Some stories from readers of Ladies’ Home Journal Magazine sharing the random acts of generosity they’ll never forget.
That’s The Ticket!
I was stuck in traffic in Times Square when a policewoman waver me over. I was sure I was going to get some kind of summons. Instead she gave me her tickets to see a Liza Minnelli concert that night, which she couldn’t attend because she had to work. She told me she had tried to stop other people, but they just kept driving. The tickets were probably worth about $100 each. I went and had a fabulous time!
Tina Mosetis, 48/Great Neck, New York
All Expenses Paid
My husband, Adrian, who’s in the navy, once took me on a weekend trip to Chicago. As we were checking into the hotel we started chatting with an older man who was also staying there. When he found out Adrian was in the military, he told us he was a veteran–and he paid for our weekend stay at the hotel to thank my husband for his service. No stranger had ever done anything that nice for us.
Erica Grajales, 33/Mundelein, Illinois
A Key Move
One evening I went out grocery shopping with my young sons while my husband, Dan, was working late. When I got back to the car with two tired boys, I realized the keys were in the ignition and the doors were locked. “I’ll call AAA,” I thought. Then I noticed my cell phone was on the passenger’s seat. It was 8:00, the temperature was dropping, none of us had a jacket, and my 3-year-old, who had been riding in the shopping cart, wasn’t wearing shoes. When a woman standing nearby overheard me explaining the situation to the boys, she immediately offered her cell phone and her AAA membership number. She waited 45 minutes with us, and even got a jacket and blanket out of her car to keep us warm.
Colleen Clemens, 38/El Toro, California
Stolen Moments Returned
Shortly after our third child was born, someone stole our camera. It had all of the precious pictures of her birth and her first weeks home. We were heartbroken. Then, two years later we received a package in the mail. It was our camera, with every single picture still on it. Apparently someone had found it, recognized our older daughter’s former preschool teacher in one of the photos and tracked her down. Because we had moved, the teacher asked around to get our new address. What a blessing to have our once-in-a-lifetime pictures back!
Lean Chamberlin,31/ Excelsior Springs, Missouri
I was working a second job as the night supervisor in a pharmacy when it started to snow really hard. I was dreading the prospect of digging out my car and navigating the snow-covered roads to get home. But when I got out to the parking lot, I saw that someone had cleaned all of the snow off of my car and scraped my windshield. In the small bit of snow they left on the hood, they had written, “Get home safely!”
Jerri Green, 52/ Cincinnati
Pay It Backward
I was at the drugstore picking up a few little gifts for my grandmother, who was in the hospital, and was talking to my mom on the phone about what to buy. Obviously, someone overheard me because when I reached the front of the line the cashier told me the woman ahead of me had paid for my things, about $50 worth. I don’t know who she was, or where she went– or even how she knew how much to pay. I’m still baffled!
Julia Stone, 41/ Narbeth, Pennsylvania
These stories were provided by Caitlin Kelly/Ladies’ Home Journal