tickets to ride the rides at the Red River Exhibition on the last day.<br /> My son just got out of the hospital a few days before so his friends took him to the Ex. My son didn’t know if he was feeling well enough to ride on the rides but since he had free tickets, he tried a ride and was able to go on many of them with his friends. He had a good time.<br /> Thank you so much for making my son feel better.</p> <p> — Debbie Stern</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:07cee082-0191-4e09-88da-491b6c396824 Thanks for help with flat http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aaef660e0-ffa0-4b3e-8a11-7d2ba6240d5f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 29 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> We wish to thank Mark Rosen and his wife for stopping to help change our flat tire last Saturday night on Sturgeon Road.</p> <p> Mark’s willingness to help is truly an example of a kind and thoughtful person.</p> <p> We are grateful to both of you.</p> <p> <em>— Wally and Marie Gwozd</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:aef660e0-ffa0-4b3e-8a11-7d2ba6240d5f Helping hands http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aa3411c86-6ef9-42c1-8fd3-b08e78cc62f3&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 29 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> I had purchased a painting from a store on Regent Avenue, but it was too large to fit in my car.</p> <p> The sales clerk suggested I fasten it to the roof of my vehicle (at my own risk). We tied the painting through the windows, over and over. It felt very stable and secure.</p> <p> I drove off quite slowly and was about a kilometre away from the store when I heard a snap and saw the bindings flapping in the breeze. I pulled onto a side street hoping that somehow the painting was still hanging on, but it was gone. I went back down the street expecting to see it in the middle of the busy road totally demolished.</p> <p> But there it was on the grass boulevard, perfectly intact, the paper wrapping not even torn. But now, how do I get it home? As I struggled to try to fit it in my car every which way (as if a miracle would happen and my car would somehow expand,) along came a young couple in a van and without even asking where I lived said they would take it home for me.</p> <p> They were at a restaurant across the street and had been watching. Even when I told them I lived at the other end of the city, they just said they would follow me. I couldn’t believe my good luck that these two wonderfully kind strangers offered to help me out of this predicament so unselfishly.</p> <p> So, thank you again, Christina and Delmar. You are angels.</p> <p> <em>— Stephanie Battistuzzi</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:a3411c86-6ef9-42c1-8fd3-b08e78cc62f3 Hero saves kitten http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a5d66104d-9124-4c37-b3ad-1217546619eb&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 28 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> One day, as the busy morning traffic buzzed down Portage Avenue, a terrified little black and white fluff ball was darting between three lanes of traffic.</p> <p> At first glance, this little fluff ball looked like a squirrel or rabbit. But it was neither. It was a scared little kitten.</p> <p> I witness a heroic rescue of this little kitty by a great Winnipeg Samaritan.</p> <p> I was attempting to get out of my car to help but couldn’t because of traffic. We watched in fear and awe as this man stopped his car and the little kitten circled his car in fear for its life. The kitten finally stopped, frozen in fear, against his stopped car tire.</p> <p> I want to give a big thumbs up to this man; he did the right thing, the thing that no one else did.</p> <p> Thank you, gentleman, in the silver car who saved a life on your way to work. Thank you.</p> <p> <em>— Aimie Enns</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:5d66104d-9124-4c37-b3ad-1217546619eb Thanks to ‘angels in steel-toed boots’ http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a4d3c0b7b-c690-4f61-9911-3acd079711df&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> I always read the “Random Acts of Kindness” section of the Saturday paper and marvel at the kindness of people. Recently, we were the recipients of one such act.</p> <p> My husband and I, in our mid 70s, were driving with another couple (a little younger than we are), to Winnipeg from Kenora for medical appointments.</p> <p> Just before we got to the Floodway bridge, we got a flat tire. It was the first time we had a flat tire in ages. Changing tires just isn’t as easy as it used to be.</p> <p> As traffic zoomed by, the guys managed to jack the car up, and remove the lug nuts. When they tried to remove the wheel, it wouldn’t budge.</p> <p> At that moment, a half ton truck pulled up behind us. Two young men jumped out and asked if we needed help. Within minutes they had “kicked off” the tire and replaced it with the spare using their own equipment. They conveniently happened to have all the right tools.</p> <p> When my husband offered them a monetary “thank you” they totally refused, wished us a good day, and left.</p> <p> These two “angels in steel-toed boots” from Focal Point Home Improvement saved our day and we can’t thank them enough. By the way, we got to our appointments on time.</p> <p> <em>— M.A. Poirier</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:4d3c0b7b-c690-4f61-9911-3acd079711df Kind driver http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a7b469d3c-f6f1-4954-8638-b3c1b2544b71&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:30:00 GMT <p> I was a passenger in a car going down Ellice Avenue. As we reached the intersection of Home Street and Ellice Avenue, I looked out my window and saw a young bicyclist had fallen off his bike and had blood gushing from his nose. I witnessed a driver stop his car and hand the youngster some Kleenex.</p> <p> I want to acknowledge the act of this kind gentleman.</p> <p> <em>— Harvey Smith</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:7b469d3c-f6f1-4954-8638-b3c1b2544b71 Kindness made Canada Day great http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a7f66fca8-26ce-46ec-ba57-e776110340c5&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> I just had an excellent experience, though it looked like it would be a tough and hard lesson.</p> <p> After shopping for groceries, I put my bag in my bike basket and cycled home, past Jubilee Avenue and Osborne Street.</p> <p> Somewhere along the way, my wallet fell out — driver’s licence, library card, chequebook, money, you know, the works.</p> <p> When I unloaded my groceries, I realized the wallet was gone. Yikes!</p> <p> I jumped on my bike to retrace my steps and checked at the store. No sign of it.</p> <p> I started to catalogue all the difficulties this presented, especially on a long weekend.</p> <p> On the off-chance someone had found and returned it, I opened our front door, and there it was — with everything in it!</p> <p> So, wow and wow to whoever found and returned it. I hope you had a grand Canada Day. You certainly made mine wonderful.</p> <p> <em>— Jean Altemeyer</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:7f66fca8-26ce-46ec-ba57-e776110340c5 Buddy, the dog, saved http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a11546b9d-1341-4c5c-8ddd-79005a5ec2c9&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> Our dog, Buddy, escaped from the backyard. He was very lucky because a woman named Linda was driving down Grosvenor Avenue and she saw him at Cambridge Street.