Good Samaritan pays visit to hospital parking lot
In a place where joy is not a common emotion, there were plenty more smiles than usual at Western Memorial Regional‚ÄąHospital.
An act of kindness by an anonymous do-gooder left a big smile on Eric Jesso‚Äôs face Thursday in Corner Brook when he noticed quarters taped to parking meters at Western Memorial Regional Hospital‚Äôs parking lot. Jesso said it was amazing. ‚ÄĒ Photo by Cory Hurley/The Western Star
Small, colourful sticky notes were taped to the parking meters there Thursday morning.
Penned on every note was a short, rhymed message of joy ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúTurn that dial and keep that smile.‚ÄĚ Under the taped corner, and across from the smiley-faced punctuation was a 25-cent piece.
Imagine: a patient, maybe family or friend, pulls into the parking lot of the hospital. Unless it‚Äôs the birth of a baby, chances are the visit is not, or was not, for great reasons. The fishing for loose change to feed the meter probably just adds to the agony. Was that the cause of this gift of ultimate unselfishness? Who knows?
So, who did it? A volunteer? Perhaps. The family member of a patient?‚ÄąPossibly.‚Äą
Regardless, the mysterious good Samaritan left more than $20 with the gesture.
It‚Äôs all just speculation, as nobody seems to know who was at the root of a simple gesture that carried with it such a hefty consequence ‚ÄĒ all these smiles.
A volunteer at the front desk, staff at the Western Regional Hospital Foundation, a communications person with Western Health, the security guard on duty ‚ÄĒ‚Äąnobody knew.
And it worked. It was a gesture that meant much more than 20 minutes of free parking.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know. It is amazing,‚ÄĚ Eric Jesso of Port au Port said, flashing a huge smile.
‚ÄúSomebody likes to do something nice.‚ÄĚ
This was repeated more than 90 times throughout the parking lot. A minimum of 90 smiles.