Kindness and strangers

@Porcospino (17930)
Denmark
December 23, 2010 5:21am CST
Today my husband and I got stuck in the snow. We had a shovel in the car and we tried to remove some of the snow, but it didn't work. We didn't know what to do, we couldn't move the car no matter how we tried. It was very early in the morning in a village in the countryside and there were no other cars or people around. We kept on trying for a while, still no luck. Suddenly a man showed up with a shovel and he immediately offered to help us. We were so happy and grateful, we were in the middle of nowhere and we didn't expect to get help. He spent a lot of time on helping us and I think that it was very kind of him. Did you ever get help when you didn't expect it? What happened? When was the last time that a stranger did something nice for you?
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11 responses
• United States
23 Dec 10
This month a few things were happening to me. I was going through hard times. On freecycle I asked for Christmas cards,handbags,and more and people brought it to me and one lady sent me a $25.00 gift card. I moved in my apartment and had no food. the lady next door broguht ove rfreezer food for us to eat that night and the next few till I got my check. I had spent my last $ to have lunch that day. I owed a woman on ebay $27.00 and she told me not to worry about sending it to her. I was so happy. I ordered a space heater for my apartment which costs $79.00 and it will be delivered today. But,my friend told me to send it back and take the one he bought last month. So I will send it back..
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@Porcospino (17930)
• Denmark
23 Dec 10
It sounds like you have met some very kind people both online and in real life, that is great to hear. I am also going to move soon and I am really grateful for the things that people have offered me. I don't have a lot of money to buy furniture and other things, but my family and my friends have offered me some of the things that they no longer need like a freezer and some furniture, and that will be a big help.
• United States
23 Dec 10
yes,I have to agree with you I have.. The best people I met so far are on mylot.
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@GardenGerty (99411)
• United States
23 Dec 10
I do not remember the last time something nice was done for me, but I do know that there have been many times when I have had help with car issues, when my children were small and my husband traveled for work. I am glad to live in a place where that is the usual thing and not something that is unusual. When we see people who need help we try to give it to them as well.
@Porcospino (17930)
• Denmark
25 Dec 10
It is great to hear that you have been able to get help when you needed it. At my place people are often afraid to help, maybe because they don't want to get involved or because they are afraid to get scammed. They have been some incidents where people pretended to need help in order to commit crime and that has made people more careful when they offer help to strangers.
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
23 Dec 10
it happened me for once, when i was carrying two heavy bags and all the buses and auto's were full and i couldn't find a single bus to board in with the bags.. So, i started walking home which was nearly 1.5 KM from the market place.. When i moved around 300 m , suddenly a bike stopped by and offered me to share a ride with him and he dropped me near by my house and i thanked him for the kindly help.. u know, sharing a lift in bike or car is very impossible in my place, nobody would stop even if we request, but suddenly that motorist stopped by seeing me carrying two heavy bags and he offered me a ride.. So nice of him.. I will remember him once for while and always...This happened 6 years ago...
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@Porcospino (17930)
• Denmark
23 Dec 10
I also think that it was very nice of him to offer you a lift. I used to live at a place where I had to walk from the stores to my home, and that is hard when you have to carry a lot heavy of stuff. That kind of experiences is something that we remember even it happened some years like in your case. I once met some very kind strangers in another country, that also happened years ago, but I will never forget their kindness.
• China
23 Dec 10
Can't remember a being helped instance,maybe i'm not so lucky as you are.After read what you described i think you couple are not just simple lucky but also being blessed!In such a deserted circumstance one guy appeare unexpected from nowhere and help you couple out the trouble.He must be an angel sent by god.Happy christmas dear Porcospino^_^
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@Porcospino (17930)
• Denmark
23 Dec 10
Your response made me smile, because you express some of the thoughts that I had myself. I also see the man as an angel who came to help us when we needed it the most. It was so surpricing, we didn't expect to get any help at all in such a remote place, so that was a wonderful surprice and I am really grateful for it. Driving to work today was a nightmare, because there was a snow storm and at one point we the windows were completely covered by snow and we couldn't see the road. That was a scary experience, but that man brightened my day
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
24 Dec 10
Hi Porcospino!. Its seem the snow causing you much trouble. As people who life in tropical area I can not imagine it. I mean you must bring shovel with you and I imagine its musy be snowy really hard. Its always heart warmer when stranger do kindness to us especially when we are really need it. There are always kindness every where like someone give their seat for me when I am in the bus although I am not old lady or pregnant woman and I see than man standing for hours after he give me the seat. I usually just try to chat to him as sign of gratitude.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
24 Dec 10
There are a lot of nice people out in this world and they offer help a lot of times. It is nice to hear that you and your husband got help from a stranger. I have got help from many people. I have noticed that people don't mind spending their time and effort to help somebody really in need. People also don't mind spending a little bit of their money to help others. I don't think people help other by taking risk of putting their life in danger.
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• United States
24 Dec 10
A lot of people have been holding a lot of doors open for me once they see me holding a baby carrier. Also one time we had some people from down south stop by a restraunt I was working at in the winter they were talking about how nice people were up north.. they had got stuck in the snow twice and people helped them out both times they got stuck.. I love hearing about that kind of stuff :)
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@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
24 Dec 10
That person sounds very nice. I don't remember any recent kindness I've received from strangers... but I have been helped when I got in a near accident. Other than, that, I haven't had one recently.
@megamatt (14330)
• United States
23 Dec 10
Yes this has happened a couple of times. One time I was carrying a whole bunch of boxes in my arms. It was hard to really open a door in my condition. Thankfully someone was nice enough to open the door for me. Most people would stand there and not offer the slightest finger of help. I don't know who this person is and its likely I'm never meet them again. However, I'm rather grateful, for any help and try and return the favor to others when I can.
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• Netherlands
23 Dec 10
First of all, cheers to the man who helped you! There aren't many like these anymore. Now, I don't think I've really ever been helped by a stranger, maybe because I just never had to be helped ;). Just some small things like at work people you just met there immediately act nice to you and you just have a fun chat with them, but that's probably because you just have to, as they are your colleagues. People these days think of theirselves too much in my opinion.
• Italy
23 Dec 10
I always prefer to be the man who helped you instead of be a person who needs help. Mostly peoples say that such kind of peoples are only in stories and myths but i know and your experience has also proved that good peoples are still in this world maybe few but they exist and i salute that guy. I am a fan of such peoples.
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