Allyson scores with per­fect cock­tail dress

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

I came from Cal­gary to at­tend Kelvin’s 100th Re­union in Win­nipeg and ex­pe­ri­enced an act of kind­ness I think is re­mark­able.

I ar­rived with­out a cock­tail dress for the semi-for­mal din­ner and was con­vinced by my friend that we should look around to see if we could find any­thing more suit­able than the ca­sual co-or­di­nates I had brought with me.

We went into Re­deemed, a sec­ond­hand shop on Academy Road, to see if they had a cock­tail dress that would fit. It was Thurs­day, only two days be­fore the din­ner.

Allyson, the owner of the store, brought out a few dresses but I could tell by look­ing at them that they wouldn’t work for me. I fi­nally ad­vised her that I had just had a mastectomy, and I needed a high neck line. She was very em­pa­thetic but re­ally couldn’t find any­thing that would work so I left with­out buy­ing a dress.

How­ever, she sug­gested I try the Charleswood Re­deemed store the next morn­ing as there might be some­thing there.

So, my friend and I went to the Charleswood store the next morn­ing; same thing, no dresses with high neck lines in my size. We were about to leave when in walked Allyson with a gar­ment bag. She said she had wo­ken up that morn­ing and re­al­ized that one of her own dresses would be per­fect for me.

Sure enough, it fit, and it was per­fect. I of­fered to buy the dress, as sell­ing dresses was her busi­ness, and I couldn’t imag­ine her just lend­ing me one when she didn’t know me at all. But she was just happy to let me bor­row it.

I started to dig out a busi­ness card so she would have my contact in­for­ma­tion but she said not to bother and just to re­turn the dress to the shop the fol­low­ing week. She didn’t even know more than my first name.

The din­ner most def­i­nitely was semi-for­mal at­tire and I was grate­ful I had Allyson’s dress.

Allyson helped me at a time when, frankly, the last thing I wanted to do was try on new clothes. How many peo­ple would of­fer one of their own dresses to a stranger?

Thanks Allyson! You made a dif­fer­ence.

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