Angels In Disguise of Everyday People

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Today’s story comes to us from Carla Pelechaty and reminds us of the goodness found in everyday situations where angels are in disguise of everyday people.  Thanks so much for sharing your story Carla!  We truly do hope that the lady in your story reads this blog to know how important her act of kindness was to you and many others.

The day is Tuesday, September 3, 2013. It is the first day of school and the first day back to work after vacation. I go out to my vehicle and notice that I have a flat tire. “Great!” I think to myself.

I phone my in laws and borrow a vehicle as my husband has already left to work with his.  I borrow the vehicle and am feeling good as I am now on my way to work and will make it on time as it is a 30 minute drive.  I happen to glance down and notice the gas light suddenly on, warning me that fuel is low and then … the fuel bell begins to ring. I listen to the bell ring the rest of the way to work hoping that I am going to make it, all the while thinking to myself,  “What a way to start my day!  But it can’t get worse it can only get better”.

I have a busy morning at work and decide that at lunch hour I will go and put gas in the vehicle as I have errands to run after work and this will save my some time by doing this on my lunch break. I work near the hospital so I go to the old Co-op gas station on Broadway as it is the closest to my workplace. I ask the gas attendant to put in 30 dollar of gas, take my debit card in with me to save time as I have not cleaned my “messy summer holiday” purse out yet.  I decide to treat myself to a Co-op Iced Cap as I wait for the car to fill.  I wait in the line up to pay and insert my debit card.  The cashier does her part and my card is denied.  I think I must have made an error … so I try again.  Once again it’s denied!  I decide that this can’t happen to me three times in a row so … I try again.

By this time people are lined up behind me waiting to pay for their purchases. The cashier takes my debit card out of the machine, looks at it, and informs me that my card expired yesterday. I ask the cashier if I can run to my vehicle to get my Visa. She agrees to wait as I quickly run out to my car, dig around in my “messy summer holiday” purse again, find my Visa, and run back into the store.  I put my Visa through the machine and the message reads error.  Now I’m starting to feel embarrassed and very confused as to why none of my cards will go through.

I turn to look at the line of people in line and the lady right behind me smiles.  The others behind her, however, do not look so happy though.  I would describe them as looking very impatient and frustrated with me.  I try my Visa again and fine that it makes the same error.  I ask the cashier if she can end my transaction and let the other people through and I will try after they are done.  The cashier reassuringly suggests that I try one more time.  I do … and can’t believe my eyes when the message informs me that my card has now been locked and that I need to call my bank.

The lady behinds me hands her credit card to the cashier and says to me “Let me pay for it”.  As I am standing there holding the drink in my hands I think that she means the Iced Cap.  I explain to her that I am not only buying the drink but I also have to pay for gas.  She gently states “I know.  I want to pay for your entire purchase”.

She hands her credit card to the cashier and tells her that she is paying for my purchase.  I am shocked, yet so very thankful that this complete stranger has willingly done such a wonderful and generous thing for me.  I thanked her repeatedly and asked her for her name and number so that I can pay her back. She smiled and simply said that she does not want to be paid back.  I ask her where she lives and she says “Yorkton”.

The tells me to have a great day, pats me on the shoulder and gives me the warmest smile that I have ever seen.  I look at the people standing behind her in the line up, they now all have warm smiles on their faces also. The feeling in that gas station that afternoon when this wonderful lady paid for my purchase was a feeling of love and warmth. There seemed to be a glow in the room and also on everyone’s face.  I thanked the lady again and squeezed her arm and assured her that I would pay it forward.

I truly believe that I was not the only person in that gas station that day that felt the warmth and the generosity given by a complete stranger … to a complete stranger.

I hope that this wonderfully, kind hearted women reads this blog and realizes the positive effect that she not only had on me, but also on everyone else present that day.

I have shared this story with my family and friends and feel the warmth all over again just by sharing the story.

Thank you very much to the lady at the Co-op gas station on Broadway in Yorkton, SK on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  You reminded me that a small gesture can make a big difference.  I was lucky to have met you on this day and although we are complete strangers … I will remember you forever!!!

Thank you!

Carla Pelechaty

Chase Made A Difference … Will You?

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Memories of the Grand Opening

One month ago we all came together to celebrate the life of our dear, sweet little Chase as our dream of building a splash park in his memory was realized.  Thanks to our very talented and beautiful cousin, Sasha Golding, we now have a great video slideshow that will allow us to remember some of the special moments from that day.  Thank you so much Sasha!

CTV also ran a very nice story.  For those of you who missed the news the evening of the grand opening, here is the link to clip: http://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=969002

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Grand Opening SUCCESS

Yesterday’s Grand Opening of the Chase Kraynick Pay It Forward Splash Park was a resounding success.  Out thanks goes out to so many people for their ongoing, unwavering support.  We will send out an official thanks in the coming weeks.

