Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Random Phone Call

--by Rav from the East, posted Jan 14, 2006
I was out late watching a movie with friend in Georgetown. By the time the movie ended it was 2am. We walked to my car which was parked in the lot across the street. When we arrived, I noticed something strange- the doors were unlocked. I took a quick survey of the car's interior and was relieved to find everything intact, except for one thing- my briefcase was gone. After some discussion with my friend over technicalities- "Are you sure you locked the doors?", "Maybe you left it at work," I accepted the bag was gone and that was that. I considered myself incredibly fortunate that nothing valuable was taken or that nothing else in the car was damaged.

The next day I got a surprising voicemail from a man that lived in the Georgetown area. He said he had walked his dog in the morning and came across a pile of papers and bills with my name all over it. He said it looked like "a purse or bag had been dumped out." I called him back immediately. He offered to mail the stuff back or I could pick it up... At first I asked him to send it, but then reconsidered. I was already in the city and plus I didn't want to inconvenience him. Normally, it probably wouldn't be smart to go to a strangers house to pick something up...but he gave me a legit Georgetown address and I could hear the dog in the background- so I figured I was relatively safe.

I met the guy (and his dog) and thanked him profusely. He said he'd let me know if he found anything else. Words could not express my appreciation of this stranger's kindness. I thought to myself- there's so much goodness in the world and there are so many people that express that inner goodness on a daily basis through these random acts of kindness. Though it feels good to give felt nice to realize others want to give too. It seems to be just around any corner!
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