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

    11/25/2014 4:12 PM

    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

    11/22/2014 2:00 PM

    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


  • Stranger stopped the bleeding

    11/21/2014 2:00 PM

    I was driving with my daughters when my youngest, who is seven years old, had a nosebleed.

    I pulled into a strip mall on Portage Avenue and gave her some napkins from the glove compartment.

    It was then I realized it was a serious nosebleed and that she would need medical attention.

    Starting to worry, I knocked on a locked door at one of the businesses. It was a Chinese acupuncturist, and it was closed.

    I asked the acupuncturist if he would assist me, and he said to bring my daughter into the building. He calmly applied cotton balls to her nose and reassured her.

    My daughter started to relax, and after about 20 minutes her nose stopped bleeding.

    I want to say thank you for taking the time to help a stranger. It meant a lot to us.

    — Matthew and Madison Steingart


  • The world is a fabulous place

    11/20/2014 2:00 PM

    JUST wanted to say thank you to the kind man at the Jets game. There’s nothing better than a hotdog at the game.

    When I went to pay I had a $5 bill and my debit card. I quickly found out they only take cash or credit, and my $5 wasn’t enough. I was so bummed.

    The guy behind me tapped me on the shoulder and offered to pay for my hotdog. I tried to give him my $5 bill, but he wouldn’t take it.

    I love being reminded the world is still a pretty fabulous place to be.

    — Christen Roos



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