OPINION

Oregon traveler extends her appreciation

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Letter to the Editor:

I visit family every year in Iowa, and a couple of weeks ago on the trip up from Des Moines to Hampton, the tire pressure light on my rental car flashed on. I pulled over at a Kum and Go just off I-35 and Highway 30 near Ames. It was a bit unnerving because nightfall was coming and I was by myself. As I was trying to get somebody in the store to assist me, the young woman I was parked next to offered to help. So I headed with her and her companion over to the air pressure pump. There, he got flat on his back to check over the tire and discovered a screw in it. They helped me weigh my options: put air in the tire and hope it made it the 60 miles to Hampton, or drive slowly up the interstate on the tiny tire passing for a spare. Next thing I know, they whipped out the spare, and he jacked up my car and changed the tire for me.

The pair, whom I only know said they were from the Story City area, wouldn’t accept money for their efforts. So I just wanted to let them know I made it, and ended up having to get a new tire because of the bad position of the screw.

This kindness to a stranger and selflessness are not surprising to me - coming from Iowans - but I want these two Good Samaritans to know they have my heartfelt appreciation. I hope I can pay it forward.

Nancy Todd

Sunriver, OR