</p> <p> Linda put Buddy in her car and using his dog tags, she was able to return him to us.</p> <p> We are very grateful to Linda for being kind and taking the time to help.</p> <p> <em>— Ellice, Zelda and Tal Kynman</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:11546b9d-1341-4c5c-8ddd-79005a5ec2c9 One great neighbourhood http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a4ff63d4a-c850-4f61-9f5a-f1b0d91ee88f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 22 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> My husband and I were biking to The Forks via Rue des Meurons near Morier Avenue when I veered to miss a pothole and hit the curb. I fell, injuring my shoulder and hip.</p> <p> I was unable to stand up. Betsy, a beautiful woman, a retired nurse, came to help me while my husband biked home to get his truck. Betsy called an ambulance, fashioned a sling with my shirt and sat on the ground supporting me against her for close to 45 minutes.</p> <p> What an amazing neighbourhood. At least 25 to 30 vehicles and pedestrians stopped to offer cellphones or rides while I sat there. In the meantime, Betsy was late for a luncheon date to celebrate her husband’s birthday.</p> <p> All this care and kindness made a very difficult day much easier. Thank you so much for your care and compassion.</p> <p> <em>— Denise Pancoe</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:4ff63d4a-c850-4f61-9f5a-f1b0d91ee88f Allyson scores with dress http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aca5845fd-8001-4a96-b3ed-15cbe7e624e2&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> I came from Calgary to attend Kelvin’s 100th Reunion in Winnipeg and experienced an act of kindness I think is remarkable.</p> <p> I arrived without a cocktail dress for the semi-formal dinner and was convinced by my friend that we should look around to see if we could find anything more suitable than the casual co-ordinates I had brought with me.</p> <p> We went into Redeemed, a secondhand shop on Academy Road, to see if they had a cocktail dress that would fit. It was Thursday, only two days before the dinner.</p> <p> Allyson, the owner of the store, brought out a few dresses but I could tell by looking at them that they wouldn’t work for me. I finally advised her that I had just had a mastectomy, and I needed a high neck line. She was very empathetic but really couldn’t find anything that would work so I left without buying a dress.</p> <p> However, she suggested I try the Charleswood Redeemed store the next morning as there might be something there.</p> <p> So, my friend and I went to the Charleswood store the next morning; same thing, no dresses with high neck lines in my size. We were about to leave when in walked Allyson with a garment bag. She said she had woken up that morning and realized that one of her own dresses would be perfect for me.</p> <p> Sure enough, it fit, and it was perfect. I offered to buy the dress as selling dresses was her business, and I couldn’t imagine her just lending me one when she didn’t know me at all. But she was just happy to let me borrow it.</p> <p> I started to dig out a business card so she would have my contact information but she said not to bother and just to return the dress to the shop the following week. She didn’t even know more than my first name.</p> <p> The dinner most definitely was semi-formal attire and I was grateful I had Allyson’s dress.</p> <p> Allyson helped me at a time when, frankly, the last thing I wanted to do was try on new clothes. How many people would offer one of their own dresses to a stranger?</p> <p> Thanks Allyson! You made a difference.</p> <p> <em>— Nancy Freiday</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:ca5845fd-8001-4a96-b3ed-15cbe7e624e2 Icy water hit the spot http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ab8ac0d21-7a9a-4d3d-ba5f-229c77b5b90f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:39:00 GMT <p> I was shopping at my favorite Home Depot store on McPhillips Street and Leila Avenue.</p> <p> To my delight, I discovered staff was handing out free chilled bottles of water and juice to their many customers as they came into the store.</p> <p> What a thoughtful thing to do on a very hot and humid day! It was certainly very considerate and appreciated by all.</p> <p> I think that they deserve a big thank you. Well done!</p> <p> Are you listening, all other big box stores?</p> <p> <em>— Lorraine Danielson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:b8ac0d21-7a9a-4d3d-ba5f-229c77b5b90f Notes show kindness http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a359be32d-c20c-4a31-84a7-d33c5f9b6fa3&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:20:00 GMT <p> Our car was side-swiped in the parking lot of the McPhillips Street WalMart while we were in the store.</p> <p> We’d like to thank Joanne for the note she left on our windshield and also Mary for leaving another note on our windshield, giving us the license number and phone number, which was advertised on the side of the van, of the man who hit us and then moved away to park elsewhere.</p> <p> Both of them got involved in a situation that many people would ignore, and we thank them for their diligence.</p> <p> Although this will sound bizarre, we also want to thank Manny, the actual owner of the vehicle, for being honest enough to accept responsibility for the accident, although he wasn’t driving.</p> <p> Thanks to all.</p> <p> <em>— Fae and Carlisle Findlay</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:359be32d-c20c-4a31-84a7-d33c5f9b6fa3 Mr. Boots to the rescue http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac15f80af-0a09-455e-b854-ede7d0053a40&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:18:00 GMT <p> While walking along Portage Avenue in front of the University of Winnipeg, my husband tripped and fell to the pavement.</p> <p> Although several people continued to pass by him, a man my husband can only identify as “having on black work boots,” stopped to ask if he needed assistance. My husband realized at that time, that he was unable to move, and Mr. Boots asked another passerby to call 911 for an ambulance.</p> <p> Meanwhile, Mr. Boots remained with my husband, collected his broken eyeglass lens and waited with him until the paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital.</p> <p> Our family sincerely thanks Mr. “Boots” for staying with my husband and not trying to move him until help arrived. Your kindness was very much appreciated.</p> <p> <em>— Margaret Turnbull, Rick and Kelley Turnbull</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c15f80af-0a09-455e-b854-ede7d0053a40 Kind city grader makes her day http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a3234498b-3755-4baa-973c-2d394ba6af92&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:20:00 GMT <p> I have a large backyard parking pad in the north, which holds eight vehicles and a three-car garage. I am a single mother who owns only one older vehicle, even with all this room.</p> <p> Two years ago, the snow fell to about knee depth. I was out there shovelling, near exhaustion and had managed to clear about half the parking pad.</p> <p> To my dismay, a huge city grader came down my back lane and left a two- to three-foot ridge.</p> <p> I must have had a look that broke the grader driver’s heart, because he backed up, scooped all the snow up from that ridge off my driveway and managed to get some of the other snow too and took it another place down the lane which would not bother anyone.</p> <p> I blew him kisses and, even a couple of years later, I remember his kindness.