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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CEMETERY PLOTS MADE MUCH PRETTIER BY SOMEONE PLANTING FOR EVERYONE

If there were a photo dictionary of phrases, you would find my friend Debbie's photo next to the entry for "random acts of kindness."

She often and lovingly performs such acts, so it was no surprise that she would be in the cemetery at Hiland Presbyterian Church in the North Hills early on a June Saturday quietly planting flowers on the graves of her departed in-laws.

Having purchased lots of flowers, Debbie moved on to plant them for other dear friends from church who were also laid to rest in the cemetery. Then, having more flowers, she moved on to folks who were unknown to her, and she planted the remaining flowers.

At each planting she had a "conversation" and prayed for each person and their family. When the families of these dear departed visit the cemetery, they will see the beautiful flowers and know that their family or friends were lovingly cared for by Debbie -- a beautiful example of performing random acts of kindness.

JANET O'CONNOR

Ross

SAME HONESTY SHOWN FOR WALLET LOST AT CASINO AS ANYWHERE ELSE

My wife, brother and I attended a Pirates game in late June and watched a great group of ballplayers come from behind.

After the game was over, we went to the Rivers Casino seeking to make our night more enjoyable. Shortly after midnight, we left the casino and caught the trolley back toward home. When it came time to show the conductor our passes, however, I realized disaster had struck. My wallet was gone.

When we got home, we did all of the things that take place when you lose your wallet. We made calls to cancel credit cards and bank cards and made plans to try to replace my driver's license, Social Security card and various other IDs. It left a night without too much sleep.

At 8 a.m., I was out of bed and made my first call down to the Rivers Casino. When I talked with Peter from the security staff, he asked my name. …

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