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Mom touched by kindness

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I went to the Loomis Post Office to mail a package to Fort Bragg, N.C., so it will be there to greet my son, Bobby, when he comes home from Iraq. While I was getting ready to pay the postage, $22, a man behind me, a stranger, asked me if I was sending it to a military base. “Yes,” I said. “Is it your boy?” “Yes,” I repeated. With a big smile on his face, he said, “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.” He then walked up to me and handed me $20 to pay the postage! Then he told me to thank Bobby for his service. I am grateful for the kindness of strangers that reminds me that our soldiers aren’t just making sacrifices for their families, they are making sacrifices for all those they know as strangers — until the opportunity arises when we can call them friends. Thank you to my new friend I met at the post office today. I wish I would have asked you your name. I hope he reads this and knows how many hearts he has touched as I share the story of the kind stranger at the post office. Danita Astle, Loomis