</p> <p> Thank you my unknown friend. You made a tired single mom very happy. Bless you.</p> <p> <em>— April Stapon</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:3234498b-3755-4baa-973c-2d394ba6af92 Thanks to thoughtful drivers http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a4d34338b-4527-47d6-b5f2-7f4ee4d22f63&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> For the last six weeks I have been walking to get in shape for the 5K Alzheimer’s Walk.</p> <p> On weekends, I walk down Lee River Road in the Lac du Bonnet area.</p> <p> When vehicles are coming, I step off the shoulder onto the gravel as I am a little nervous walking so close to vehicles. Most of them coming my direction would move over to the yellow line or even cross over to the other lane.</p> <p> I don’t know if these people realize how kind and considerate that simple act is. It makes me feel safe and secure in my walk.</p> <p> Thank you, drivers on Lee River Road.</p> <p> <em>— Karen Epp</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:4d34338b-4527-47d6-b5f2-7f4ee4d22f63 Winnipeggers still the best http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a25f3eaf8-c81c-4f7e-8732-9fc6ac661b87&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 09 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT <p> A big thank-you to the couple in the grey van who stopped and offered help when I tried to flag down a police car because my friend needed medical assistance.</p> <p> They called 911 for an ambulance and the gentle man ran across the street to Fire Hall #9 to get first aid. The firefighters came over and gave first aid until EMS arrived.</p> <p> I didn’t get the couple’s names, but they are much appreciated for the help as I was in panic mode.</p> <p> I just want to thank them again and also give a huge thank-you to the firefighters who helped. They remained calm and professional during a stressful time for me.</p> <p> Winnipeg still has many good people who go out of their way to help people in need. God bless all of you who helped us on June 16.</p> <p> <em>— Bob Bachewich</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:25f3eaf8-c81c-4f7e-8732-9fc6ac661b87 Blessings on the roadside http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aa4a5c6da-bb95-4bfd-80d8-aa72b7369158&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 06 Jul 2012 22:34:00 GMT <p> I went out on my brand new scooter to the Safeway and WalMart on Kenaston Boulevard. I was halfway home when my scooter died. About that time, it started to rain.<br /> A couple in a van stopped and asked if I was in difficulty to which I replied that I was. They used their cellphone to call the scooter company and were told that a truck would be sent out shortly. The couple, Linda and her husband (I have forgotten his name) stayed with me until the truck got there about 20 minutes later.<br /> After taking my scooter apart, the guys in the truck found the batteries were almost dead and they would have to take it in to the shop and give it a good going over.<br /> Due to my limited mobility, I was unable to get into the couple’s van, so Linda’s husband took the van home and returned with a car.<br /> I told them that they could leave, but they insisted they would see me safely to the Parkway, where I live.<br /> This couple has renewed my faith in human kindness, and I will pay forward their kindness as soon as I can.<br /> They were truly a blessing to me. God bless them both.<br /> — Sheila Gretsinger</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:a4a5c6da-bb95-4bfd-80d8-aa72b7369158 Quick thinking solves problem http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ad6a7ba39-4a46-43e8-ad7e-b72ef06cb329&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:17:00 GMT <p> In a hurry to help an elderly lady with her groceries, I forgot to lock the car with my purse inside.</p> <p> Later, David came along, took the purse, locked the car and returned the purse, intact, to the building nearby where she lives.</p> <p> Thank you David (he gave his name to the desk clerk) from the bottom of my heart. This episode give me hope for mankind and may God bless you!</p> <p> <em>— Marielle Lavoie</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:d6a7ba39-4a46-43e8-ad7e-b72ef06cb329 Support for mentally challenged strong at Jazz Fest http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a0d9af1f2-d8fc-45ba-981a-3d4a7b0a8bb7&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 05 Jul 2012 08:26:00 GMT <p> Outdoor free events such as Jazz Fest really illustrate how we support mentally challenged adults.</p> <p> What to do about Angry-Dancing-Conductor-Guy and Starved-for-Affection Dude? And other people dealing with mental health issues who came to enjoy the music, but did not have caregiver-companions to help them?</p> <p> Well, Winnipeggers, you stepped right up and you handled yourselves beautifully. Jazz-Fest-going Winnipeggers are really nice, kind, people.</p> <p> Starved-For-Affection Dude was practically licking women’s faces while talking to them, yet still he got a couple of hugs in the crowd.</p> <p> And at one point, he scooped up a happily dancing three year old (not known to him) and tried to put him on his shoulders, much to his mother’s dismay, who shouted “No,” brought her baby down, and nicely continued dancing alongside Starved-for-Affection Dude.</p> <p> Punky Hula-Hoop-Streamer-Spinning Lady shared her streamers with Scowly-Dollarama-Accessory-Clad-Lady who had a part-time caregiver-companion with her.</p> <p> Anyway, Scowly-Dollarama-Accessory-Clad Lady, in all her earnestness, puzzled over the streamers or over the kindness of Punky-Hula-Hoop-Streamer-Spinning Lady; I’m not sure which — but I think I saw her crack a smile.</p> <p> Angry-Dancing-Conductor-Guy really likes to flail his arms violently when he dances so everyone just gave him lots of space.</p> <p> Share the love, Winnipeg! It takes a village to support a mentally challenged adult.</p> <p> <em>— Kim Zeglinski</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:0d9af1f2-d8fc-45ba-981a-3d4a7b0a8bb7 Rekindled faith in humanity http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ad7c9a61d-29b7-4e2d-a4b0-607917599898&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 03 Jul 2012 08:24:00 GMT <p> As a scholar of human rights and peace and conflict studies, my outlook on humanity is often pretty bleak. However, sometimes people rekindle my faith in humanity through little random acts of kindness.</p> <p> After my university convocation last week, I happened to leave a special ring in the restroom and only realized its absence from my finger once I had returned home hours later.</p> <p> Knowing the chances of finding my ring untouched in the bathroom or at the Lost and Found in the security office were slim, I thought I would try my luck anyway. I returned to look for my ring at the university.</p> <p> After a fruitless search in the bathroom, I went to security, fingers crossed and mind full of doubt, only to find that some wonderful and kind human being had indeed taken my ring to the Lost and Found.</p> <p> To that delightful person: I didn’t know how to express my gratitude, so I thought a public thank you would let you know how happy I was to find my ring safe and sound.</p> <p> Thank you! Your kindness will not be forgotten.</p> <p> <em>— Katrina Sklepowich</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:d7c9a61d-29b7-4e2d-a4b0-607917599898 Great neighbours http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3af82a622f-2e2c-4672-b7ac-e305e7fd1ebe&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 01 Jul 2012 08:23:00 GMT <p> Thank you to our neighbors on Wellington Crescent.