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Random acts of kindness

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Will never forget kindness

We decided to retire to Winnipeg and purchased a home there a year before we actually moved.

In that year, we made more than 30 trips from Thompson to Winnipeg in our Dodge half-ton truck loaded with our possessions.

Having made all those trips, we had our gas stops figured out to the mile. On one of those trips, it was very stormy and windy causing our mileage to drop. We ran out of gas on the Perimeter Highway about five miles from our Winnipeg house.

It was dark, raining and we were quite embarrassed about our situation but turned on the flashers and hoped for help. Many vehicles passed us before a truck came to a stop. The driver quickly assured us there was a gas station very close, and he would be right back. He returned with a can of gas and insisted we stay in the truck while he poured it in the tank.

We offered him money for the gas and extra for his help. His reply "$20 and the jerry can is yours."

That was 10 years ago, you and your son were on your way home from a Blue Bombers game. We will never forget your random act of kindness, Dave Berger.

-- Ron and Mary Zimmerman

Gary, one great neighbour

I am disabled and unable to shovel my driveway anymore. My daughter was coming over to do it, but she also pays a price for doing it as she has back problems.

Starting a few years ago, I would look out the window and see that somebody other than my daughter had shovelled my entire driveway. It took me more than a month to finally find out it was my next door neighbour's friend who lived in the next bay.

When I saw him, I offered to pay him for his hard work. But he refused any money, saying it was good exercise for him. He and my neighbour are now a couple, so he lives next door to me. For the past two years, he has, without fail, cleared my driveway right down to the pavement.

He also takes my garbage and recycling bins to the curb and puts them back when they have been emptied.

Words cannot express how very grateful both my daughter and I are to Gary for his continued kindness. He certainly embraces every quality you could hope for in a neighbour and even far beyond that.

Gary, you are my angel sent from heaven and I can't thank you enough.

-- Dianne Watson

Made little girl's day

My daughter and I took my granddaughter to the Westwood Sals for breakfast some time ago.

My granddaughter, Hailey, spied the claw machine full of stuffed animals and of course wanted one. We explained to her that it's not always that easy to win.

While we were eating, we watched a man at the machine trying to win a stuffed animal. He must have put about $20 into that machine before he finally won a cute little bear.

He promptly turned around, walked over to our table and without saying a word, handed the bear to Hailey.

My daughter and I were so touched at what he did, it brought tears to our eyes and after many thanks from us and a huge smile from Hailey, he turned and left the restaurant.

I guess seeing a little girl happy was all the thanks he needed. I will never forget his kind gesture in making a little girl's day.

-- Dianne Watson

Friendly Manitoba? Absolutely

On exiting my local M&M store, I found my car locked and running with my keys inside and my roadside assistance info with the keys.

M&M manager Eric Hogue put my food back in the freezer and proceeded to try any method he could think of to get into my car. Meanwhile, I tried to contact neighbours to no avail. Finally with the help of another gentleman, Eric managed to get into my car. Kudos to the young lady assistant who very capably looked after the customers in Eric's absence. Friendly Manitoba, absolutely.

Thanks Eric, his assistant and the other gentleman. You're the best!

-- Audrey Bergman

Digging out a kindness

I'd like to give a huge shout-out to my neighbour, Garrett Janzen (pardon me if I've spelled your name incorrectly.)

As I am getting older, I find it more difficult each year to shovel snow, especially the amount we received this year.

I cannot express what I felt those times I was dreading going out to shovel, only to look out the window, and there was Garrett, shovelling for me. Or the times, tired and on the way home from work, planning to park on the street and getting down to that huge job, only to find my driveway had already been cleared.

Thank you to Garrett and his brother, Kerry before him, for your help. You have no idea what your thoughtfulness means to me.

-- Susan Korotash

Spring was in their smiles

We wish to express our surprise and gratitude to two handsome young men from Kia on Regent Avenue.

Four of us ladies were lining up at Tim Hortons when these two gentlemen handed us a $20 bill and said, "This morning coffee's on us."

Spring has certainly arrived. The smiles and sparkling eyes of these two men are proof of it.

What kindness. They made the day for Helen, Sue, Bev and Marge.

-- Marge Riel

Kindness much appreciated

My wife suffers from severe dementia, and she and I were attending a funeral at St. Ignatius Church.

During the service, my wife started showing signs of being about to pass out. I was trying to keep her conscious when two men (one was a Cropo Funeral Chapel associate, I believe the other man have been affiliated with the church), brought a wheelchair, lifted my wife into it and took her outside.

