Letter to the Editor: An Act of Kindness After the Storm

Postal carrier is thankful for 'a true act of kindness from a young adult.'

Dear Editor,

My faith in the youth of our great country has been reaffirmed.

While out delivery my route today, in not the greatest of conditions, I was approached by a young lady. I would guess that she was high school aged at the oldest.

As she walked up to me, she asked me if I drank coffee or hot chocolate. When I said that I did, she then reached in her pocket and pulled out a five dollar bill and said to me, "I can't imagine doing your job every day, but on a day like today, it must really be hard. So I would like you to take this and go buy yourself a coffee or hot chocolate."

I told her several times that I truly appreciated her gesture, but that I would really like if she would take that money and donate it to the charity of her choice. She once again asked if I was sure that I wouldn't take the money and get something warm to drink.

I explained to her that just the fact that she took the time to offer a stranger such a act of kindness was going to keep me warm for the rest of the day.

As she walked away she said, "Thank you for the job you do every day."

The rest of my day, while I delivered my route, I keep thinking that all we usually here about are the bad actions of some of today's kids. But today I experienced a true act of kindness from a young adult that had absolutely nothing to gain from that act.

In the words of Willy Wonka, "so goes a good deed in a weary world!" And thank you to the young lady on Saint James Street in West Hartford for giving me more then she every realized she would! FAITH!

Russ Binkowski

Stephanie R. February 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Russ, thank you for sharing your story and for all that you do. And to the young lady on Saint James Street: Bravo!. It is often the "small" acts of kindness that have the biggest impact. Keep up the good work, both of you!
Catherine Davis February 12, 2013 at 04:57 PM
These are the stories I like to read about! Thanks for sharing. Too bad more people don't realize that we are all in this together . . . .
Kimberly Green February 12, 2013 at 07:58 PM
My postal carrier resumed his route he had to leave on Friday - he broke his toe while shoveling. He has a six mile route - we all love "John" in our neighborhood - many of us meeting him at his truck to get our mail.


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