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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YOUNG GROUP DOES JOB TO ASSIST OLDER COUPLE

My husband and I are both experiencing health problems that are preventing us from performing our usual summer upkeep of projects around the house.

On our wish list this year was restaining our deck, which had succumbed to the effects of several years of weather. I was lamenting this to our neighbors across the street, a lovely young couple. I was scheduled for back surgery the latter part of June, and my husband told me he was going to attempt to stain the deck. This worried me because I knew he wouldn't be able to do it.

Out of the blue, our neighbor came over one day and said that he and his group of friends from their weekly Bible study group usually perform an act of service each summer, something to benefit an individual, family or community. He said they had decided to come over and stain our deck one Saturday before my scheduled surgery.

We couldn't believe it, but we graciously accepted their generous offer. Wouldn't you know the Saturday they had scheduled this project was the last Saturday in June - the day we had torrential downpours all day. I thought for sure the project would be called off, but this ingenious group hung tarpaulins from the deck roof and trees to keep the rain off the deck.

With the help of a few trouble lights hung in all of the right places and a few fans to speed up the drying process, the project was accomplished - I truly believe they had some heavenly assistance!

While their spouses were painting, the wives entertained the children throughout the day. Special kudos to them for giving up their valued weekend time. Such camaraderie and goodwill exists among this fine group of young adults.

My husband and I are still in awe of this awesome group of young people who are truly living their faith and serving as outstanding examples of what "love your neighbor" is all about. Thank you all again - you'll never know how you touched our hearts that day.

JOANNE MELDER

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