</p> <p> For the past 16 years the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation has held our annual walk, RBC Cruisin’ Down the Crescent, which supports Manitoba’s children who live with special needs and disabilities.</p> <p> Each year our clients, families, friends, co-workers walk 10 kilometres down beautiful Wellington Crescent from the front of our building to the gates of the park and back.</p> <p> Every year this amazing street supports our walk by setting up lawn chairs and cheering our walkers on!</p> <p> This year one amazing neighbor handed out helium balloons to all our walkers. Thank you for that kindness.</p> <p> Thank you, Wellington Crescent neighbours, for embracing our foundation with your spirit and enthusiasm and your Random Act of Kindness.</p> <p> This is what makes our city the great place it is.</p> <p> <em>— Christine Schollenberg</em></p> <p> <em>Executive Director</em></p> <p> <em>Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:f82a622f-2e2c-4672-b7ac-e305e7fd1ebe Kept my car dry http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a56717c8a-9134-437d-911a-98c6197a5280&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:14:00 GMT <p> My friend and I went out to Osborne Street to have supper last night, and we parked on one of the residential side streets.</p> <p> It was very nice out as we were driving and I had the windows rolled down. When I parked, I rolled them up, but forgot one of the back-seat windows.</p> <p> While we were out, it started to rain heavily. When we returned to the car, we found that someone had taped a garbage bag over the window so that the inside of my car wouldn’t get too wet.</p> <p> I’m simply amazed at the fact that someone would go out of their way to help a stranger. Especially in the rain where they would have gotten wet working to keep my car dry.</p> <p> Thank you so much to this kind soul. Your selfless act will stay with me for a long, long time as a reminder of how many good people there are in the world.</p> <p> <em>— Kaitlin Fulmore</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:56717c8a-9134-437d-911a-98c6197a5280 Canadians leave kind gift http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3afc06588c-3673-451e-b128-72513cd65b8d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:20:00 GMT <p> A group of Canadians from Northern Manitoba recently toured several cities in China. These folks were so impressed with the tour and this amazing country, that they decided to leave something noteworthy behind. They pooled their cash and donated a motor scooter to a deserving, yet unsuspecting, young hotel employee. The deed was labelled a Canadian Random Act of Kindness.</p> <p> The photo of the gift to the surprised employee made the Shanghai Daily newspaper.</p> <p> <em>— Volker Beckmann</em></p> <p>  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:fc06588c-3673-451e-b128-72513cd65b8d Winnipeg has wonderful citizens http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac58614a7-0909-4dc1-a1b5-4885cc7f2bff&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:18:00 GMT <p> I am over 80 years of age and use a walker to get around.</p> <p> One night in March, I went to the Old Spaghetti Factory at The Forks with my family. The wheels of my walker got caught on a tile in the waiting area, and I fell backwards and hit my head on the hard tiled floor.</p> <p> Two kind gentlemen and a lady immediately came to my rescue and had me seated comfortably on my walker in no time at all.</p> <p> I can’t thank them enough for their great help. I am happy to say I am fine and suffered no injuries. Sorry this thank you took so long.</p> <p> Winnipeg has some wonderful citizens. </p> <p> <em>— Agnes McKay, Selkirk</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c58614a7-0909-4dc1-a1b5-4885cc7f2bff Kindness, generosity and good wine http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ab8e70db1-18a6-4c80-9f14-1906212ed670&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:18:00 GMT <p> To the young lady at the liquor store at Osborne Street and River Avenue on Saturday, June 2:</p> <p> Thank you so much for helping me out of an embarrassing situation. Your kindness and generosity will stay with me always, and the wine was delicious.</p> <p> <em>-- J.C. Basman</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:b8e70db1-18a6-4c80-9f14-1906212ed670 Just pay it forward http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a45ee501b-95e9-46d7-8538-1c89a98befa1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:12:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank Rob and Belinda V. for returning my boyfriend’s wallet.</p> <p> He had left it at the gas pumps at 7-Eleven on Henderson Highway, and Rob and Belinda found it.</p> <p> He offered them a reward, but all they asked in return was for him to pay it forward. </p> <p> <em>— Tara Bednar</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:45ee501b-95e9-46d7-8538-1c89a98befa1 Bus driver makes the day every day http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3afd5c7334-0c3b-47b9-b778-90e4ea2428d8&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 23 Jun 2012 08:17:00 GMT <p> I have a morning bus driver who makes the morning trip to work a pleasure every day and who is kind to everyone on daily.</p> <p> He always has a cheery good morning for us, a stack of newspapers for the riders and if he’s running low, will stock up with more along the route.</p> <p> Every passenger gets a resounding, “Have a great day” as they depart. The passengers departing will turn around and wave at him as the bus goes by.</p> <p> There have been mornings when all the passengers on the bus have had a group discussion about articles in the newspapers — all because our bus driver has helped a group of strangers feel comfortable together.</p> <p> I’ve also seen him stop and wait for people who aren’t quite at the bus stop yet so they don’t have to run to make the bus. He will even look down the street to see if an absentee regular is on the way.</p> <p> I don’t think there are too many people who look forward to the morning ride to work, but our #10 Wolseley driver (leaves Dubuc and Des Meurons at 6:56 a.m., Stop #50230) has made it that way for many passengers.</p> <p> I would just like to thank him for making my work day start off great every day.</p> <p> <em>— Gail Holm</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:fd5c7334-0c3b-47b9-b778-90e4ea2428d8 Many helping hands http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aad6f9bef-6748-4d30-bce7-ea3d35972e01&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:11:00 GMT <p> As I was walking across the parking lot to enter Nicolino’s restaurant on Pembina Highway, I tripped and fell on my face.</p> <p> I was bleeding profusely, and two people sitting on the patio ran to help.</p> <p> Michael, an employee of Nicolino’s, and Kate, a former employee who was socializing on the patio, ran for napkins, band-aids and ice.</p> <p> My friend Judy and the staff helped me up and got me to a chair on the patio and stayed with me, mopping up blood and getting club soda for the blood on our clothes.</p> <p> When the bleeding slowed down, Kate helped me to the washroom to clean myself up. I was really a mess and unfortunately, not in any condition to stay for dinner.</p> <p> When we tried to leave, my car wouldn’t start, and Michael arranged to get some cables to start the car.</p> <p> Nick Zifarelli, the restaurant’s owner, got the cables on correctly and off we went.