Going Out Of The Way To Help
Wednesday - September 03, 2008
I would like to thank Roz and Karen of Hawaii Healthcare Professionals Inc. I was with my friend Kona downtown and had misplaced my ID holder with my bus pass, driver’s license and debit card.
We had already crossed Ala Moana Boulevard, then backtracked to their building.
We saw a note saying they had my ID at their office. I was so relieved.
I am an LPN and work in home care, and I thought it was a coincidence these home health angels had found my ID. Thank you and aloha to Roz and Karen.
Shirley Oniate McDaniel
Hawaii Healthcare Professionals office assistant Roslynn Balles says it looked like your life was in that little ID holder.
“All her cards and some money were there,” she says. “I know what it’s like to lose your cards, and I didn’t want anyone else getting their hands on her stuff. I went up and down the street looking for someone who matched the ID picture. When my lunch break was pau, our program manager Karen March took over, and fortunately we found Shirley!”
I was jogging on the back road of Waimanalo as dusk was setting in. For safety’s sake, I usually run against traffic so that I can see oncoming traffic.
As I was running past the Waimanalo Recreation Center, a burgundy-colored Ford Taurus stopped on the road about 50 yards in front of me, and a lady wearing a long-sleeve blue T-shirt stepped out of the car and headed to her trunk. Just as I passed her and her car, she called over to me.
As I stopped to see if she needed my assistance, she turned and handed to me a yellow reflective belt. She then said to me, “Sir, this is for you while you jog. I wouldn’t want you to become roadkill or anything.”
I thanked her and we each proceeded on our separate ways. But after thinking about it a moment, that was a very thoughtful and generous gesture she made.
Two total strangers passing each other on a road, and she stops in the middle of wherever she was going and she gives me a gift - the gift of safety in a sometimes crazy and reckless world.
Unfortunately, I did not get her name, but, ma’am, if you are reading this column, I want you to know how grateful I am to you for looking out for me and my safety.
That was kind beyond words to be looking out for someone else’s safety and well-being. I sincerely thank you for that.
And may God bless you. I hope this story inspires all of us to be a little kinder to each other and to look out for one another.
Officer Emily Kaio of HPD’s Traffic Safety Division says your angel is just following the tips for pedestrians outlined in the Walk-Wise Hawaii Brochure.
Reflective clothing during the night and bright or light-colored clothing during the day are necessary safety precautions for walkers and joggers.
Tip No. 1: Cross only at corners or crosswalks.
No 2: Cross at lighted intersections, use the pedestrian signal button, then wait for the light indicator.
No. 3: Look left, right, then left again before crossing.
And walk, never run, through an intersection, even if you’re a jogger.
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