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Good Samaritan delivers 2,000 thank yous to Vancouver's finest

Vancouver Sun logo Vancouver Sun 2017-08-08 Gordon McIntyre
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For the first of his 111 random acts of kindness, David McCann donated three works of art worth $1,400 to a Vancouver school for them to auction, with the proceeds going toward school supplies for the students.

For his 71st such act, McCann on Friday delivered 2,000 Roger’s chocolates to the main station of the Vancouver Police Department, enough for all the officers and staff, his way of saying cheers.

“It’s a thank you for the VPD’s willingness to change over the past 50 years in how they view and deal with the Vancouver gay community,” McCann said. “In particular, how they have and continue to provide security so we can enjoy a safe and wonderful Pride celebration and parade.”

McCann pledged to carry out 111 random acts of kindness in honour and memory of his 111-year-old friend, Mary, his partner’s grandmother who died recently.

Since his story was published in The Vancouver Sun, he has been overwhelmed with support, he said.

“I really don’t know what to say. I’ve just had a tenant of mine who is on a business trip to Alberta, Murray Goldberg, send me $111 so I can do another random act of kindness in Mary’s honour.

“I miss Mary and her wise counsel, her gentle laughter and her quiet encouragement of my habit of practising random acts of kindness.

“I want to say thank you to each and every officer and civilian staff member of the VPD for their dedication and their hard work, and mostly for their willingness to explore and embrace change for the benefit of us all.”

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