2001-10-13 / Letters

Acts Of Kindness

Acts Of Kindness

Dear Editor;

In early July I wanted a price on moving art supplies and furniture from Long Island City to Fort Tilden. I called an ad in the Wave for Small Moves NY. When I told them I wanted to go to Material for the Arts to pick up donated supplies for RAA’s summer art camp the proprietor said we could work out a reasonable price and kept saying ‘don’t worry’, so, of course I worried. When the day came, which was a scorcher, Matthew, was helpful and patient as I selected large rolls of paper, metal storage cabinets and more boxes of fabric than I’d like to remember for use in our program. At the end of the day after everything was unloaded, I asked what his fee would be. Matthew fondly recalled a story from his youth about being in art class and said it was on him, that this was his contribution to the camp. He wouldn’t take a dollar, not for gas, not for tolls. When I received a call from Nickelodeon about a beautiful tree created as a prop for a commercial that needed a home or was going to be destroyed, I sheepishly dialed Matthew’s number. The tree was in Greenpoint and I knew of a local school that would be happy to have it. Matthew the mover made it happen and pleasantly delivered the enormous tree without a mark and without a charge.

Being a member of RAA I’ve seen extraordinary acts of kindness by people just like Matthew, who give their time and services without expectations. As the great and powerful Oz would say, "These are the people in life known as good deed do-ers." It reminded me what a great town we live in and how working with children brings out the best in people. To Matthew at Small Moves NY, and to the long list of those who are always helping behind the scenes, you are what makes Rockaway what it is, a real community and a great place to live. Thanks.


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