Good Neighbors

Collect for a Charity "Wish List"

If you don't know what to get that favorite "charity" on your list this year, why not check their wish list to see what they want? We did.

"Unbearded Santas making (people) smile" is how our friends Bert Dorazio and Kevin Bright described themselves and their Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative friends, as they celebrated the 5th anniversary of the organization Saturday with a "Holiday Kindness Celebration."

The group met at North Park Lounge in Lawrenceville and spread out over the city, doing Random Acts of Kindness (that's Bert and Kevin at Target, above, surprising unsuspecting strangers with gift cards).

Other volunteers left hand-knitted scarves tied to the light poles in Market Square with the note "Take me if you are cold. This scarf was made with love and kindness." Imagine the boost the recipient (maybe they were indeed cold?) probably felt when they found something made with love by a stranger!

"The best random act of kindness today was explaining to a senior that we were going to pay for her groceries in Shop n Save," Bert wrote on the Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative Facebook page. "It took some cajoling and convincing but in the end we succeeded."

"She couldn't believe we didn't want anything from her." Bert Dorazio, about a woman whose groceries he paid for at a Shop n Save

How appropriate that the viral night of kindness came on the heels of a Wallethub report, that ranked Pittsburgh among the Most Caring Cities in the U.S. We came in at #4! Of course, after celebrating that achievement for a moment or two, Bert and Kevin challenged everyone to be even kinder in the new year as part of their goal to make Pittsburgh the kindness city in the nation!

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