Random Act of Kindness

With the Peace Medals early nomination deadline fast approaching I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on the meaning of peace. It takes me back to a wonderful story I read in the Winnipeg’s Community News Commons and thought it should be shared. It is titled, “Winnipeg Transit Driver’s Amazing Act of Kindness Stuns Passengers”  and written by Dennis Campbell.

“Today, as I was riding a Winnipeg Transit bus from Unicity to Downtown I did not realize that I would be a witness to something amazing.

The ride was, as usual, long and uneventful, until we reached the corner of Portage and Main.  That’s when the driver pulled over. This of course surprised all of the passengers on the bus.  But, what happened next still brings tears to my eyes.

The bus driver jumped off the bus to chat with a man that looked to be down on his luck; by all accounts, a homeless man. I first thought the driver was going to offer the man a ride until our driver took off his own shoes and gave them to the man on the sidewalk.

That is when I realized that the man the driver was chatting with was barefoot.  The bus was dead silent.  I think we were all stunned and speechless.  As we proceeded to our next stop, one of the passengers got up and said to the driver, that was the most amazing thing she had ever seen; and then she asked him, why did he do that?

The bus driver answered because he couldn’t stand the thought of that poor man walking without shoes.   Wow!  No judgement; it was just, “Here buddy you need these more than I do.”

There wasn’t a dry eye on the bus. All the passengers were moved by this bold and selfless gesture.

Now, a homeless man will have shoes for his feet because of a bus driver’s random act of kindness.

Not bad for a Tuesday morning in downtown Winnipeg.”

Another way to celebrate peace is to learn more about local peace building initiatives through the YMCA Calgary Peace Medal awards. Each year YMCA Calgary honours local peace builders for the work that they do, by hosting this event. This award serves to create awareness about community needs, and inspires others to get involved.

Early Submission deadline: June 8, 2013. If you know of an individual who helps to build peace in their community, nominate them for a 2013 YMCA Calgary Peace Medal today!