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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SO MANY ARE WILLING TO HELP A COUPLE USING A WHEELCHAIR

Acts of kindness are not seldom, but frequent, in the Pittsburgh area.

Since my wife, Jetta, has been wheelchair-bound, when we go to a restaurant, church, the beauty shop, various doctors' offices or even the mall, not one but hundreds of people have shown kindness by helping with the chair or opening and holding the doors as we enter or leave.

We cannot thank those people enough for their kindness. I don't believe it would be so profound anywhere else in the world as in Pittsburgh!

GEORGE F. SVARANOWIC

Bethel Park

STUCK WITHOUT FUNDS AT CHECKOUT, HE WAS SAVED BY CUSTOMER AHEAD

I set off one recent morning for my local Aldi with my daughter to get a few groceries.

I didn't have a long list, but early on I should have known it might not be an ordinary trip. I forgot the bags I usually bring in order to bag my own groceries, and on the way to the car, I dropped the necessary "quarter for the cart" in the snow-covered grass.

We finally made it, got our groceries, and waited patiently in a checkout line behind a woman with two small children. Her youngest was sitting in the front of the cart pulling his mom's groceries off the conveyor belt almost as fast as his mom could unload them.

I unloaded all my groceries onto the conveyor and, it being a busy morning there, the next customer loaded up the back of the belt behind me. I realized then that my wallet was in my other coat pocket back at home and I was stuck with no way to pay, and no way to get out of the line easily.

I told my daughter at that moment, "Daddy is a numbskull!" She was kind enough to offer, "No you're not, you're my daddy!"

The woman in front noticed my dilemma and asked, "How much do you need? It doesn't look like much, and I have some cash." I told her I had no way to return the money, but she dismissed me and told the cashier, "Just ring it up, and I'll pay."

I couldn't thank her enough. She simply said, "It's no problem, just pay it forward. …

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