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  • Help on a hot day

    2:00 PM

    IN the midst of May’s heat wave, I set out to buy two kiddie pools for my dogs. I found what I needed at Walmart’s garden centre.

    I bought the large pool. No problem, I thought, because I have a mid-sized car. As I was dragging these pools through the parking lot, a lady offered to help me carry them to my car.

    Turns out it was a problem: They wouldn’t fit in the back seat.

    I was going to tie them to the roof, but the lady who came to my help said, "I’ll just check with my husband. We have a truck and can take them to your house."

    Sure enough, this lady and her husband loaded the pools in their truck and took them to my home. I offered them money for their time and gas, but they wouldn’t accept it.

    Thank you to this couple, who were so gracious and kind on such a hot day. They went above and beyond being kind to another person. It really restores a person’s faith in the human race.

    — June Cartwright

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  • Truck driver’s quick thinking a lifesaver

    07/21/2014 11:21 AM

    IT was an act of kindness, but much more than that: the act of saving my life.

    I was waiting to walk across a busy street in Winnipeg’s warehouse district. After a long wait, the light turned red a block away. Cars in the curb lane were stopped for a couple of blocks, and there was no traffic in the opposite lanes. I waved to the driver of a stopped truck to alert him I was going to cross in front of his vehicle.

    As I passed in front of the truck, just in line with the driver’s side, the driver blasted the horn. The loud sound startled me and stopped me in my tracks. At that same instant, a vehicle raced past in the adjacent lane.

    Despite the confusion, I realized if it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of the driver in the stopped truck, I would have stepped into the path of the speeding vehicle, and my life would likely have ended.

    After carefully checking the adjacent lane, I crossed the street. In my embarrassment and confusion, I didn’t even look back to give the man who saved my life a wave of thanks.

    My hope is he reads these words and realizes his actions saved a life.

    This Father’s Day was special for me and my family. A very heartfelt thank you to the man who saved my life. I hope his Father’s Day was special, too.

    — Ken Hildebrand

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  • Proof cynics are wrong

    07/20/2014 2:00 PM

    SOMEONE turned in my wallet after I left it behind at a Walmart cash register.

    Customer service did not know who turned it in, as he or she did not leave a name. In other words, this person had no thought of reward or acclamation.

    Thank you so much, kind person. You are my hero and have saved me a great deal of trouble trying to replace everything.

    For all you cynics out there, here’s proof there are some wonderful folks in our city who, when tested, will follow their conscience and just do what is right. For all of you who have done something similar, I hope you know it’s folks like you who make this world a better place.

    — Marilyn Huska

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  • Saved the tow bill

    07/19/2014 2:00 PM

    RECENTLY, my parents’ car almost got towed when I was at BDI with my sister and another person.

    I am beyond thankful for the lovely couple who came to my rescue and paid the ticket for me. (And bought us some ice cream, too!)

    After this evening, it’s so amazing to see nice people like that are out there.

    I am so grateful for Rebecca and Grant. I promise to pay it forward one day.

    — Melissa Mitchell

     

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