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26 random acts

Arriving home after Christmas spent in B.C. with family, I sorted through my mail, and discovered a note that states I'm number three out of 26 random acts of kindness from someone not named who is honouring the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was a gift certificate for a gold service at the Chamois Car Wash.

What a big surprise, and what a wonderful thing to do.

It is extra special to me, since my hubby passed away last year, leaving me to deal with whatever needs to be taken care of.

Thank you, thank you to this generous thoughtful person who cared enough to do this for me.

God bless you.

-- Patricia Medgyes

Sweeter than chocolate

My daughter is currently a full-time student working part-time to save for her education.

Several months ago she was working at a part-time job in a local mall. She assisted a customer with his purchase and at the end of the transaction he asked her if she was in school. She replied, "Yes."

As she handed him his purchase, he handed her a white envelope and stated, "Here is a little something for your education. Hold it dear to your heart; there is a lot of money in there." He then promptly left.

As astonished as she was, she had no time to react because there were other customers to attend to. She placed the envelope under the counter.

Once the store cleared out, her colleagues opened the envelope and discovered $500.

For several months, she has been unsure how to accept such a large gift from a complete stranger. She is a member of her school's Youth in Philanthropy group and holds dear the value of helping those in need. She pondered over the money, trying to understand why she was so fortunate to have this unexpected gift suddenly come to her. The first thing she thought about was how there are other people out there who could also benefit from such a kind gesture.

She has finally decided to use the money as it was originally intended by the kind stranger. Half the amount will go into her education.

As for the other half, she decided to pay it forward and donate it as an award for graduating students at two local high schools. It will be used to recognize two students who demonstrate leadership and outstanding qualities that motivate the actions young philanthropists take to make this a better world.

My daughter wants to formally thank this gentleman for his kind gesture and recognize that his actions made a difference.

Thank you.

-- R. Acquisto

Thanks to helpful stranger

My mother has Alzheimer's. It is still in the early stages, so wandering off and getting lost had never happened before.

Recently, she went for a walk up Westwood Drive and became disoriented and panicked. She did not recognize her surroundings and became extremely upset.

She knocked on a door of a nearby house and explained her situation. Luckily, she still remembers her address and the man that lived there drove her home.

As she currently remembers very little of her daily events the fact that she was able to piece together the details of her "adventure" shows how traumatic it was.

She wanted to thank the person who helped her, but is unable to remember where the house is, so I thought I would post a thank you here.

Thank you for your kindness, patience and for your help.

-- Shelley Mollot

Bless you, Natasha

I want to thank Natasha, the kind stranger who took the time to return my cellphone to me after I lost it on Wellington Crescent.

It is so reassuring to know there are still people in the world who go out of their way to help others.

Natasha wouldn't even take a reward for her kindness and I am so grateful to have the phone back. What a wonderful thing to do.

God bless.

-- Lori Hildebrand

A boy with a dream

I want to say thank you to a 12-year-old boy with a dream of helping others less fortunate.

Together with his family and the help of volunteers, they make lunches and bring winter clothing to Winnipeg homeless shelters.

This boy has reminded me of the importance of giving and helping those in need. Because of him, my children and I now give up something each month, such as ordering pizza, and use that money to bring them items they need to make the lunches.

I love that we are able to help out and though it may not seem like much, it adds up.

I encourage all of your readers to help this boy's dream continue to flourish and like his Facebook page: Lunches With Love.

They do not want financial donations because they encourage people to get out and do something. Donate a food item towards the lunches they make, join them and lend a helping hand on lunch-making day, help a neighbour out, hold a door open for someone, volunteer at a soup kitchen. Just get out there and help someone in need.

This boy rocks and he is the future. Thank you for making it brighter.

-- Natasha Keith

Thanks for wallet returned

I want to say a huge thank you to a very kind and wonderful person who came to my home to give me my wallet that I lost in the Superstore parking lot on McPhillips Street.

I don't have her name, but I wish to express my sincere gratitude.

-- B. Sing

Saved by inches

Every once in a while, you hear about God's angels here on Earth. To actually experience their grace is truly a miracle.

I lost control of my car on the icy road, on Highway 59, just north of South Beach Casino while on my way home from Pine Falls. I was not driving fast, but the car spun around, flew into the ditch and landed upside down.

I know my car was filled with God's heavenly angels as I was not hurt and very calm -- and also because my car came to a stop only inches from iced-over water that would have been over my head.

The man who towed my car, Terry from Selkirk, informed me that when he went in front of my car to hook it up, he broke through the ice and couldn't touch bottom.

I also know that I was surrounded by earthly angels as they came to my aid in the ditch. They called to me to let me know they were there, opened the door and got me out to safety.

