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Random acts of kindness

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This article was published 17/5/2014 (1194 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A kind and humble man at grocery check-out

It was one of those mornings when you lift up the carton of milk and realize it’s too light.

This means a quick trip to the grocery store is in order before your child needs to go to daycare and you need to go to work.

As with many families, a quick trip for milk may also mean throwing in all the other things you know are getting low. Before I knew it, I had a full cart.

With my two-year-old in tow and all the groceries scanned through, I opened my wallet to discover that both my debit and credit card were gone, and I had only a small amount of cash. A lineup had already developed behind me, and I felt a heat wave flood over me as I thought back to the last time I had used my wallet and where my cards could be.

I was about to tell the cashier to cancel my order so as not to hold up the line while I searched my purse and car for the missing cards when the young gentleman behind me reached out his card and said that he "had it."

I assured him that it wasn’t necessary while still scrambling to find the missing cards. The cashier even told him that I had a large cart of groceries and asked him if he wanted to know my total before offering. He humbly and quietly said, "It doesn’t matter how much," and in moments he was gone.

I stood shocked at his humble generosity. By the time I was outside pushing my cart to the car, a stream of grateful tears was running down my cheeks.

To the kind man who came in to the Sobeys on Warde Avenue and Dakota Street to buy just two boxes of Pop Tarts, may you be blessed! You are an example of the grace and generosity that we should all share with others. Thank you so very much. 

— Bobbi Jo Castaneda


We did the happy dance

Christmas Eve 2013 was a very cold, blustery day. Blizzards were called for. But my daughter, Danielle Basim, still needed to work, so she left in a rush to be driven to her job by her boyfriend.

In her haste, she dropped her wallet when she exited the car.

Danielle came home very upset a few hours later, freaking out because the wallet had her Christmas money and ID.

But an amazing gentleman named Murray — I was so surprised that I didn’t get his last name — came clear across town (more than half an hour) to bring my daughter her wallet.

Thank you so much, Mr. Murray. You made my daughter and wee grandson happy. We certainly did the happy dance.

— Helen Parry


Cheerful waves make my day 

Every morning, at École Tuxedo Park School on Corydon Avenue, there is a lovely lady crossing guard who is always smiling and waving at the drivers who pass her on their way to work.

She always waves from her post and gives us drivers something to cheer us on our way.

Even freezing-cold weather doesn’t stop her smile, and she waves to those who notice her.

She always makes me smile. I am sure she volunteers, but her good-cheering waves are the best thing to see daily.

I always wave back but many drivers do not. She deserves a wave of thanks and acknowledgement.

— Alison Kapalka


Darling trio delighted 85-year-old

Three lovely young ladies, Michelle, Hope and Riley, came to the aid of our mother and grandmother one night when her walker got caught in a rut in front of a hotel she was exiting.

She fell over the walker and injured not only her face and wrist, but sustained an enormous amount of bruising to her entire body from the fall.

These three young women not only drove her to the Victoria Hospital but insisted on staying with her until the morning to make certain she had test results and had contacted family. The distraction and conversation they provided delighted this 85-year-old, who likened them to family.

Three strangers are now called "the angels" that came to her rescue.

From Victoria and all of her family, many, many thanks to this darling trio.

— Lin Edwards, Kelly and the whole Pid crew.


Cold did not deter Paul from helping

Thank you very much to Paul, the very kind man who helped me push the car I was driving when it died at Jubilee Avenue and Osborne Street.

Paul got out in the cold to help me get the car safely onto a side street and wouldn’t leave until he was sure I had help on the way.

Thanks Paul, I’ll pass on the good deed.

— Chelsey Kretai


An angel with skin on

I am a senior, and I live in Transcona.

Twice now, I have had my driveway cleaned by a Good Samaritan. I have no idea how to contact this kind person and thank him or her.

I hope you read this so I can tell you how much I appreciate your kindness.

You are truly an angel with skin on. God bless you.

