One of my favourite types of letter to read in our local paper is that of the good deeds done by ordinary citizens.
It brings me a sense of pride in my community and reminds me that there are good people in this world, despite all the negativity we may see or read in the media.
It is for this reason that I have decided to write this letter.
My 76-year-old mother had gone for her daily walk up 64 Avenue to do a little shopping at the local market.
She was on her way back, with two bags in tow, when she took a misstep and fell face first at the end of the crosswalk.
She slowly got to her feet and began to collect her groceries while she had blood pouring out of multiple deep cuts on her face.
As she recalls it, there were at least 10 cars waiting at the intersection for the lights to change. Not one person bothered to get out of their vehicle and ask if they could assist her or if they could call for help.
Have we become that busy or that indifferent that we cannot take five minutes to assist an elderly person that is in obvious distress?
It saddens me deeply to think that people in our community could be that unresponsive.
My hope in writing this letter is that the next time you see an individual in need you think how you would want your loved one to be assisted.
Pam Rai, Surrey