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Random Acts of Kindness Still Abound

17 Nov

This is a typical letter-to-the-editor that shows up in the Martha’s Vineyard newspaper every week.  Usually there are several of these, and it’s always lovely to read them and be reminded that people can really be kind, empathic and anonymous:

Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

I am writing this letter to commend and thank a wonderful Samaritan on your beautiful Island.

My family and I visited Martha’s Vineyard to attend a wedding on Sept. 27. After the wedding, we had a difficult time finding the reception site, which was the Sailing Camp off Barnes Road.

It was dark and pouring rain, and our GPS was not very helpful. After driving up and down Barnes Road for almost an hour, we pulled into the driveway of a town’s resident. When the family saw us approaching, they opened their doors, cheerfully welcomed me in from the rain, and inquired as to how they could help.

One of the family members, a very kind gentleman, offered to drive to the Sailing Camp while we followed him. He held his umbrella over my head as he escorted me back to our car.

We hope that this wonderful family will see this letter.

By the way, we are an African American family who was rather reluctant to knock on the door of complete strangers in the dark. This incident truly touched our hearts, and we are extremely grateful for this experience.

Violet W., West Orange, N.J.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award