— Elsie Kosowan



Good people do the right thing 

I had hopped on the Crescent bus, as I often do, to go to work. I took my earbuds off, unplugged my iPod and set both down on the seat beside me as I had run into a friend, and we had started talking.

When I got to work, I had the ear buds but no iPod. Ugh. I realized I must have left it on the seat on the bus.

I thought it was gone forever, but I called Winnipeg Transit the next morning and they had it. Someone turned it in after finding it on the bus.

What a relief.

A very big ‘thank you’ to the Crescent bus rider who handed in it. You are "good people."

My kids told me last night that I would never see it again, as someone likely slipped it into their own pocket. I will be very happy to tell them tonight at dinner, "No, there are good people out there, ready, willing and able to do the right thing."

— Leslie Stafford


A big grin and a helping hand


We were driving north on McPhillips Street when traffic suddenly came to an abrupt stop and no vehicle moved for quite some time.

I couldn’t see a stalled car or accident ahead and wondered what the problem was. After a while, traffic started to inch along. As we neared the railroad crossing by the casino, I could see that the guard rail was down at the train crossing, the red light flashing, although there was no train anywhere in sight. Clearly there had been a malfunction, very unfortunate during rush hour.

Then I noticed a young man holding up one end of the guard rail as high as he could so northbound vehicles could pass by. He was smiling broadly despite the guard rail looking like it was awkward and heavy to hold up for that long. I saw a car pulled over near where he was, so he had probably parked his car there and decided to literally take matters into his own hands.

Presumably he changed lanes and did the same thing in the southbound lane which was why the traffic was moving irregularly.

I wish I had time to snap a photo of him and his cheerful countenance, as he helped hundreds of people get to their destination.

If this isn’t an act of kindness, I don’t know what is.

— Maria Harden


Knew what to do in an emergency

I slipped and fell in the parking lot at the corner of Killarney Avenue and Pembina Highway. I went flying and landed under a parked truck.

As I lay there helpless, stunned and in shock a kind gentleman rushed to my aid. Fortunately for me, this gentleman was an EMT responder and he immediately recognized my dilemma and knew what to do.

His first words were, "Don’t move, Ma’am." He speculated that I had separated my shoulder, and he used my scarf to make a temporary sling. He also stayed with me and comforted me until an ambulance arrived to take me to the hospital.

It was later determined that I had broken the bone in my arm between the shoulder and the elbow.

This gentleman was on his way to work to pick up his shift and had only just stopped in at 7-Eleven to pick up a coffee. He was my guardian angel that day.

I did not get the name of this kind gentleman but his actions reminded me that there are still a lot of good people in this world. To this gentleman I say thank you for coming to my aid.

— Polly Cudjoe


Good karma on the way

I feel compelled to pass along my gratitude to the people who have, in their compassion, eliminated an extremely stressful situation for my daughter and her boyfriend.

They had watched a Jets game at the MTS Centre and returned to their vehicle in a nearby parkade, only to find it had been broken into. The thieves had taken an iPod and unfortunately my daughter’s purse. Both items had been hidden in the car, but obviously not well enough.

My daughter phoned home very upset as she knew she’d have to cancel credit cards and obtain new ID. But shortly after, she received a phone call from the police on Grant Avenue telling her they had her purse. Only $8 in change was missing, all ID intact.

Once again, to whoever found the purse and turned it in, your compassion and caring to take a moment out of your day to help will always be remembered and appreciated.

kGood Karma coming your way!

— Diane Johnson


Neighbours on guard

My husband and I went out to finish our shopping for Easter. We were in the grocery store and saw our neighbour talking to the store manager and someone else.

The next thing we knew, she was headed towards us looking very serious. She told us the lady had called the manager about our dog being in the car. The temperature was minus 11 that morning, and the sun was shining, but we keep our car cool. She said she would keep watch over our car until we finished.

Needless to say we hurried to get our shopping done as fast as we could. When we headed out of the store, there standing guard was not only one neighbour but two.

To Gena and Bev, we can’t thank you enough as you know it would break our hearts if we lost him. Once again many, many thanks from the other Bev.

— Bev Edstrom



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