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  • A touching act of generosity

    My husband and I went out Halloween night with our nine-year-old daughter, Ava.

    Ava has autism and a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. Navigating the steps was tricky and tiring for her, but she was determined to go to as many houses as she could.

    Many parents took extra time to engage Ava in conversation and make sure she made her way down their steps safely.

    There was one boy who took an extra few moments with our daughter. He was out with his friend; they both looked around 13 years old. This young boy looked very concerned about Ava and asked me to wait.

    He placed his bag of candy on the ground, scooped out a huge amount of candy and placed it in Ava’s bag. He then said, as he continued to look at Ava, "I used to have a brother like her."

    It was a very touching act of kindness we will never forget. Whoever you are young man, thank you again.

    — Nicole Mastaler



  • Boy chooses benevolence over birthday presents

    Last year my son, Justin Curé, heard about the little Winnipeg girl who used her birthday money to buy toys and make gift baskets to deliver to the sick children’s ward at the hospital.

    Justin was so inspired, he asked if he could do something similar but for a different cause. I said, "Of course," and for the last four or five months he has been trying to decide which charity.

    This has proven to be a difficult decision. It was never a question about donating. The issue was which charity to choose.

    Before his birthday party, we sent out invitations indicating all his birthday money will go to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba.

    I asked him why he chose this charity, and he said it because it has affected our family. His great-grandmother had the disease, and he wants to help find a cure because of "how sad it is to love someone who has the disease and how you shared wonderful memories together over the years, and that they eventually don’t remember those memories and at some point no longer remember you."

    I can’t wait to see how great he will feel the day he drops the money off at his charity.

    I am so very proud to be Justin’s mother. His thoughtful action has inspired his entire school, kids and adults alike.

    Thank you for hearing our great story. We are hoping you share it with others, even if it inspires just one person to pay it forward.

    — Kelly Murray-Curé


  • Strangers facilitated cat’s care after owner’s fall

    I fell in my apartment one Sunday last spring and broke my hip. I was quickly whisked away by ambulance to Seven Oaks Hospital.

    I was slated to have surgery the next day. Early that day, I was wailing away at a hospital staff member that my cat, Mio, had already spent 24 hours alone in my apartment without food or water. What to do? I had no one who could take care of him.

    Suddenly, clearly across the four-bed ward, someone called out, "My husband will look after your cat." It was a couple visiting another patient.

    A brief conference ensued. I made the necessary two phone calls, and this extraordinary husband sped away from the north end of the city to Osborne Village.

    There, he and the manager of my apartment building went to my suite, located Mio’s carrying case and managed to place him in it without difficulty (although he usually hates that case.)

    This remarkable gentleman then drove south on Pembina Highway, well past the University of Manitoba, to a cat-boarding establishment, where he booked Mio in and then managed to get a message to me that all the arrangements had been successfully completed.

    What a relief. Of course, in my addled state I failed to learn the names of this incredible couple and am now taking advantage of this Winnipeg Free Press feature to tell them how much I appreciate their help and kindness at a time when I so desperately needed both.

    To Mr. and Mrs. Wonderful: a thousand and a thousand thanks, and may your lives forever be blessed with health, harmony and all good things.

    — J.D. McCormick



  • Thoughtful gesture

    I was heading to work on a Saturday night and decided to stop at the Tim Hortons in Sage Creek to pick up a coffee and sandwich for a long night ahead of me.

    As I approached the window to pay, the nice guy at the wicket said the gentleman ahead of me had purchased my order.

    I just wanted to say thank you to the guy in the silver Chrysler Intrepid with the firefighter licence plate. Your thoughtful gesture was very appreciated.

    I’ve been a giver in the past but never a receiver. Now I know how the person on the other end feels.

    Hope you had a great day.

    — Betty Polischuk


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