Random acts of kindness

GRANGEVILLE – As we enter into 2019, it’s a good time to think about what we want for the New Year.

In contemplating goals and making plans, it’s important to recall the bits of kindness we have received and think of what we could do to make a difference in the life of someone else.

One act of kindness that sticks out in my mind is something that happened nearly 20 years ago. We had just settled in to our home with a new baby and our 7-year-old daughter. I woke up early in the morning, just before 2 a.m. and realized it was cold. We figured out we had run out of propane. I put a call in to Idaho County Light and Power, expecting to leave a message and get a call back during business hours. What happened surprised me. At just after 2 a.m. on a very cold winter’s morning, Rick Lance came to our house and filled our propane tank. He knew we had a new baby and wanted to make sure we had heat. Years later, I am still warmed by that act of kindness that meant so much.

Some of our readers filled us in on an act of kindness that left impacts on them. As you read them, may you also be inspired to offer a little bit of yourself who may need a lift.


“My husband and I hadn’t been out on a date by ourselves for a good long while after our son, Odin, was born.

We happened to get a rare night out to dinner one night and were dining at the same restaurant as Dr. Told and his family. I believe they were out for a birthday dinner for one of their kiddos. Wes and I lingered a while and had a long, unrushed meal with some appetizers, dinner and dessert. When it came time to pay, we learned that Dr. Told paid for our entire meal.

Not only did Dr. Told blow us away with his care and concern during my entire pregnancy and delivery, to this day, he goes out of his way to show how much his patients and community mean to him. He, Katie and their amazing kids are such awesome members of our community, and we’re so glad they’re part of our lives.” ~ Melissa Walters


“When we were first moving here, my husband moved here first, and my two kids and I didn't get to see him often. We came up for Valentine's day, the first one he was away from us for. That morning he took the kids to breakfast and let me sleep in. Someone at the Kooskia Cafe paid for their breakfast and no one really knew them because we were new to the area. That was a wonderful feeling.” ~ Gypsy Brown


“I haven't been the recipient of an act of kindness but as a cashier I see it happen at times. Just yesterday I witnessed it. I was just finishing up with a customer and noticed a poinsettia left behind. I asked her if it was hers. She said no it was already there. I asked the man prior and he said, ‘Oh yes I put it aside to make sure I had enough to buy it and forgot it.’ Asked if he still wanted it and he said yes. He said he would come back to pay for it after he finished bagging. The next couple said to please put it on their tab. The gentleman finished up and was pushing his cart out of the way. I said, ‘Don't forget your poinsettia,’ and he said. ‘I'm coming.’ I said, ‘Here, it is yours!’ He looked at me puzzled and I said, ‘This couple bought it for you.’ The look on his face was priceless. He shook their hands and thanked them. He continued to talk to her while I finished up with her husband. I don't know what he said to her, but you could tell what he said touched her very much. I love seeing this stuff. I hope this gentleman receives more acts of kindness because he appears to have had a rough life, but he still has a great attitude and loves life.” ~ Gladys Bedwell


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