Letter to the Editor: Paying it forward
December 20, 2012
I just wanted to tell you about an act of kindness that occurred in your small town. On Saturday, Dec. 15, my vehicle overheated, so I drove to the little Fast Lane gas station located on Highway 267 just past Old Brockway Road.
I went inside and purchased antifreeze and windshield fluid. The young man by the name of Kurk assisted me. I completed my purchase and proceeded outside. With my hood up in the freezing weather and snow, the young man came outside to offer his assistance.
This is where the amazing part comes in. He notices that my belt had broke, and stated that he got off work at 2 p.m. or so, and if I could get the belt, he would fix it for me. I asked him how much he would charge so that I could get the money. His response was “I believe in paying it forward”. My heart just dropped. Never in my life would I have expected a young man to offer such assistance on his own time on a Saturday afternoon.
Long story short, he fixed my car when he got off of work. I purchased a gift card at the Togo’s Sandwich shop and told him that since he would not take money, I could at least feed him.
My boyfriend and I own a small second-hand store in Reno, and we plan on paying it forward ten-fold. In a time of sorrow for our country, this young man in his selfish act reminds us of the true, honest and goodness that still exist. We thank Kurk and this store for employing him. We thank his parents for raising such a good person. The town of Truckee should be proud of him.
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