Needless to say, the park is open, operational, and WONDERFUL!!!  We Love it!  It was so nice to spend the day with family, friends and splash park supporters from around the province.  The weather was amazing, the smiles were on everyone’s faces, and the memories were many.  We will have more for you on our Facebook page as well as here on the blog in the days to come.

CTV did a great story on the opening of the park.  For those of you who missed it you can check it out the following link: Splash Park CTV News Clip.

If you didn’t get a chance to make it out please take the time sometime this summer to go and visit.  It truly is a great place to be.

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Splash Park Opening Balloon Release

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Calling ALL Volunteers!!!!

workerwithrakeIf you’ve been trying to find a way to Pay It Forward for your community…look no further!!!  The countdown is on and we are almost ready to turn on those sprayers and celebrate with our Grand Opening!  But before that happens… we are looking for volunteers to meet us at the splash park site to help spread gravel and tie some rebar this coming Saturday, July13 at 9:00am!!!!

shovelTall, short, large, small, old, and young are all welcome!!!  🙂  If you are willing to donate your time and energy and are planning to be in the Canora area on Saturday morning we will gladly welcome ALL and ANY help!  We need to get the gravel and rebar in place prior to the cement pour happening next week!!!! If you can come, please bring a shovel or rake to spread the gravel.  You can help make a difference in our community and Pay it Forward!!!

PLEASE MESSAGE ME (Rachel Kraynick) ON FACEBOOK TO LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE ABLE TO MAKE IT AND WANT TO HELP OUT!  Thank you!

Chase Made A Difference … And You Can Too!!

4 VOLUNTEER Electricians Hook up the Splashers!!!

Kyle and Roxy Roberts (Journeyman Electricans), Matt Sleeva (fourth year apprentice electrician), and Brody Steciuk (first year apprentice electrician) worked tirelessly on Friday July 5th to finish the electrical hookups for the Splash Park.  All four electricians work for Gabora Electric BUT took a day off work to donate their time, talents and expertise as their individual contribution to the Park!  Talk about Paying it Forward!!!!  We are so grateful for each one of you and want to sincerely thank you for making this tremendous contribution to our community!!!!

P1000356Each sprayer was hooked up to a timer which allows a sprayer to run for a set amount of time.  The park is equipped with 2 separate activators which require the children to hit the button to activate a sequence of sprayers.  These timers will allow us to set how long a sprayer will run as well as allow us to turn on and shut them off at a certain time of day.

These four individuals not only have inspired us to think of ways to give back using our own talents, time and energy, but have profoundly touched our hearts with their generosity.

We are truly thankful for their quality service and workmanship and we hope they know how much it means to our family and our community. Thank you for stepping forward and making a difference!

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Up next we are ready to bring in the gravel and cement before the sprayers are turned on!!!  Stay tuned because we may need some volunteers to help spread the gravel.

Chase Made A Difference … and so did Roxy, Kyle, Matt and Brody!!!! 

What will YOU do today??

June 19th Splash Park Update!!!

#2Well folks… Yorkton Plumbing and Heating wasted no time in getting involved with the Splash Park!  Not only were they one of the first businesses to step up to the plate, months ago, to “Pay it Forward” to Canora by volunteering their time and supplies for the project, but they were eager to get in and do their job this past week!  Curtis Krotenko and his family joined us on the AVIVA Float during the Winter Lights Festival in Canora and since Kurtis works at Yorkton Plumbing and Heating, he was sporting his AVIVA T-shirt on the worksite!!!  🙂 Gotta love that!

#1Here’s our progress update what what has been happening the past little while…

  • Nejah Building delivered the shed where the plumbing and electrical units will be housed.   The shed will be fully assembled and sided shortly.
  • Yorkton Plumbing and Heating started Monday and will be wrapped up this Wednesday morning (providing no rain comes our way)
  • We have ordered the picnic tables, benches, bike rack and a garbage can for the splash park
  • We are currently working on the signage for the park
  • Jerry Gabora with Gabora Electric has done his site inspection and is the next contractor to work at the site.  He is ready to go and we are excited to have his company be part of our project!
  • After the electrical is completed, the gravel will be brought in and that’s when we need all you volunteers to bring your shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes and muscles to help spread it all into place!!  (PLEASE STAY POSTED FOR THOSE DETAILS TO COME)

We are attempting to have everything in place for a MID-JULY GRAND OPENING!!!  So stay tuned!!  As soon as we make final arrangements for this special day, an official announcement will come out to you via this blog!!  We are so excited for that day to arrive, but in the meantime we would love to hear more of your Pay It Forward stories so that we can share them with others.  So . . . the questions of the day are … Did you find a way to pay it forward to today?  If so, what did you do?  How did your act of kindness affect that person?  How did your act of kindness make a difference?

 Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?