</p> <p> The owner and staff and friends went above and beyond the call.</p> <p> Thank you so much for all you did and to my friend Judy who was so understanding about the broken dinner plans.</p> <p> <em>— Sue Heim</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:ad6f9bef-6748-4d30-bce7-ea3d35972e01 Thanks, Mark http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a35b76c03-835b-4fcf-88a6-1d12d8754f07&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:09:00 GMT <p> There are many fine people in our city.</p> <p> I was on my way to a special event and got lost. Several people kindly directed me to my intended destination, but I just couldn’t find it. Circling from one dead-end to another near Point West, I decided to give up and go home.</p> <p> Then I met Mark. Immediately, he said, “Follow me” and hopped into his car.</p> <p> What a great guy! Thanks, Mark.</p> <p> <em>— Lydia Loewen</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:35b76c03-835b-4fcf-88a6-1d12d8754f07 The kindness of strangers http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a12d8cc18-f687-4c07-bfb8-1b072fb9cc68&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:22:00 GMT <p> I had stopped at the Superstore on Regent Avenue, before heading home for dinner. After picking up a couple of items at the deli, I waited in line at the adjacent snack counter.</p> <p> Two women were ahead of me. After some initial confusion, I realized what was happening. They didn’t know each other, but one woman was buying the other woman some pizza because she looked hungry. A very precious moment.</p> <p> By the time I realized what this marvellous woman was doing — buying food for a complete stranger who did indeed appear hungry — they had wandered off into the store, and I didn’t have the opportunity to commend her for her beautiful gesture and kindness.</p> <p> In any event, hats off to her for her extraordinary warm heart. Her act of kindness did not go unnoticed. Bravo!</p> <p> <em>— R. Chin</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:12d8cc18-f687-4c07-bfb8-1b072fb9cc68 Spiffing up the streets http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a040fcb77-d5e6-4ecf-b777-d852f3c2952c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:21:00 GMT <p> During last year’s spring cleaning of residential streets, my street was cleaned, but a van had been left in front of my house, meaning sand was left behind.</p> <p> One day when other streets in my area were being cleaned, I stopped and rolled down the window to ask the city worker if he would come and clean up the 30 metres or so of sand and debris which had been missed.</p> <p> Within 15 minutes, he came by and cleaned it. Thank you to Alan for making my day and making our street look cleaner.</p> <p> <em>— Stephanie Midford</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:040fcb77-d5e6-4ecf-b777-d852f3c2952c Angels help Scooter Lady http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3aeb5c5711-e00a-4b63-b801-401fc71687b7&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:20:00 GMT <p> Wow! This Scooter Lady will never run out of angels.</p> <p> I had to go to Trainor Lab for some tests that called for fasting. By the time I got out of there, I was hungry.</p> <p> I went to Sal’s in the Medical Arts building for toast and coffee. I was embarrassed to discover I had run out of money.</p> <p> The angel cashier said she would cover it. Boy oh boy, was that cool. Thank you.</p> <p> <em>— Olive le Clair, The Scooter Lady</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:eb5c5711-e00a-4b63-b801-401fc71687b7 Firefighter’s help appreciated http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a21bac973-df82-47c7-8281-de3e423f6789&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:19:00 GMT <p> I had the misfortune of being knocked down by a car approaching the gas pumps at the Co-op Station on McPhillips Ave on May 18.</p> <p> An off-duty firefighter was gassing up his vehicle at the same time. He came to my assistance and after making sure that I was not seriously injured, he helped me up and assisted me to my car.</p> <p> He suggested calling an ambulance which I gratefully refused. He then acted as “go between” for the other party and myself. He spent the best part of an hour of his well deserved day off getting me all the particulars that would be required for an incident of this kind.</p> <p> My friendly firefighter’s name is Andrew Balfour from Fire Hall #16 in Winnipeg. Thank you, Andy, again for assisting me and your kind words of encouragement.</p> <p> May god bless you and your brotherhood of firefighters.</p> <p> <em>— Walter Norget</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:21bac973-df82-47c7-8281-de3e423f6789 Kindness in grocery store line http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a03361968-108b-4465-a957-6da5c5011433&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 02 Jun 2012 08:15:00 GMT <p> My son and I walked to our neighbourhood Sobey’s store in River Park South to pick up a couple of things.</p> <p> When we arrived at the checkout, I went to pull my wallet out and it was not in my pocket. I looked down at my son and said, ”I left the money at home. We need to call Mom to bring it to us.”</p> <p> There was a woman in front of us in the line paying for her groceries. She looked over after hearing our conversation and said, “Don’t call your wife and make her come down here, I’ll pay for it.”</p> <p> I started to turn down her kind offer, but before I could complete my sentence, she said, “Nonsense, it’s a cucumber and a can of olives, not a big deal.”</p> <p> I asked for a business card or number so I could pay her back, but she would have none of it.</p> <p> So, to the unnamed woman at Sobey’s in River Park South, thank you very much. What a nice thing to do.</p> <p> On the walk back home all my son talked about was the lady at the store and how nice she was.</p> <p> <em>— D. Iwan</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:03361968-108b-4465-a957-6da5c5011433 Mom says thanks http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3afe3664ae-ffdb-4fb8-9641-c3ef328700f6&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:35:00 GMT <p> I am writing this on behalf of my 83 year old mother.</p> <p> She was driving down MacGregor Street near Inkster Boulevard when her car stalled at the lights, and she could not restart it.</p> <p> A couple of young men in their 20s in the car behind her approached my Mom and asked if she needed help. They quickly assumed that it was the alternator and asked if they could help her move it off the street. They could not leave it on MacGregor so they turned the corner and parked it on Inkster.</p> <p> The young men asked if they could give her ride to where she was going and she accepted. She offered them some money and after some persuasion, they accepted a small token of appreciation.</p> <p> When she got to her destination, she called CAA and made arrangements to meet them at 4 p.m.</p> <p> While waiting for CAA by her car with her friend, the people who lived in the corner home came out to see what the problem was. The man looked at her car and also thought it was the alternator. His wife came out and brought my mom and her friend some water and lawn chairs while they waited for CAA (which arrived at 6 p.m.)</p> <p> I was so surprised at the kindness my mom received ( and on Mother’s Day weekend) that I just wanted to share it! Thank you to all of Mom’s helpers that day for the kindness you showed her.