Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stop to help

7/28/2014

A few weeks ago in the Walmart parking lot, an older woman fell. A young lady with her was trying to help her up. But sometimes it takes more than one person.

The parking lot was busy, but not one person stopped to help these ladies. Why? A few minutes is all it takes to ask if there is something you can do or if you can help them try to get up. If you can’t, go get someone else. What ever happened to compassion?

A few weeks ago in the Walmart parking lot, an older woman fell. A young lady with her was trying to help her up. But sometimes it takes more than one person.

The parking lot was busy, but not one person stopped to help these ladies. Why? A few minutes is all it takes to ask if there is something you can do or if you can help them try to get up. If you can’t, go get someone else. What ever happened to compassion?

If someone were having a heart attack or a seizure of some kind, would you just walk off? Good lord, I hope not.

A few minutes is all it takes — even if someone else is there — to ask if you can call an ambulance or get someone else to help you. Comforting words calm, and sometimes older people get confused and upset. Be assured that if I see you in trouble on the ground or anywhere, I will try one way or another to help you.

I ask the public here in Ottawa, or anywhere else, to please look around you, be alert and if you see someone who needs help, please, by all means, talk to them, ask them how you can help. After all, it could be you in trouble some day and you’ll appreciate the time someone stops to help you.

Shirley Coffman,

Ottawa

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