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  • A big thank-you to driver who saved tiny dogs

    10/20/2014 1:02 PM

    ONE recent morning, one of my little Shih Tzu dogs got loose. As I started to look for him and close my back gate, my other Shih Tzu ran away.

    I was close to tears as the dogs ran down Keewatin Street towards Inkster Boulevard, where all the busy traffic was. I tried to get them to come back, with no luck.

    I went back to my house to get leashes, and when I got back the dogs were gone. By then I was frantic, fearing the worst would happen and they would get hit by a car.

    Then my cellphone rang. The caller was a United Messenger delivery driver who had picked my dogs up as they were running across Keewatin. I am so grateful for the wonderful thing this man did for my family by calling the number on their dog tags.

    Good deeds often go unnoticed. It seems all we ever hear about are the bad things people do, never the good. This very nice man should be given his day of praise. He is a hero and a true gentleman in my book.

    Oreo and Nixon are now resting comfortably on their favourite chair after their adventure down Keewatin, and I can relax with my furry friends peacefully, knowing Winnipeg has been blessed with one very special delivery driver with a kind heart.


    — JoAnne Schaworski


  • Nice neighbour

    10/18/2014 2:00 PM

    MY 12-year-old son wiped out badly on his bike.

    His gym bag swung into his spokes, causing the front wheel to lock and sending him face-first into the pavement.

    His face was a mess of bruises, cuts and blood.

    My husband, Wes, took him to the hospital to see if he needed stitches and to check for broken bones.

    When they returned, a lady we’ve never met before, who lives on the next street and had been driving by earlier, stopped by to see if my son was OK.

    Later, she returned with a gift bag containing a box of popsicles and a "hope you feel better soon" card, both of which helped to cheer our son up.

    Thank you for your kindness, Mireille.

    — Gloria Dillabough


  • Kindness at Kildonan Place

    10/17/2014 2:00 PM

    MY husband and I travelled to Winnipeg to celebrate Father’s Day at our granddaughter’s home in Transcona.

    I asked my husband to stop at Kildonan Place, as I wanted to go to Target. He stayed in the van.

    It was raining, and my shoes were wet as I walked into the mall. I stepped through the second set of doors; the floor was very shiny. My right foot slipped and I fell on my left knee, then back against the doors, injuring my back and left arm. I was unable to get up.

    There were two young men and one pregnant lady who helped me up, but I couldn’t put weight on my left leg. A lady who had seen me fall brought a chair, and the kind gentlemen put me on it. One of the young gentlemen went to get my husband while the other young man and two ladies waited with me. Upon my husband’s arrival, the two fellows carried me in the chair to our van. I never got their names to let them know how grateful I was for their help. I had surgery, and although I’m still recovering, I am doing fine.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    — Wilma Nikodem



  • Optimistic outlook

    10/16/2014 2:00 PM

    ON New Year’s Eve, our car skidded onto a snowbank on Wellington Crescent at Renfrew Street.

    People in five different cars stopped to offer assistance. Two men and two women attempted to push us out, to no avail. One woman offered to drive us to the nearest coffee shop; we had, however, accepted a ride to the nearest service station. At the station, Jane, a woman not of our acquaintance, went out of her way to drive us home.

    Our thanks to all who helped us to look optimistically to the new year.

    — Hugh and Maureen Taggart


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