They offered me the warmth of their hearts as well as the warmth of their car.

Once we realized that I was indeed OK, another angel drove me all the way to my home in Selkirk.

I did ask their names, but in my time of shock, sadly, I forgot them, except for Lauren, who drove me home.

I told them to read the Random Acts of Kindness column in the paper as I would be telling my story.

My family and I want to send the most sincere thank you to you all.

I pray that you all had a safe trip home that night. Thank you again, from my heart.

-- Lynda Miller


Went the extra mile

My husband and I finally went on a long-delayed trip to Cuba. We travelled to Winnipeg from out of town, stayed overnight at a hotel near the airport and loaded up our truck around 2:30 a.m. to head to our flight.

Either our truck tailgate was not closed or wasn't closed all the way because during the drive, my suitcase fell out, something we only noticed after parking at the airport.

My husband immediately went back out and drove our route but did not find it.

I ended up in Cuba in my Canadian winter clothes and with nothing else, but was helped out by the lovely ladies in a little gift shop where we were staying, so I managed and we had a great holiday.

The only downside was that I was thinking that somehow I was going to have to replace the majority of my summer wardrobe, something I hadn't counted on.

During our layover in Toronto when returning, I called my son in Winnipeg, and he told me that the airport had my luggage. Someone had found it, turned it in to lost and found there, and I would be able to get it when we returned. Amazing! I felt like I had won the lottery.

Unfortunately, whoever turned it in did not leave his/her name and I really want to thank them. They went the extra mile for me and it is so appreciated.

-- Dee Carlson

Thank you, Bob

We had been excitedly awaiting our container of coffee. Our plan was for the truck driver to spot the container in front of our garage, and we would simple unload it directly into the garage.

My heart sank Friday night when the driver told me he couldn't back the container into our yard. How are we going to get all that coffee from the road into our garage, I wondered as I tried to sleep that night.

Saturday morning at 9 a.m., I had to pick up our crew hired for the day. So I left the house at 8 a.m. in search of a pickup truck to borrow.

I ended up driving through the Selkirk GMC dealer's lot. They have lots of trucks I thought. Maybe I could borrow a used one for the day.

I walked in and explained our situation to a salesman there. It was still early, and he said I'd have to wait and talk to the sales manager when he gets in. I chatted a little more with Bob and he suddenly said to me, "Hey ,just take my truck," as simple as that, no questions, no asking for compensation, "Just have it back by 5 p.m."

Bob Krychuk, who I had never met before, lifted a huge weight of stress off my shoulders with his generous act of kindness to a stranger.

Thank you, Bob.

-- Derryl Reid

People, especially this one, are wonderful

My trip to Superstore turned out to be a reaffirmation of the good in humanity.

At the cashier where my total bill was just under $200, I realized I had left my debit card in another coat pocket. The store does not take cheques nor the one credit card I had with me.

A kind-hearted woman behind me offered to put my total bill on her credit card and said, "You can write me a cheque."

In my stunned and embarrassed state, I wrote her a cheque, thanked her and scurried to the car with tears in my eyes.

Wow, people are wonderful. Thank you.

-- Linda Goodbrandson

Nice note left

I parked my car in the lot on Hargrave Street and Graham Avenue and hurried off to my early morning meeting.

Upon return to my car in the late afternoon, there was a note tucked under my windshield wiper. The note stated that my trunk was wide open and they had closed it and hoped nothing was missing.

Nothing was missing ... and the trunk was full as I was heading out of town for the weekend.

There was no name on the note. Thank you to the wonderful person who took time not only to close my trunk but also leave a note so I was aware it had been open.

-- Mary Johnson

Thanks for "watching over" my purse

I would like to thank the two ladies who "watched over" my purse, which I accidently left on a chair at The Forks.

I was busy with my granddaughters, and just as we were just leaving in our car, I realized I had left my purse behind.

My husband ran out to find it, and lo and behold it was still there. Two ladies were waiting to see if we were coming back and had just decided to take it to the lost and found.

Thanks a million for your honesty. I really, really appreciate it, and I hope some kindness happens to you, too.

-- Linda Mozol

Annoyance turns to happiness

I was rushing to get to a meeting downtown on a sunny afternoon when a short girl in a hoodie and jeans tapped me on the shoulder. At first I was annoyed that I was being stopped on my way to the meeting, but as I turned around I saw that the girl held out a pack of my Sheriff cigarettes.

I just want to say thank you to the girl for running to give me back my cigarettes -- I was really motoring! -- and for not keeping them for herself. Even though they are $1 per pack duty free cigarettes, it surprised and gladdened me. Thank you.

-- Owen Toews

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 30, 2013 G6

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