A Good Deed Is Its Own Reward

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - February 17, 2010
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Dear Pamela,

Yesterday I accidentally dropped my cellular phone at the Kamehameha Drive In Swap Meet. My God-sent angel “Lynette” of Kaneohe found my cell on Moanalua Road and dialed my “last called number,” which was my son-in-law Wes’s phone number in Las Vegas. My daughter Lauryl gave her our number.

Lynette called and informed my wife that she’d leave my cell at the front desk of Inspiration Furniture store at Pearlridge and let them know that a “George” would claim it. Because of Lynette’s honesty and akamai decisions, I have my cell and my wife didn’t have to go through all the trouble of stopping phone service.

Lynette even called our landline to verify if I picked up my phone - an “angel” indeed. If Lynette happens to read this appreciation message, I would like her to call back again so I can offer her a token of our appreciation.

George Uchima


Dear Pamela,

Last week, my 2-year-old son was playing at the Manoa baseball field when he tripped and fell, slamming his forehead on the corner of a concrete step. By the time I got to him he was bleeding and screaming. A man jumped off the park bench and held a wet paper towel to my son’s head. Another couple put on a bandage. They even checked in with me to make sure I was OK!

The whole thing happened so quickly, but I was at a loss as to what to do. I’m so thankful for both parties, who were such a great help. It really reminded me how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful and helpful community. I hope they read this letter, and I wish I’d gotten their names, but I didn’t. If the man and couple are reading this letter, please know that I thank you so much for all your help. It is so appreciated.

P. Ancheta

Dear Pamela,

Our car broke down in the Moiliili Longs parking lot. A bunch of guys helped us push the car back so it wouldn’t block the road. I’d like to give some APPLAUSE to those guys and a couple in a pickup truck who offered help. We thought it would be too much trouble for them so we declined. But after calling our friends for help and getting no response, we started getting worried. Luckily the same couple came back to our rescue! They jump-started our car and got it running again. This couple truly had aloha in their hearts. We hope they will get something good in return for their kindness. We didn’t get names but we want to give them a big thank you.

M.E. of Moiliili

Dear M.E., P. and George,

Even in tough times our anonymous angels are not likely to think of monetary rewards for their gestures of kindness.

Having the opportunity to help a friend or stranger in need is a gift in itself.

(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail pyoung@kitv.com. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)

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