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Random acts of kindness

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Super Dave tracked down lost calendar's owner

I cannot thank enough a certain Dave in Winnipeg who took the time and effort to return my lost calendar to me.

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He understood how I would miss all the dates and appointments marked in it, including all our birthdays and anniversaries in 2014.

My granddaughter was driving me around on lots of errands that day. I had my calendar on my lap to check on a certain appointment. I did not even see it slip away, and the wind must have blown it out of sight under the car.

In the evening, I could not find it in any of my bags and searched frantically for where I might have left it. I started putting the events I could remember, the when and where, into a spare calendar.

Then came a call from Grace Hospital assuring me my calendar was found and I should call the person who has it.

What? I was not even near Grace Hospital that day.

I called and learned Dave had spotted the calendar in the parking lot on Grant Avenue where we were parked when I lost it, so he came out of his store to retrieve it.

There was no name or phone number on the calendar, but realizing how much the owner would miss it, he scanned the pages for clues and found an appointment in July for an X-ray at Grace Hospital. Dave called there, and staff helped him get in touch with me.

I went to Dave's store, Papa Murphy's pizza place, and was disappointed not to meet him, but was given my calendar by staff there.

No words can describe the great kindness and compassionate diligence this very special Dave showed.

-- Ursula and Siegfried Grafe

 

Kind wishes returned in kind

Every day while riding in my truck, my kids roll down their windows and yell, "Have a nice day!"

Some people say it back and some just smile, while others might wave.

The other day, as usual, my kids greeted all who passed us by. That night, I checked my email and found one from a gentleman named Jeff Bell.

It read: "Hi Robyn. Your kids yelled 'Have a nice day' to me at Pembina and Stafford tonight. Tell them the guy on the motorcycle said he hopes they have a nice day, too!"

I thought this was the greatest response ever. I am a photographer and have my name, logo and info all over my truck. He must have taken a moment to remember my info. I read the message to my kids, and they were all smiles.

I sent Jeff a response but wanted to share his random act of kindness with everyone.

Thank you, Jeff Bell, for making my kids' day.

-- Robyn Shapiro


Folks paying it forward

To the very kind gentleman at the self-serve gas bar on St. Anne's Road who took note of my distress when my credit card failed to function, paid the $16.93 -- paying it forward -- and shook my hand, a very big thank you. I will forward a cheque for double the amount to Winnipeg Harvest.

-- Tony Doerksen

WE were two senior couples enjoying breakfast at the Original Pancake House on Pembina Highway. A young couple sat at the next table with their baby. After they left, the waitress told us they had paid our bills.

We thank them for their generosity. We'll pass it on.

-- W. and E. Peters & J. and J. Rempel

 

Great neighbours

Recently, my husband was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Several days later, two young girls put an envelope in our mailbox. We opened and read four get-well cards, all signed "Neighbours."

The cards also contained money to help cover expenses. We were very surprised and very appreciative of their thoughtfulness.

We just wanted to say thank you for your kindness.

-- Pearl and Mickey Rosenberg

 

Strangers helped after fall

I was leaving the Safeway on Kenaston Boulevard on June 17 when I missed the curb and fell in the middle of the road.

I broke my right arm and shoulder. A teenage girl rushed over to me and sat with me until the ambulance came. I did not get her name, but I saw she had an orange wallet. I would like to thank her. I would also like to thank the manager of the Safeway. I think his name is Ed. He was really good at directing traffic and trying to cheer me up. He also told me not to worry about my car, which I had to leave in the lot for the five days I was in hospital.

Also, thank you to these people on Plaza Drive: Iona, Terry, Shirley and John. Without their help, I do not know how I would have managed.

Thanks to all.

-- Gail Grodecki

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 2, 2014 ??65524

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