They stayed with her while I got the car, then they lifted her into the car and buckled her in.

As we are both in our mid-80s, their act of kindness was very much appreciated. By the time we got home, my wife was feeling much better.

Many, many thanks to both of you.

-- Tom Moody

Clerk took time to help

I am 85 years old and live in a retirement community in Winnipeg.

A couple of times a week, the community's shuttle bus will take us on an excursion. About a month ago, we went to the Sobeys on Kenaston Boulevard.

When it was time to catch the shuttle bus back home, I noticed my ring was gone. I figured it must have fallen off somewhere in the store as it was the only place I had been.

I went to customer service to ask if it had been turned in, but the line was long and I didn't want to miss the bus back home. I thought my ring was gone for good.

A couple of days later, I was still thinking about my ring. My daughter Lorraine lives all the way out on the East Coast and she had sent me money for Christmas. I had bought the ring with her money gift and felt so bad it was gone. I phoned Sobeys on the off chance that maybe someone turned in my ring.

The girl who answered at Sobeys was so nice. Sometimes people don't take the time for us older folks. We talk slow and move slow and sometimes they just try to kind of ignore us, you know.

I asked her if a ring had been turned in and she asked if I would hold while she checked. When she came back on the line, she asked me to describe my ring.

It was my ring! I told her it would be a couple of weeks before I could pick it up as the shuttle wasn't going back to Sobeys for a couple of weeks. She said no problem, it would be at the service desk for me.

A couple of weeks later, when we went back to Sobeys, I went to customer service and asked if they had a ring set aside for me. They did. It was well wrapped and safe.

I want to say thank you to whoever turned in my ring and thank you to the staff at Sobeys for being so helpful.

-- Blanche Trager

Phew, relief phone returned

A big thank you to the person that turned in a lost cellphone at the Jets vs. Islanders game on April 20. You cannot imagine what a relief it was to get the phone back.

Thanks again and also thanks to the MTS staff who went the extra mile to get the phone back to us.

It's much appreciated.

-- R. Iftody and L. Barry

Big thank you to big-hearted lady

I want to say a big thank you to a lady, whose name I do not know, but who paid for my gas purchase recently at Co-op Gas on Regent Avenue.

It was my intention to have the cashier put my debit card purchase through to check my cash availability before pumping my gas.

This lady said, "Dear, I will pay for your gas." I said, "Oh no, you don't have to do that." She said, Yes, it's paid for already."

I brought my vehicle to the pump and waited for this lady to return to her vehicle. When she came out, I hugged her and said, "Thanks so much. You are such a generous person."

I explained to her that our family has had some difficult times lately, and I felt so moved by her caring, generous nature.

She replied, "Oh dear, that's OK. Please go enjoy a coffee," and she put $5 into my hand.

It just feels so good to know that not all people today only care about themselves. Many people experience different struggles at different times in their life, and it feels good knowing that other people care and understand hardships and are willing to help others when in need.

Thanks ever so much. You're forever in my heart.

-- Cheryl Sapach

Act of kindness makes her smile

A while back, my husband and I were shopping in Zellers in Southdale (now being renovated as a Target store) when I exclaimed that Sensodyne toothpaste cost $5. I must have sounded really upset about the price because the next thing I knew a stranger told me she had some coupons for the product.

I was rather embarrassed, and I tried in vain to tell her that I had the $5 but thought it was too much to pay for toothpaste.

However, she insisted I should have the coupons but explained that they were in her car in the parking lot. She would have to retrieve them from there. Again, to no avail, I told her there was no need and thanked her for her concern.

In the meantime, my husband had come back from another section of the store and was surprised to find me in the same spot as when he had left.

I explained the situation, and both of us were wondering if the lady would reappear. Was this an act of kindness or some kind of joke? Were we being given the brush-off?

I'm happy to report she did come back with the coupons in hand. How kind of her to go to so much trouble!

I thanked her and I realized that there is no such thing as too small an act of kindness.

It certainly gave me something to smile about and a brighter smile at that!

-- Marilyn Penner

Great to have friends

After attending a workshop, I stopped at Sobeys on Birds Hill Road and ran in to get supplies to make cookies for some of the kids at Dr. Hamilton School.

At the register, I realized I didn't have my cash or cash card with me. Saundra, my cashier, took $20 from her pocket and told me she would pay for it and I could pay her back later.

Wow! Back in my car, my friend gave me $20 to repay Saundra so I wouldn't have to come back.

It is great to have friends like these, and I don't even have to give them some of the cookies.

-- Avril Kousof

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 27, 2013 G10

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