</p> <p> <em>— Terri-Lee O’Staff-Mroz, on behalf of Mary O’Staff</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:fe3664ae-ffdb-4fb8-9641-c3ef328700f6 Thanks Brian, the fence-poster http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ac364a4a1-cab4-4e73-9ddd-a4c0f69241a2&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:34:00 GMT <p> I would like to express my deep appreciation to Brian, of the fence posting profession, for his time and kindness in explaining to me the intricacies of installing new fence posts, understanding and organizing what is needed for MB Hydro.</p> <p> As a single mom and homeowner, the complexities encountered related to this project were unexpected and hard to get my head around.</p> <p> With no monetary gain to himself, Brian took considerable time on the phone with me, navigating and planning next steps for building my back fence.</p> <p> This was salve to my wounds felt from others in the business who displayed profound impatience with my inexperience and trepidation demonstrated by brusque-like rhetoric and duly noted machination to blow off a small job.</p> <p> <em>— Laurie Lipinski</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:c364a4a1-cab4-4e73-9ddd-a4c0f69241a2 Thoughtful service at the garage http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a32486c2e-6591-472e-b5d4-73e91ff27c15&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:33:00 GMT <p> Our family was gathering for our mother’s funeral service this May long weekend.</p> <p> My sister and other family came down from Flin Flon a few days early as she had medical appointments. Unfortunately, my sister was in a car accident and her vehicle was no longer driveable. Arrangements were made with Boyd Autobody on McPhillips to repair the vehicle, but we didn’t expect anything to be done until after the long weekend.</p> <p> I was surprised to get a phone call from Michael Juba at Boyds, advising the car would be parked in the shop to prevent it from vandalism over the weekend.</p> <p> Michael knew the family needed to return to Flin Flon after the funeral and the vehicle would likely take a few weeks to be repaired.</p> <p> We all want to thank Michael for his wonderful act of kindness. He arranged for a service vehicle in good condition so the family members were able to return home after the funeral and for my sister to use the loaner until her vehicle was repaired.</p> <p> Thank you, Michael. You went above and beyond to make this happen, and we are all so very grateful. You made this trying time less stressful for all of us.</p> <p> <em>— Sharon Erickson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:32486c2e-6591-472e-b5d4-73e91ff27c15 Meal was a treat http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3abd41cd1f-2436-41cf-aa63-d6280fbb2250&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:32:00 GMT <p> I was enjoying a delicious bowl of soup at Phuong Nam restaurant at William and Arlington. I was almost done, when a woman placed what I thought was my bill on my table.</p> <p> I said, “Thanks” and finished my supper, without looking up to see who it was. I assumed it was one of the restaurant’s waitresses.</p> <p> After I was finished, I looked at the receipt and saw that it had been paid in full, complete with a tip.</p> <p> Wow! I was shocked, and felt a bit awkward for not having looked up to see who this person had been.</p> <p> Thanks ever so much, whoever you are.</p> <p> There truly are angels on this planet! I am just not sure why you did this but thanks again. I will be sure to “pay it forward.”</p> <p> <em>— Peter Klassen</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:bd41cd1f-2436-41cf-aa63-d6280fbb2250 Making Manitoba a joy http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3af0d2be76-eea5-4851-88f4-2b7db5234a6f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:24:00 GMT <p> I would like to thank the gentleman who found my overnight bag on the street and came to my house to return it personally.</p> <p> I was in a rush to get to work and had put the bag on the trunk of my car then I drove off. About five minutes later, I realized what I had done and drove back to try to find it.</p> <p> I had just reached my house when the Good Samaritan called me to say he had found it. We had a mix up about retrieving the bag, but eventually he came back to our house. He would not take a cash gift and simply said he hoped that someone would do the same for him someday.</p> <p> He drove off before I could get his name. It is people like this who make living in Manitoba such a joy. Thank you.</p> <p> <em>— Andrew Dickson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:f0d2be76-eea5-4851-88f4-2b7db5234a6f Many helpful hands http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9b4eec4f-b767-4bed-a4eb-e3f12fcce97f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:23:00 GMT <p> After a medical appointment, I accidentally locked my keys and my 18-month-old son in my car, along with my phone and wallet.</p> <p> I used the medical office’s reception phone to call for another set of keys, but it was warm and I was very concerned about my son.</p> <p> A big thanks to all the people who went out of their way to help me, including the employee who watched my son while I took a call, and another who loaned me a cellphone to call the car company.</p> <p> Also thanks to the autobody employee who tried tirelessly to open the car, and to each stranger who checked on me.</p> <p> Everyone was very thoughtful, and thankfully I my extra keys arrived before my son got too hot.</p> <p> <em>— Kristi Anaka</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9b4eec4f-b767-4bed-a4eb-e3f12fcce97f Young driver very kind http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a9f190a73-9b08-444b-aa95-4b5f6eb86205&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:23:00 GMT <p> I had pulled in to park on Portage Avenue in front of Deer Lodge Place. It was about 3:15 p.m., and I was going up to visit my husband.</p> <p> A car stopped right behind me. The young man driving was trying to tell me something, so I walked back to be able to hear him.</p> <p> He told me I had better not park there or my car would be towed away.</p> <p> I replied that it was Sunday and the ban wasn’t in effect, to which he replied, “No, it is Monday.”</p> <p> I thanked him and moved my car. This young man was in his 20s I would guess, and he took the time to help me out. People should judge each individual by their actions. I hear a lot of detrimental remarks about young drivers, but they are not all the same.</p> <p> Thank you again young man.</p> <p> <em>— Verne Thomson</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:9f190a73-9b08-444b-aa95-4b5f6eb86205 Teddy bear gift a heart warmer http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a8dc58b8d-97ed-405d-9634-e539e44b3dfe&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:22:00 GMT <p> We were at Costco, and a random stranger bought a Children’s Hospital Foundation teddy bear for my three-year-old daughter.</p> <p> He told me that his girls were young adults now, and that they’d been blessed with healthy kids — and he wished the same for our little princess.</p> <p> I didn’t get a chance to tell him that I was a Children’s Hospital kid, and that my daughter growing up healthy is my heart’s biggest wish.</p> <p> He left as quickly as he came, and I just sat there with tears streaming down my face (and the happiest little girl sitting beside me).</p> <p> Incredible. I just wanted to say thank you to this man, whoever his is, for following his heart. You will never know how much you encouraged me.