Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Random Acts of Kindness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Random Acts of Kindness

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MONEY TO REPLENISH BANK ACCOUNT CAME FROM SOURCE SHE NEVER KNEW

On a Saturday last month, my mother and I went to the First National Bank in West View to withdraw $50. Between the two of us, we were having trouble covering the bills for the month, and this was a little ace in the hole that she had tucked away.

I had warned her, since it was such a small amount and might involve closing the account, that she might have to take less than the 50. I felt bad because of how much I wished I could help her and how much she had helped me financially whenever I needed it.

The tellers, who were very nice and patient, talked to her about what could be done. Asking her when she would be able to make a deposit into the account to keep it open, she assured them it would be replaced by the beginning of January.

What I saw, that she didn't, was the man standing behind her who put a bill on the counter, saying, "Put this towards her deposit." He turned and walked away.

Mom was stunned. She had done countless acts of kindness, many of which, I am certain, no one knew about. This was the first time in 85 years she had been the recipient of one.

On the way home, still stunned, she continued to be concerned about how to find out the gentleman's name, and how she felt bad that at the time she did not realize he was putting money on the counter for her, and not for the teller who was waiting on her.

Her friend Sylvia said it best, explaining that sometimes a generous person like this does not want his or her identity known, and that the gesture itself is thanks enough. I couldn't agree more.

This story, which has been shared by us and others, has circulated since then and brought pleasure to all who have heard it. Thank you to my mother's unidentified friend, who made her day in a way she never expected.

NANCY KUNSAK

West View

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