A Smiling Hero Rescues Grandma
Wednesday - February 22, 2006
My tenant’s mother, Honey from Chicago, went food shopping by bus with her grandson Caleb. Well, she bought more groceries than she could manage to bring home! Good Samaritan Jay deserves APPLAUSE for his very helpful nature and warm, caring aloha. He loaded all the groceries in his Jeep and brought a grateful visitor home. He then helped her unload all the stuff before going off on his busy way with twinkling eyes and a big smile.
It so happens that I know him and his mom, June Tansley, from long ago. It’s a small world. I wish to applaud Jay for his kindness in rescuing a grandma who was struggling with her purchases. It was so appreciated by Honey as well as yours truly.
Jay’s mother, June, is not at all surprised that her son would come to the aid of a stranger. “He’s a gentleman,” she says. “He used to help me deliver newspapers when I worked in distribution for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. I now babysit his two boys while he works in construction, and they are just like their dad.”
I was on the freeway, returning home from the Veterans Administration with my husband. A gentleman in the car next to me called out and informed me my tire was flat. He probably saved me from an accident. I was able to steer my car to the right shoulder. I was very shook up and could-n’t figure out my location. Another kind gentleman in a pickup stopped to help me. After checking my spare, he discovered it was also flat. He helped me call my insurance company and give them my location. A police officer also stopped to make sure everything was OK. When the gentleman started to leave I wanted to pay him, but he refused. His kind deed was a blessing to me and I do want to thank him. Mahalo also to Allstate and all the angels who helped me.
Kimberly Pepper, spokesperson for Allstate, Pacific Northwest, is glad you received the level of customer service the company requires anytime someone calls for assistance. “That’s our biggest goal,” she says. May all your other angels read of your gratitude in MidWeek.
On my way to church a hit-andrun driver struck my car at the Waimanalo McDonald’s. Gary Anderson, on his way to work as a volunteer with the Coast Guard at Sand Island, took control. He assessed the situation, called my son and the police, and stayed with me until the police arrived. What a joy to know that people like Gary live in Waimanalo. Much APPLAUSE to him from this 79-year-old grandmother!
“I really didn’t do that much. I’m sure any Coastie would have done it, as well as 90 percent of the people in Hawaii,” says Gary Anderson, who volunteers on the weekends with the Coast Guard Auxillary. “I was on the way to Sand Island
for training and a car made a left turn right in front of her. There was no way she could have avoided him. The car sped off, but I made note of the tag number. I just wanted to make sure she was all right.”
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