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Kindness From a Stranger

Published July 19, 2013 by Maryanne

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted, Aesop

We’re having a massive heatwave in New Jersey — like 101 degrees for several days now.

Yesterday I went to church and to the health food store. As I got back to my car my battery died.

Since I’m my own boss, no worries under normal circumstances, I could have just called roadside assistance, but who wants to wait in 101 degrees? If it was a gorgeous spring day, I would have went for a walk or gone shopping.

Well, luckily a Good Samaritan from the local hardware store decided to help me out.

While he was getting his car situated, idiots were blowing their horns, being impatient. I even yelled at them, “He’s trying to help me — SHUT UP!”

Finally the car got started! I offered him $10.

He declined my offer.

So I went into the hardware store and gave the money to his wife.

She declined too.

I said, “I insist!” and left the money on the counter and ran out of the store.

When I came home, I contacted several newspapers to let them know how kind this business owner was — that he stopped everything just to help me! And in this HOT WEATHER!

One of the newspapers published my letter and I’m so happy because CRANFORD PAINT & HARDWARE, Cranford, New Jersey, deserves much recognition. In this day and age you rarely hear stories like this. So if anyone from New Jersey, in the Cranford area, is reading this, please go out of your way to give this man and his wife business — they deserve it!

Here is my letter to the editor: http://www.nj.com/cranford/index.ssf/2013/07/letter_to_the_editor_thank_you_1.html

And coincidentally, the message of church yesterday was about strangers helping each other!