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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STRANGERS CARING ABOUT PLANTS HELPED COUPLE AFTER VANDALISM

My husband and I live on Western Avenue in Allegheny West, and last week we awoke to find our two concrete flower planters had been turned completely upside down.

Someone cracked the planters and destroyed the plants that were in them. We were both in a rush to get to work that day, so we had no choice in the morning but to leave the mess there until we got home.

I received a message that afternoon from our neighbor telling us a couple out for a walk were so dismayed by the senseless vandalism that they went to their home in Ross, got plants from their own yard and returned with the plants, a shovel and a broom.

They repotted our planters and cleaned up the entire mess before we got home. They reluctantly gave our neighbor their names and phone number, and I called to express our gratitude. When I asked what we could do to repay them for their kindness, they simply said, "Say a prayer for us and do something nice for someone else."

I'll never forget their kindness and thoughtfulness. There are good people in this world.

MARIANNE COLA

Allegheny West

FALL DURING SHOPPING IN STRIP WAS EASED BY OTHERS' CONCERN

I was shopping in the Strip around 2:45 p.m. on June 5, intending to buy some special things, when I took a very hard fall, face first.

I was crying in pain when I heard someone say, "Pick her up." I have no idea who the people were, but I also heard someone say, "Get her a chair," and one was offered from Enrico Biscotti Co.

The paramedics were called, and they took me to UPMC Shadyside for treatment.

I still don't know who the people were who helped and lifted me from the sidewalk, putting me in a chair. Whoever you are, I sincerely want to thank you for your compassion. And to one lady named Sheila who stayed near me until the paramedics came, and to a young man who gave me ice for my injured wrist, I thank you and bless you - you all have my gratitude. …

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