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Random acts of kindness

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Why I love the people of Winnipeg

I was headed to Polo Park with my elderly mother when she slipped on some ice and fell backward, smacking her head on the road.

I was not able to lift her on my own so I started calling for help. Many people came. I love the people of Winnipeg.

A man lifted her up, and she didn't respond well. I was worried she had broken something or suffered a major concussion. It turns out she was OK -- able to respond but in pain.

We were watching her face closely for any signs she was feeling ill effects, and we did not notice that a bus had pulled up nearby. The driver came over and said she could get on the bus where it was warm while we waited for the paramedics.

I believe it was the driver who alerted us to the blood seeping through the back of her hood. Once we were on the bus, he gave me some paper towels to mop up the blood and told her to lie down and wait for the paramedics.

He then folded up his coat for her to use as a pillow. I really thought this was above and beyond. My mother didn't want to get blood on the coat, but he told her it wasn't a problem.

Paramedics took us to Misericordia, where she was given some tests and only needed four stitches and some recovery time.

Thanks to all of you who helped -- the man who helped her up and onto the bus, the driver who went above and beyond, the transit supervisor who showed such concern, the paramedics and the couple in the waiting room at the hospital who helped her out when I had to leave to attend to someone else.

May God bless all of you. I am sorry I didn't get your names but want to thank you for helping in a scary situation and making it a little less so.

-- Cheryl Panisiak

I was the lucky one

I just want to send a big thank you to a very kind gentleman.

I was out shoveling my driveway, and I knew I would be there for hours. Feeling a little discouraged, I stopped for a few moments to look around. I saw this gentleman going down my street in a front-end loader used to clear snow.

I thought, "Someone is going to be lucky today." I watched him go right by my house and just stood for a few moments longer. He backed up and positioned himself in front of my driveway. I just looked at him for a few seconds, then he started to clear out my driveway.

I was in shock. I waited and when he finished, I was going to ask if he wanted a coffee or a drink, but he just waved and kept going down the street.

I was the lucky one that day. There are still kind people out there. He knows who he is, and I appreciate his generous act of kindness.

-- Karen Bertrand

Never forget kind neighbour

ON Christmas Eve, I arrived home after church to find my garage door would not go down. I locked the cars, and went into the house as I was unable to do anything else.

Christmas morning, I found a note at my back door from my young neighbour across the alley. He had come home late, noticed the stuck door and, regardless that it was past midnight, managed to fix it.

It was about -31 C that night, and he had not even met us. But his kindness to a couple of senior citizens will never be forgotten.

-- Hershel and Irene Ferguson

Thanks for Random Acts of Kindness stories

READING the daily newspaper for a week can get me down. School shootings, accidents, robberies, fires, floods and disasters of all kinds. The list goes on.

But when Saturday's paper arrives, I seek out the Random Acts of Kindness column. It's full of stories with happy ending, thank yous for found and returned wallets, purses, special jewelry pieces, help with a flat tire, paying it forward with coffee, snacks, lunches or grocery items. That list goes on, too.

The variety of kind gestures reminds me there is more good than bad in the world. The stories make me smile and lighten my spirits; I'm sure other readers feel it too.

A big thank you to all who share their personal random acts of kindness experiences.

-- Sylvia Walker

Great care at hospitals

I was recently hospitalized in both Misericordia and Victoria hospitals and although I cannot remember the names of all the doctors, nurses and other medical staff, I would like to send a special thank you for the care they took of me.

As busy as they were, always someone seemed to be looking out for my wellbeing. It was much appreciated.

There was an especially kind female ambulance attendant got me a cup of tea one day.

I would also being doing a disservice not to thank Mrs. Edna G. and Mrs. Alexis M. for going out of their way to get my prescription and pick me up some groceries. Much appreciated.

-- Gary DeLuca

Helping hands at Costco

A big thank you to the two friendly ladies at Costco who helped load a big comfy chair into our CRV .

We had joked about it in the store with them, and when we were waiting for customer service to assist, these two kind ladies appeared and told us they would load it for us. In a couple of seconds the chair was in the vehicle.

Thank you for your help. It was really appreciated.

-- Larry and Marg Gluck

Cheerful clerk at Greyhound

Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, me included. I would like to thank the cheerful young man working behind the counter at Winnipeg Greyhound Courier on Dec. 18 at 2:13 p.m. for his positive attitude and wonderful disposition.

Unfortunately, I did not get his name, but his upbeat attitude improved my day immeasurably, and I cannot begin to thank him enough, especially given it was such a busy time of year for Greyhound.

I'm sure he has no idea how much his happy demeanor and uplifting personality meant to me, but it renewed my faith in the phrase the reason for the season.

-- C. Larsen

Thank you, kind sir

It was a cold day in January and the wind and snow from a storm had packed snow into my double driveway.

I try to keep my driveway clear for the safety of my paper and postal delivery men. So I cleaned my front steps and walk, then went inside for lunch.

While I was inside, a very kind gentleman on a small green John Deere tractor blew out the driveway. He really made my day.

Thank you so much, kind sir!

-- Carol I. McLeod

A nice treat at Kelekis

My daughter and I were having lunch at Kelekis (It was our favorite cheeseburger.)

We were sitting beside a very nice couple from Petersfield and had a pleasant conversation with them. When we were about to leave, the gentleman asked if he could see our bill and I (not thinking) said "Yes, you can see it." He kept it and said he would pay it for us.

To the people who so kindly treated us to lunch: we wish we had asked for your names. Thank you very much. There are good people in this world, and you are two of the special ones. We will pay it forward.


