Feel Good Friday: Proud to be Canadian

Today’s Feel Good Friday story was contributed by Javier Schwersensky of Winnipeg.

“Wednesdays are my son’s music class days and also his ‘hamburger’ days, in which he gets two plain McDonald’s burgers.

The location we go to after music (Grant Park) was closing at 6 p.m. for some renovations, so we got to the door and we were told we couldn’t get food. As we were leaving, a fairly elderly lady approached us and asked us where the closest McD was. So I suggested Pembina Highway, but she said, “I can’t walk there. My husband wanted chicken nuggets tonight and I don’t drive. We live across the street.”

Then she looked at me and said, “Would you take me there?” And so we did. The trip was short but we learnt that she is originally from the Philippines, that she was always a stay-at-home mom and wife, caring for a son with special needs, and that the husband got injured at work and is in a wheelchair now. And to top it off, their house had a fire (she left egg rolls frying when going to the bathroom and the kitchen caught fire) so they are living in a rental unit until all the repairs are done.

We used the drive-through window. Of course I paid for it, just to say thank you to her for caring for her entire family.

We drove her back to her place, and both Joel and I received a lovely, lovely blessing. She said goodbye and her parting words were, ‘Only in Canada something like this happens.’

Maybe not only here, but I am proud to have met her, to have covered her dinner and to be Canadian. Plus, she allowed me to turn a not-so-great day into a beautiful evening.”

Congratulations, Javier! You have won two $20 gift cards from Domino’s Manitoba–one for you and Joel, and one for your neighbour.

Do you have a good news story? Has a stranger given you a hand? Were you touched by a random act of kindness? Send your stories to jh (at) mytoba (dot) ca. If we post it, you’ll get a $20 gift card from Domino’s Manitoba.


J.H. Moncrieff is a Winnipeg journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Globe & Mail, Chatelaine, FLARE, WestJet magazine, Winnipeg Women, and the Winnipeg Free Press. She blogs about unsolved mysteries, the supernatural, haunted places, and spooky true stories at
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