</p> <p> <em>— Lindsay Wright</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:8dc58b8d-97ed-405d-9634-e539e44b3dfe Thanks to honest stranger http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3adee159b4-7e58-493b-a4f8-c0bd34a166d5&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:21:00 GMT <p> I hope the person who found my wallet after I foolishly forgot it in the women’s washroom reads this.</p> <p> I would like to thank them for turning it over to the nearest kiosk completely intact. I was so happy that a good, honest stranger was the one who found it. It was only in the washroom for a couple of minutes, but sometimes that is more than enough time to lose something.</p> <p> Again, thanks to the stranger who made my day!</p> <p> <em>— D. English</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:dee159b4-7e58-493b-a4f8-c0bd34a166d5 Thanks for breakfast http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a0e85a90a-e265-46e1-87c5-e527c86d1f21&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 17 May 2012 17:50:00 GMT <p> To the gentleman in the Black Tacoma, who was in the drive thru ahead of me at the Reenders McDonalds at 7:30 on a recent Saturday morning. Thank you for buying my breakfast!</p> <p> Your unexpected and kind gesture absolutely made my day. I will be paying it forward the next time I am at a drive thru.</p> <p> Thank you.</p> <p> — Wanda Allen<br />  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:0e85a90a-e265-46e1-87c5-e527c86d1f21 Thanks for returned wallet http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a084366f2-4773-4ccc-8ee0-474150ac623a&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 16 May 2012 17:51:00 GMT <p> Our 20-year-old daughter lost her wallet. There was no money in it, but of course it contained all her identification, her bank card, and some gift cards. She resigned herself to having to replace all the lost items.</p> <p> But then, a young man rang our doorbell and asked for our daughter. When we said she was not home, he said, “I found her wallet.”</p> <p> Everything was intact. The young man, Terence Smoke, indicated he found her wallet at his place of work — the Crazy Horse Gas Bar on Dakota Tipi First Nation.</p> <p> We’d like to publicly thank Terence for his kindness and for taking the time to bring our daughter’s wallet back. His thoughtfulness made our day.</p> <p> — Jeff and Lynne Bereza, Portage la Prairie</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:084366f2-4773-4ccc-8ee0-474150ac623a Kind stranger steps up http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a14784a2c-f5b1-4624-b5f1-c1061c471165&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 15 May 2012 17:49:00 GMT <p> I headed out for a bike ride in the Fort Garry area. Making a sharp turn, my front wheel skidded on loose gravel, bringing my bike and I crashing to the ground.</p> <p> Feeling somewhat embarrassed, I immediately got back on my bike and pedaled away, I looked down and noticed my leg bleeding and my elbow was began to throb. When I got off my bike to check my leg, a lady approaching me. She had seen my accident and followed me to make sure I was OK.</p> <p> The best news of all: she was a nurse!</p> <p> After examining my scrapes, she had me follow her to her car, where she had first aid supplies. She proceeded to clean my wounds and expertly applied bandages.</p> <p> We ended our encounter with big hugs, but we forgot to exchange names. Every time I am out on my bike, I remember this kind stranger.</p> <p> I want to thank her for taking such good care of me.</p> <p> — Aimee Dugal</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:14784a2c-f5b1-4624-b5f1-c1061c471165 Best birthday present ever http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a0f55b279-c63a-4a3d-b9f5-72763504b084&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 13 May 2012 17:48:00 GMT <p> I was crossing Henderson Highway at the crosswalk across from Northdale Shopping Centre early the morning of my 57th birthday.</p> <p> There was no traffic that I could see northbound except an out-of-service city transit bus in the curb lane. The driver was very near the crosswalk so I was planning to wait for him to pass, but he stopped to let me cross.</p> <p> I pressed the button to activate the flashing lights and stepped off the curb. As I was just about to walk past the bus, the driver honked several times which made me look up just in time to see a car passing through the crosswalk right in front of me. In just one more nanosecond, had I kept walking, that car surely would have hit me.</p> <p> I don’t know who you are, Mr Alert Bus Driver, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving me from impending harm and quite possibly saving my life.</p> <p> Yours was the best birthday gift I got that day! Bless you.</p> <p> — Dorothy Pitt<br />  </p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:0f55b279-c63a-4a3d-b9f5-72763504b084 Thank you, Stu http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a3b110e6f-047e-46a4-8669-fcf3be293446&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 11 May 2012 17:46:00 GMT <p> I was walking along Nassau Street on my way home, when I suddenly felt very ill.</p> <p> I could not walk and felt as though I was going to faint. The only thing I could hang onto for support was the marker by the fire hydrant. It was not very sturdy, but it kept me on my feet.</p> <p> I don’t know how long I was hanging on there, but finally a man stopped his car and came to my rescue. He asked if I wanted to go to the hospital or to my family.</p> <p> It was not too far from where I live so I said, “Home, please.” He walked me to his car, drove me home and made sure I got in safely.</p> <p> This kind gentleman’s name is Stu Nicol.</p> <p> Thank you so much, Stu Nicol.</p> <p> — H. Graham</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:3b110e6f-047e-46a4-8669-fcf3be293446 Keys delivered to home http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ae3bed44a-1725-4648-85f7-dd7730078aca&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 08 May 2012 08:31:00 GMT <p> Recently, I had an upsetting adventure when I lost my car keys to which I had attached my house keys.</p> <p> I was out at a friend’s home, and we searched everywhere, retraced my steps, asked everyone in sight, but no keys.</p> <p> To complicate matters, I was using a rental car so I couldn’t simply dash home to get spare keys.</p> <p> My friend had to drive me from the north end of the city to the south end, where the body shop gave me another set of keys. She then drove me back to her place and the car.</p> <p> To make things worse, the lost keys were not inside the car, which I had hoped. With the spare car key I was able to drive home, get into my apartment with another spare key I had given to my neighbour.</p> <p> I came home to a phone message from Red River Co-op. (I have their ID tab attached to my keys.) A kind gentleman named Adam had found my keys on the sidewalk outside my friend’s home, called RR Co-op, who took his name and phone number. They then relayed this to me.</p> <p> I called Adam at his workplace in the north end, and discovered he lives in the south end of the city, too. He suggested he bring the keys to me on his way home, which he did.</p> <p> What wonderful people in this city!</p> <p> 1) My friend who drove me from one end of the city back.</p> <p> 2) The RR Co-op worker who contacted me.</p> <p> 3) Adam who found my keys and had the presence of mind to seek their owner then personally return them to me.</p> <p> I am forever grateful.</p> <p> Thank you, thank you, Adam. You all made my day.