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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A LUCKY LOTTERY WINNER WANTED TO GIVE A FELLOW PLAYER A SHARE

On a recent stop at the Shop 'n Save on Rochester Road in the North Hills, I was looking at the instant lottery machine as I entered the store.

A male voice said, "Don't do it -- save your money." Thinking it was someone I knew, I turned and, surprisingly, it was a total stranger. After exchanging lottery stories, the gentleman put his money in the machine. I said, "Good luck, I hope you hit a big one."

I walked down the supermarket aisle. The next thing I knew the gentleman I had talked to was behind me. He handed me a $20 bill and said, "Buy yourself some lottery tickets -- I just won $500."

I was so stunned that I think I just stood there with my mouth hanging open. I really don't think I even said "Thank you." So dear sir from the Shop 'n Save, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your random act of kindness.

GRETCHEN HARTMAN

Shaler

TALENTED FELLOW RESTAURANT PATRON HELPED PROVIDE A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

My girlfriend took me to the Pizzeria Uno at the Waterfront recently to celebrate my birthday.

We were sitting at the bar enjoying our dinner and a glass of wine, and everyone around us was giving me birthday wishes.

A nice gentleman was sitting in a booth behind us with two lady friends. He overheard us saying it was my birthday, and he offered us a piece of homemade almond torte cake. He said he bakes cakes and cookies and is known as "The Cookie Man."

The Cookie Man makes the most delicious almond torte cake, plus he is a singer. He asked me my name and sang me "Happy Birthday" as my girlfriend and I left the bar.

Thanks, Cookie Man, for making my birthday so special. You certainly have fabulous talents and added sparkle to our festivities.

BARBARA JULIAN MILLS

West Mifflin

ELDERLY MAN RECEIVED TIRE HELP ON FRIGID DAY

When the temperature was in the single digits recently with a below-zero wind chill, my dad headed to Home Depot at Village Square. …

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