Giving thanks

Friday, August 23, 2019

First on scene

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 9:05 AM

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I just wanted to thank all of the wonderful people who stopped to help me after I flipped over the handlebars of my motorbike driving down the Bedford Highway earlier this week. A huge thank-you to the off-duty firefighter and two nurses who stopped to help, to the guy who called 911, to the guy who used his shirt to shield me from the blistering sun and the woman who lent me her sunglasses. If I am forgetting to thank others who had stopped, I apologize but it is still all a blur. None of you needed to do what you did, but I am very thankful and grateful that there are people like you out there.
—Battered, Bruised, Bit-broken Biker
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

To the women at the Women’s Choice Clinic that assisted me during my abortion

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 10:12 AM

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Among the contentious debate in the United States concerning women’s right to choose, I found myself in the midst of making my own choice: To continue with an unplanned pregnancy, or to access Halifax’s abortion services. I chose the latter. Naturally, I was scared of the process, and scared about the judgement that I could face from pro-life medical practitioners.

All I can say is thank god for the staff at the clinic. They were nothing short of miracle workers, and made a really, really shitty situation into an empowering, validating experience. They helped me to understand that it is OK—and well within my right—to say that it is not my time to be a parent. They allowed me to cry, and they understood that while I was confident in my choice, I was still harbouring guilt over having to make it. I did not experience ANY judgment towards my choice, and felt nothing but a sense of deep personal respect.

To the one nurse in particular (you know who you are), please know that you are a beacon of hope in an otherwise traumatic situation. You held my hand and wiped tears of emotional and physical discomfort from my face, all while telling me that I was doing the right thing for me. I will never forget the kindness you showed me, and I hope you know that you and your colleagues are making a huge difference in the lives of women in Halifax.
—The PhD Candidate
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Feeling grateful

Posted By on Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 11:06 AM

On Tuesday morning I had a bad fall on the edge of Victoria Park. I fell into the boxes for The Coast and Metro, they both went over and the base of one came up and made a serious gash in my leg. I want to thank the young man who came to my assistance, he helped me up and was quite concerned. I had no idea how badly I was injured until 37 staples later. Many thanks to the young man who rushed to help me.
—On the mend 😊
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Thanks for helping with my hands!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 10:51 AM

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To the lady who stopped and helped me (around Oxford/Vienna/Berlin Streets) with some hand injuries after a bad fall Saturday night, thank you for helping me get home and assisting with the bleeding. (I ended up getting stitches at the ER.) I appreciate your kindness!!
—Street Faller
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Apologies for the sad tip

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 7:38 AM

I've always tipped well for every service in Halifax because I know what it's like out here in the hospitality industry—but my hanger got the best of me at a certain pizza place on Saturday, where I angrily put in a $0 tip because my pickup order had been delayed for an hour due to a glitch in the online order. You didn't deserve that. I'll return for more 'za soon and, this time, leave and doubly good tip. —Hangry, now regretful, gal
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Monday, July 8, 2019

A credit to humanity

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 3:13 PM

Thank you, "Susan in Halifax," for finding and reporting my credit card lost! You saved me from quite the hassle! I hope some good karma comes your way! —WK
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Friday, June 28, 2019

The Sweetest Swede

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 9:39 AM

Thank you for joining me on that empty dance-floor over a decade ago. If it wasn't for your sense of adventure, we wouldn't be here today. —French Canadian
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Friday, June 14, 2019

To the Half Marathon 2:25 Pace Bunny

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 2:55 PM

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  Thanks to the Memorial Cup, Bluenose Marathon Weekend was three weeks later than usual. I am not used to running in the heat so I adjusted my pace accordingly. I still wanted to finish strong. We held hands and crossed the Finish Line together, even though I was completing the 15K and not the Half! Slow race for me, awesomeness from you.
—Slow but grateful runner
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Monday, May 27, 2019

Good Samaritans still exist

Posted By on Mon, May 27, 2019 at 2:40 PM

I lost my wallet and keys in the Walmart parking lot. I was frantic looking everywhere for them. Thank you to the old man who picked them up and gave them to a bus driver. And thank you to the bus driver who took them and drove to my home after his shift to personally return them to me. You guys are the best, whoever you are! I hope you read this and know how much you are appreciated. It's wonderful to know there are honest, caring folks out there. I offer you my heartfelt thanks. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
—Forever grateful
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Thank you

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 12:18 PM

I was just going to pay for something and when I reached for my wallet, it wasn't there! I rushed back to the Halifax Central Library and, lo and behold, someone had found it and turned it in to the front desk. THANK YOU SO MUCH! It's been a rough year and only lately has it begun to turn around, and a lost wallet—and cash—might have put me close to the edge. You are a good person and I hope a lot of positive things happen to you! Hugs!
—Feeling better about stuff
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Gratitude for returning my car key and wallet

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 12:14 PM

Thank you to the unknown person(s) who found my car keys and wallet with my ID in it in the vicinity of Barrington Street on Sunday, and took the time to return them to my home. I cried with relief and gratitude when my daughter arrived and gave me my keys and wallet, not just the spare key. I was praying for a miracle but at the very best I had hoped to find them at the police station. Very grateful that you went out of your way to return my keys.
—Miracles do happen
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Monday, November 26, 2018

To the guys who helped us into the radar station

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 12:26 PM

Thanks for helping us (me) get my ass in the building. That was not going to happen without you offering to become human stairs and haul my ass up.
And, having a tour guide didn't hurt.
—One who typically keeps two feet on the ground
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Thank you doctors, nurses and staff

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 11:45 AM

I never had a chance to properly say thank you to all of the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital: I was tired and scared and you made me feel safe. I was stressed out from needing emergency surgery a few weeks back. You were kind, friendly, patient and warm. You clearly love what you do and you do it exceptionally well. After surgery, I woke up fine, but broken-hearted that I couldn't give a proper thank you. I hope this reaches you all.
Recovering girl
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Shout out to m’lady and her noble steed

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:40 PM

Shout out to the woman who, while driving on the Bedford highway Wednesday morning around 8:20am, saw me running to my bus stop and asked if I was going downtown and offered me a drive. I so appreciate the offer as it seemed so genuine and kind. I wanted to say yes, but my instinct to not accept drives from a stranger kicked in and I declined. But, I hope you see this post and know I am thankful for your kindness and generosity this morning.
—Damsel on a bus
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

There are good people out there

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:52 AM

To the customers who called out the old man that was cursing at my co-worker, thank you. Thank you so, so much. I've been in fast food for over 10 years (yeah, it's sad, I know) and today was only the second time in all those years that customers took a stand for us minimum-wage employees being abused.
And there were THREE of you that all spoke up completely on your own! We get more shitty people coming through than you can imagine, screaming at us over stupid shit, and knowing that even just a few of you were willing to speak up on our behalf gives me at least a little bit of my faith in humanity back. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
—Ten-Year Victim of Customer Shittiness
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