Rich in spirit

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

IT is amaz­ing the lengths some Win­nipeg­gers will go to help some­one in need.

Re­cently, I was stand­ing at my usual place at a bus stop on Hen­der­son High­way, when a gen­tle­man in­quired about my in­jury, which has re­quired my con­tin­u­ous re­liance on crutches. He said he had no­ticed me at the bus stop on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

I ex­plained that I had been gored in the leg some months ago and was now un­able to work. He asked me where I was headed and if I re­quired help. I was go­ing to the nearby Safe­way for gro­ceries. He im­me­di­ately of­fered to get them for me.

I thanked him for his kind­ness but de­clined his of­fer. Still anx­ious to help, he of­fered me $80 to­wards the cost of the gro­ceries. Again, I thanked him but said I could not take his money. We then parted. In the course of the ex­change, we dis­cov­ered that we live across the street from one an­other.

The next day when I re­turned home af­ter vis­it­ing my wife at Riverview, as I do on a daily ba­sis, I found a let­ter un­der my apart­ment door from the gen­tle­man. In the let­ter, he ex­plained he hadn’t been able to sleep, so great was his con­cern about my wel­fare.

Th­ese ges­tures of con­cern and com­pas­sion by them­selves would have put him in the cat­e­gory of an­gels in my opin­ion — but this was not yet the end of the story. The gen­tle­man, Hen­drik P., had bought me a brand new walker. He later pre­sented it to me, along with a bill of sale for $175!

I am not a man of means. I could not have af­forded a used walker, let alone a new one. From what he said, I gath­ered that Hen­drick is not well off ei­ther, ex­cept, of course, in his spirit of gen­eros­ity, which is re­mark­able and truly ap­pre­ci­ated.

— Wayne Smith

Lun­cheon show­cased hand­crafted bowls from Sis­ter Macnamara School and Pinkham School. Ev­ery stu­dent up to Grade 6 at both schools made bowls that sold for $5-$10 at the

event to aid Har­vest in fight­ing hunger and feed­ing hope. ABOVE (L-R): Big Daddy Tazz’s son Joshua, Caro­line Hunter

(event MC), Buster Beau Dean (BOB FM), Big Daddy Tazz (co­me­dian), Kelly Parker (FAB 94.3 FM), Chris Albi (com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Win­nipeg Har­vest), Dez Daniels (FAB 94.3 FM), Scott

Mor­ris (FAB 94.3 FM), Doug Spiers (Win­nipeg Free Press)

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