Motorists express appreciation for the help they’ve received from strangers along the way. (Thinkstock photo)

Motorists express appreciation for the help they’ve received from strangers along the way. (Thinkstock photo)

LETTERS: ‘Roll’ models offer welcome reprieve

PAN letter writers talk about help they’ve received along the way

Editor:

Too often all we hear about is bad news in the media, about violence and conflict in Vancouver and its suburbs. Here’s an incident of compassion and neighbourliness from strangers in Surrey:

We live in Victoria and were on our way at 9:30 p.m. from Vancouver to a friend’s new home in South Surrey – and our phone died. We found our exit and went to a mall to ask for directions.

I saw a fellow about to get in his white SUV and asked him. He checked his phone and gave me clear instructions. From his accent, I sensed he was new to the area, as well. Then his wife rolled down the window and said “follow us.”

They then guided us right to our friend’s gate.

It felt like we were guided by angels.

Christopher Bowers, Victoria

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I want to say a big thank you to those people who helped me last week when my car broke down at traffic lights on 128 Street and 20 Avenue.

Dangerous position to be in, to say the least, hazard lights on or not. Could not get out of the vehicle on driver’s side. Cars, trucks – you name it – swerving around. No help there. Only the opposite.

A young man across 128th helped me push the car around the corner to face east, and then – assisted by two joggers – pushed me to safety. Two more people doing road work came up to offer assistance.

This was a very frightening situation for about 10 minutes, and I am so very grateful for your help.

As well, the BCAA guy who helped me and my dog Coco back to White Rock was a star man.

So many awful stories of terrible things happening around the globe, and yet thank heavens there is the majority who care and support us in times of individual trouble. So again, thank you.

Richard Winn, White Rock