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Random acts of kindness

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Bus driver makes the day every day

I have a morning bus driver who makes the morning trip to work a pleasure every day and who is kind to everyone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I don't think there are too many people who look forward to the morning ride to work, but our No. 10 Wolseley driver (leaves Dubuc and DesMeurons at 6:56 a.m., Stop 50230) has made it that way for many passengers.

I would just like to thank him for making my work day start off great every day.

-- Gail Holm

Kept my car dry

MY friend and I went out to Osborne Street to have supper and we parked on one of the residential side streets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

-- Kaitlin Fulmore

Kindness in grocery store line

MY son and I walked to our neighbourhood Sobeys store in River Park South to pick up a couple of things.

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."

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."

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."

I asked for a business card or number so I could pay her back, but she would have none of it.

So, to the unnamed woman at Sobey's in River Park South, thank you very much. What a nice thing to do.

On the walk back home all my son talked about was the lady at the store and how nice she was.

-- D. Iwan

Just pay it forward

I would like to thank Rob and Belinda V. for returning my boyfriend's wallet.

He had left it at the gas pumps at 7-Eleven on Henderson Highway, and Rob and Belinda found it.

He offered them a reward, but all they asked in return was for him to pay it forward.

-- Tara Bednar

Support for mentally challenged strong at Jazz Fest

OUTDOOR free events such as Jazz Fest really illustrate how we support mentally challenged adults.

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?

Well, Winnipeggers, you stepped right up and you handled yourselves beautifully. Jazz-Fest-going Winnipeggers are really nice, kind, people.

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.

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 continued dancing alongside Starved-for-Affection Dude.

Punky Hula-Hoop-Streamer-Spinning Lady shared her streamers with Scowly-Dollarama-Accessory-Clad-Lady who had a part-time caregiver-companion with her.

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 think I saw her crack a smile.

Angry-Dancing-Conductor-Guy really likes to flail his arms violently when he dances so everyone just gave him lots of space.

Share the love, Winnipeg! It takes a village to support a mentally challenged adult.

-- Kim Zeglinski

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 1, 2012 G8

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