</p> <p> <em>— Carol Perch</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:e3bed44a-1725-4648-85f7-dd7730078aca What goes around comes around http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a60d01505-b60c-4ddc-84e0-d61ce56d942b&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 05 May 2012 07:30:00 GMT <p> I was at the Kenaston Costco and went back to my car in the lot, where I noticed two men loading garden sheds into a truck. The truck was quite full, so I helped them lift the second shed into their truck.</p> <p> They thanked me, and I went back into the Costco Store to get my prescription which hadn’t been ready. One of the men, carrying his daughter, came after me in the store and asked if I had lost some cash. I checked my pocket and sure enough, I had lost $100 cash.</p> <p> We went back to his truck, and his friend gave me my $100. I offered to give him $20, and he wouldn’t take it. But I insisted he have it to take his daughter to McDonald's for lunch.</p> <p> Thanks guys.</p> <p> <em>— Don Krentz</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:60d01505-b60c-4ddc-84e0-d61ce56d942b Let’s not miss the kindness all around us http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3ae3d57810-54ec-45f5-9fc2-7fa94ea2f1ed&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 03 May 2012 17:37:00 GMT <p> The most amazing kindness that I can ever remember happened to me recently when I was out for lunch with friends.</p> <p> My dear friend, Jessica, her four-year-old daughter and I decided we would enjoy a hamburger, so after grocery shopping we went to McDonald's. When we arrived, we discovered we had piled the groceries in the car on top of my walker. Instead of taking all the groceries out, I decided to try walking without it.</p> <p> As I was struggling to get out of the car, three or four young Chinese men walked by, smiling at us. A few seconds later, one of them came back, put his left arm around my shoulder, and taking me by the right hand, he helped me into McDonald's.</p> <p> After helping me with my coat and seating me, he again put his arm around my shoulder and his right hand on my right cheek, then bending over he said, “My grandmother is about your age,” and gently kissed my left cheek before quietly walking away.</p> <p> Then I got thinking about acts of kindness and realized that my friend Jessica has been more than just kind to me. She is a wife, a mother and also works outside the home, but still finds time to come and take me grocery shopping.</p> <p> As we live our day to day lives, let us remember not just the random acts of kindness, but the kindness that might be right in front of us, lest we take that for granted.</p> <p> <em>—Ida Atkinson, age 89</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:e3d57810-54ec-45f5-9fc2-7fa94ea2f1ed Thanks for wallet’s return http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a21711f90-12d2-4005-ade2-0472be9ea908&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sat, 21 Apr 2012 22:51:00 GMT <p> I should like to thank the person who handed in my wallet after I had left it by the telephone at the Winnipeg Clinic on April 10.</p> <p> <br /> The nurse at Dr. Dookeran’s office went down to reception to bring it up for me. I was so shocked to see it as I had no idea I’d left it behind.</p> <p> <br /> What a relief to have it back safely because some kind and honest person had seen it there. I am so thankful for that kindness.</p> <p> <br /> — Doreen Leverick</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:21711f90-12d2-4005-ade2-0472be9ea908 Everyday heroes all around http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a558bc367-0166-4d63-8986-ed3117ed46b6&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:49:00 GMT <p> I was shopping at Zellers, Grant Park, and had a full cart at the check-out.</p> <p> <br /> An older gentleman walked up at the same time as I did, and I told him to go in front of me. I noticed he was carrying a newborn baby outfit, and I asked him if there was a new baby in his family. Turns out it was a family friend who had a baby, but it opened up a conversation about how many children and grandchildren he has.</p> <p> <br /> He then went on to tell me that, over the years, he and his wife have been foster parents to 65 children!</p> <p> Maybe this chat wasn’t really an act of kindness, but I walked away from this nice conversation thinking what a gift this man and his wife are to have helped so many children.</p> <p> There sure are some everyday heroes all around us.</p> <p> — Tamara Fehr</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:558bc367-0166-4d63-8986-ed3117ed46b6 Guardian angels save the day for young woman http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a0cee22ba-ddb2-4831-87f5-dff91dfeddde&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:48:00 GMT <p> My husband and I had driven to 7-Eleven to mail a parcel.</p> <p> <br /> As I got out of the car, I stepped on a plastic bag, lost my balance and fell backwards, hitting my head on the car parked next to us.</p> <p> <br /> Before I could blink an eye, two young men came running to my assistance. After assuring them I was OK, they helped me up.</p> <p> <br /> They noticed that my head was bleeding, so Ryan (one of my angels) called 911. He explained that an old lady had fallen and was bleeding from a cut on her head. And I was thinking, “I’m not an old lady — I’m only 81.”</p> <p> <br /> Ryan applied pressure to the wound using paper towels that his friend got from 7-Eleven, until the paramedics arrived. When the paramedics arrived, they stopped the bleeding and bandaged my head, while asking me dozens of questions.</p> <p> <br /> Since the ambulance was stuck behind a train and I was obviously OK, the paramedics suggested that my husband drive me to an emergency ward or a walk-in clinic for the stitches I required. Ryan stayed with us until we left for the clinic.</p> <p> <br /> Thank you again Ryan and friend. You were truly my guardian angels.</p> <p> <br /> — Agnes Mohr</p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:0cee22ba-ddb2-4831-87f5-dff91dfeddde Thank you, mystery hero http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/kindness/Random_acts_of_kindness.html?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013&plckPostId=Blog%3ad8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post%3a1242c914-4e73-46b9-be72-e10558edc48a&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:50:00 GMT <p> I went out for dinner with some friends to the Boston Pizza in Transcona. When it was time to pay for my meal, I realized I didn’t have my wallet. I ran out to the car, but it wasn’t there. I searched the restaurant and the parking lot. No wallet.</p> <p> Thoughts of someone going on a shopping spree with my hard-earned dough filled my head. I resigned myself to the hassle of cancelling credit and debit cards, getting a new driver’s licence and social security card.</p> <p> On my way home, I popped over to my old house — we’d just moved the previous week — to check for mail one last time. To my utter shock, the wallet was inside the mailbox.</p> <p> It was soaking wet — obviously it had fallen out of my jacket into a parking lot puddle. Everything was intact — credit cards, cash and everything else.</p> <p> Some anonymous person must have driven out of his or her way to help me, a total stranger. The fact someone would do this was more amazing than having my possessions back.</p> <p> Many thanks, my mystery hero!</p> <p> <em>— Chad Scarsbrook</em></p> Blog:d8357774-0fc2-45ee-bf40-7053c5ac7013Post:1242c914-4e73-46b9-be72-e10558edc48a