Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS [Derived Headline]

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When glasses fall in a sewer, try to have good men nearby

My daughter, my six grandchildren and I were having a wonderful day in the 'Burgh.

First we went to the National Aviary, then lunch at Station Square and finally a ride on the incline. It never gets old seeing the view of our great city.

Then my 8-year-old grandson Jake decided to look at a sewer, and his prescription glasses slid right in. His mom, having four kids, is used to little mishaps like this. She struggled to lift the manhole cover off, to no avail.

We saw a few Pittsburgh Department of Public Works men and asked if they could help. Three kind men came over with a crowbar and a pick. They lifted off the cover, and one of them actually climbed into the sewer to retrieve the $150 eyeglasses.

These men were the reason that we had a perfect ending to a perfect day. Once again, a big thank-you to those kind men. There is no place like the 'Burgh!

CATHERINE WALL

Upper St. Clair

Car breakdown makes clear how much help is available

So many thoughtful people traveling on Treesdale Road offered assistance on July 4.

My son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons (ages 3 and 7) and I were driving home after spending a wonderful day with friends. We then heard a loud boom, and the car engine started to smoke. My son stopped the car to call AAA and was told the wait would be about an hour.

All of us were standing on the sidewalk near the car. I was amazed at the concern shown by all of the people driving by. At least every other car stopped to see if we were OK and needed any water or a cell phone. One man even drove by with his family, dropped them off at home and then returned to check on us.

Meanwhile, my son had a friend who came and picked us up to take us to his cool house to wait. He then drove back to join my son to wait for the tow truck.

Many thanks to everyone for offering to help, and for showing my grandchildren how to express concern for others, even when you are busy. …

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