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Cory Hurley
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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 Hospital.

An act of kindness by an anonymous do-gooder left a big smile on Eric Jesso’s face Thursday in Corner Brook when he noticed quarters taped to parking meters at Western Memorial Regional Hospital’s parking lot. Jesso said it was amazing. — 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 — “Turn that dial and keep that smile.” 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’s 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? Possibly. 

Regardless, the mysterious good Samaritan left more than $20 with the gesture.

It’s 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 — 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 — nobody knew.

And it worked. It was a gesture that meant much more than 20 minutes of free parking.

“I don’t know. It is amazing,” Eric Jesso of Port au Port said, flashing a huge smile.  

“Somebody likes to do something nice.”

This was repeated more than 90 times throughout the parking lot. A minimum of 90 smiles.

Seems priceless.



Organizations: Western Regional Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Port au Port

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  • Jamie
    August 29, 2014 - 08:46

    Great story, nice to see! Well done, kind stranger!!