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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UNUSUAL REQUEST FROM SMALL BOY LED TO A GREAT RESTAURANT SURPRISE

As retired folks, we often enjoy having breakfast at a local restaurant. It is our way of getting out and meeting people.

One morning a little boy of kindergarten age came up to our table and said in a quiet voice that he wanted our check. We were so surprised -- and we didn't want the child to take it -- that my husband said, "No."

We were stunned and started to look at each other and realized that we had disappointed the boy. Where did this young boy come from?

Then my husband saw the little boy's parents sitting nearby at another table. His father said to us, "It's OK -- we allow our son to pick someone to pay their check, and he chose you."

We then felt so honored by the young boy's act of kindness that it brought tears to my eyes. We were so amazed that this young family was teaching a young child how to be kind and caring to others.

From further discussion with the parents, I found out that this fine boy was attending kindergarten at the same school that I retired from as a first-grade teacher some seven years ago. Also, his father had attended the same school. What a wonderful connection!

We have not seen this family since, but we have told this precious story many times to our friends. I find it so heartwarming that this family is instilling in their little boy the importance of giving and reaching out.

We thank them so much, and may they be blessed as a family.

MARTHA FRENDBERG

Beaver Falls

THE GOODWILL AT A POST OFFICE PROVIDED SOME HOLIDAY CHEER

I'm quite elderly, and was on my way to the Cedarhurst Post Office on Bower Hill Road before Christmas when it was raining a bit and late in the afternoon (4 p.m., with the post office to close at 5).

I had two large garbage bags containing packages to mail. I knew parking would be difficult, so I pulled temporarily into the convenience spot by the mailbox, in order to take my heavy bags into the post office.

I took out my first bag, and a lovely young woman exiting the post office hurried over to take it in for me. …

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