Anne Ostop and Mary Osborn

Good morning for helpers

I love reading Random Acts of Kindness. It is reassuring to know that there are so many kind souls still in existence; it is easy to forget.

I drive past Balmoral Hall every day on my way to work. A few weeks ago, a student became stuck in the snow and was blocking traffic, both ways. Almost immediately, people were jumping from their cars and offering to help, myself included. As I approached the car, the student lowered her window, so I said "Good morning." The three people already positioned at the back bumper looked up and said, "Good morning" right back to me.

We pushed her out, and we all ran back to our cars without saying another word.

I love living here.

-- Bill Peters

Credit all round

I am 73 years old. At the end of September, I sustained a serious leg fracture and foot dislocation. I now walk without aids, but slowly. A few weeks ago, I was twice inspired by teenage boys chivalry.

Three lads arrived at the door at the Sals, just ahead of my husband and I. I motioned them in, but they stood back, while one held the door for us.

Another day, at Applebees, a young man was dashing out the door as we were about to enter. He took a step back to hold the door open for us.

I wish I knew these fella's names. They are a credit to themselves, but a credit as well to their parents.

-- Eleanor Cramp

Truly made her day

I usually take the 160-161 bus to the University of Manitoba, but one morning I got on the wrong bus and had to get off the bus where Bison Drive meets Pembina Highway.

I was not looking forward to my long walk to the University as it was minus 40 that morning with the windchill. I started walking down Bison Drive when a taxi cab pulled up beside me and offered me a ride. I kindly declined, but he insisted it was free of charge since it was way too cold for anyone to be walking.

I forgot to ask for his name, but I want to sincerely thank him for the ride. He truly made my day. It's people like this that remind me why I love Winnipeg so much.

-- Julie Labossiere

Car boost boosts morale

One Monday morning in January, my husband parked in the loop at the front entrance of St. Boniface Hospital, turned on the hazard lights and ran in to pick me up after a minor procedure.

Upon returning to the car five to 10 minutes later, the battery refused to turn over in the minus 42 degree windchill. There were quite a few cars and people in the immediate area, but no one was willing to help, most citing the cold as a reason.

But one man helped. We would like to send a very heartfelt thank you to the gentleman who told us that he did not have booster cables in his car but went home to retrieve them and returned to give us a much needed boost so we could get home.

Thank you sir, you not only boosted our car but also our morale!

-- Frank and Linda Grueneich

The ultimate Christmas present

My wife passed away Jan 4, after a six-month battle with a very aggressive form of thyroid cancer where the tumour affected her ability to breath.

She was rushed to St Boniface Palliative Care unit Christmas Day after going into respiratory distress. They spent the day stabilizing her and that evening, she told me, "This is the most comfortable I've been in five months."

Several days later she told me she felt safe there. She was there nine days, and it was clear her comfort and dignity was of utmost importance to all the staff.

At what was the most difficult time of our lives, I find peace knowing she was in such a compassionate environment when we were both so vulnerable.

The staff take what is their routine job and take it to a whole new level. They were our ultimate Christmas present, and I will never forget them.

-- Gerry Gaudry

Friendly people in La Salle

On the Saturday before Christmas, my grandson was driving my wife and I to La Salle for a family Christmas party.

We took a wrong turn and when we realized we were going the wrong way, my grandson tried to turn the car around. But because he wasn't used to driving on country roads, he backed the car into the snow-covered ditch.

We tried to get the car back on the road but could not. There we were, with no one around and no cellphone. It was starting to get dark when along came a young man who drove me to the La Salle gas station where the fellow at the garage arranged to have a friend pull us out with his truck.

I want to thank these three gentlemen for their kindness to an old fellow in a Santa's hat. They wouldn't take any payment just wished us a Merry Christmas. Your kindness was deeply appreciated.

-- Rob Tait

She believes in miracles now

I want to send the biggest thank You to all the staff at the St. James Street Canadian Tire.

Carrie, Darlene and all the staff went above and beyond for me. I lost my engagement ring in their store, and they searched high and low to find it.

I woke up to a phone call Thursday morning from Carrie, asking me if I believed in miracles. My ring had been found (on the opposite side of the store from where I had lost it.)

I am so very impressed by their dedication and sincerity. They moved furniture and even went through garbage for me, a complete stranger.

Everyone I share my story with has commented on how truly unique these people are. I can never thank them enough. They have inspired me to pay it forward.

-- Diana Sanders

Thanks to a great guy

Thanks so much for the help on Friday Jan. 25 lunch time, to the great guy who helped my wife and friend with the flat tire on Bishop Grandin. With all the traffic going by and the snow, he went way over the top in helping them. He took the tire off and put the spare on before I showed up.

I never got a chance to get his name, but he told my wife and her friend to pass a good deed forward, which the three of us will do.

Thank you so much for taking care of them.

-- Terry Chowen

Two sweet guys

My friend and I got a great parking spot on Portage Avenue right in front of RBC when we were headed to see the Tragically Hip.

When we returned to my vehicle three hours later, my car was completed boxed in by a row of snow left by city plows. There was no way I could take my little Mazda over a 50-centimetre row of hard snow and ice without damage. But with no shovel in my car, we were basically stranded.

We started trying to kick the ice to see if I could drive over it, but I kept getting stuck.

A Unicity cab went by us and I waved, to ask him if he might have a shovel. Instead, he pulled over, and both he and his gentleman fare helped us move snow (with our feet!) until he hopped in my Mazda and manoeuvered over the obstacle.

His fare said the driver had offered to stop the meter while they helped us get out.

Our evening, which had started so Tragically, ended magically thanks to those two sweet guy.

-- Heather Witherden

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 2, 2013 G7

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