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Opinion: Kindness of community truly evident in time of need

So many times all we hear and see are the bad things people do and say to each other. Recently, I had a bad experience that really proved the other side, the good side, of people. Let me start from the beginning:
On Feb. 4 , while at Mr. Ups Restaurant for lunch, I left my table, took a few steps and fell over a landing I did not see. People came running over to me, brought me water and called 911. The staff even told diners their lunches may be late because of this situation. The ambulance came and transported me to Porter Hospital. After it was determined I had fractured my right hip, Dr. Benz was contacted and he operated immediately that same afternoon. For the next six days the staff at Porter gave me excellent care, after which I was transferred to Helen Porter Rehab Center where I spent the next three and a half weeks. The staff, nurses, aids, physical therapists and occupational therapists, could not have been more concerned, helpful, friendly people.
I also wish to thank everyone who stopped in to visit, made phone calls, sent a card or memento. It is genuinely uplifting to know so many good people are out there ready and willing to help when and where they can.
Another special kindness needs to be recognized. Recently, I was in dire need of some medical supplies. The package was to be delivered on a particular day. When my mail carrier came I didn’t hear him knock on the door, so he left a paper that I’d have to pick up the package at the post office. In my situation that was impossible.
Since it was late in the day when my mail was brought in to me, I called the post office early the next morning and was told they would try and see that the package was redelivered that day. When I hadn’t heard anything by noon, I called again and was told I would have my supplies that day, even if the person I was speaking with had to deliver the package to my home himself. Who can ask for better service than that?
Though this may seem like a very long letter, it is my intent to show that even though unfortunate things may happen, we are very fortunate to live in a community of such good and caring people who are willing to be kind and helpful, thereby making the best of any situation.
Janice Whittemore
Cornwall 

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