Random Act of Kindness experienced by Hallandale Beach Teens

HALLANDALE BEACH, FLORIDA – 31 Jul, 2017 – On the afternoon of Wednesday, July 27th, teens from our OB Johnson Park Teen program were returning from a Rapid Waters Park field trip.  While traveling on I-95 through the West Palm Beach area, the bus transportation broke down and a replacement bus was called.  During their wait, a stranger driving in same direction noticed the group.

Linda Sanders, of Delray Beach, passed by the stranded bus on her way to purchase shoes and decided she didn’t need shoes as badly as the stranded teens may have needed water. She immediately exited the highway, went into the nearest grocery store and bought cases of water and ice popsicles for the teens.  She got back on the highway and dropped off the recent purchases of water and popsicles for the teens.  Just this act alone was extraordinary and heroic, considering the dangerous heat-advisory temperatures conditions and the rush hour traffic.

After providing the water and popsicles for the teens, Ms. Sanders left and the teens did not get a chance to note her name.  A short time later, the replacement bus arrived and the teens were safely traveling back home.  The story does not end there. 

Ms. Sanders felt bad for the teens and considered that they may be waiting longer for the replacement bus.  She quickly went to a local pizza shop and purchased several pizzas for the teens.  Just as she was getting on the highway, she witnessed the new bus pulling away with the teens.  Not wanting to give up to assist the teens, she followed the bus all the way back to the City of Hallandale Beach (approximately 30 miles from where the bus broke down). When the bus parked in our parking lot, Ms. Sanders arrived, ready to provide the pizzas for all the teens to enjoy. Ms. Sanders went out of her way to ensure that our teens were safe, hydrated and comfortable.

The City of Hallandale Beach takes great pride in honoring heroic individuals that go above and beyond for the care of our constituents. On Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30pm, The City of Hallandale Beach will be thanking Ms. Sanders, formally during a City Commission meeting, at the Hallandale Beach City Hall, 400 S Federal Hwy.

“In these days of bad news, we are so happy to be able to share this story of kindness.”
 – Cathie Schanz, CPRE, City of Hallandale Beach Parks & Recreation Director

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