Acts of Kindness 2012admin
The following article appeared in American Profile, a national magazine.
At Arbor Hills Nursing Center in La Mesa, Calif., wheelchair-bound residents look forward to outings every Thursday to eat lunch, shop and sometimes enjoy a concert in the park.
“It’s the one day of the week that they get out,” says Emily Byerly, 71, one of the three volunteers who chaperone the residents on their excursions.
Typically, the residents don’t receive much attention from passersby on their day trips. But one Thursday last year at the Omelette Factory restaurant, one diner took notice.
“After we ate, I went up and asked the server for the bill,” Byerly recalls. “She said, ‘No, the lady who had sat in the corner paid it.'”
Observing the residents’ laughter and caring interaction with their chaperones, the customer had told the server how her own mother had been in a nursing home. In addition to paying for her own lunch, she picked up the tab for the 14 people from Arbor Hills and left with a smile.
“It was a special treat,” Byerly says.