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Scott Hornery once gave away a mower in a random act of kindness. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Scott Hornery once gave away a mower in a random act of kindness. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

KINGSTHORPE resident Scott Hornery is proof random acts of kindness are not a thing of the past.

The 28-year-old gave away a new mower to man he had never met simply because he felt it was the right thing to do.

"I was walking to dinner with my family and I saw a man cutting his grass with shears as his pregnant wife watched on," Mr Hornery said.

"After asking him why he didn't just use a mower he said he couldn't afford one and desperately needed to cut the lawn.

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"I had just been given a new lawn mower for free and said to him he could have it."

The tattoo artist said he never knew the man's name or heard from him since but hoped his helping hand made a difference.

"I saw the man struggling and I couldn't just let him continue that way," he said.

"It felt wrong that I owned two lawn mowers and someone who really needed one didn't.''

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Mr Hornery's story was one of many examples posted on the Chronicle Facebook page when we asked "When was the last time you did something for someone else without it benefiting you and when was the last time someone did something for you without benefiting them?".

Paying for a stranger's shopping, cleaning houses and helping at breakdowns were just further proof Toowoomba residents always extend a helping hand.

Big hearts

  • Donna Giles: I took a sick magpie to the vet today. It was probably the same one which swooped me on the golf course.
  • Louise Neagle: I once paid a friends phone bill.
  • Ashleigh Molloy: I like to do random acts of kindness all the time. It wasn't that long ago someone anonymously bought me a blender.
  • Miette Opheli: I was once buying jumpers for my children and was short the cash. Another lady in the queue paid for it for me.
  • Helen Sutherst: I helped an elderly lady who wanted to buy a garden potting station. It was too heavy for her to take to the car. The staff at the shop said they were too busy to help so I walked over and did it for her. The smile on her face was beautiful and a reward in itself.
  • Dani Hunter: When I arrived home the other night I noticed my neighbour had mowed my entire quarter acre lot. I am so very grateful.
  • Hannah Cherry: I cleaned an elderly man's house. He was having surgery. I thought it would be nice for him to come back to a clean house. His family gave me chocolates and flowers to say thank you which was very sweet as I wasn't expecting anything in return.


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