She never had any intention of seeking recognition or revealing her identity, but Alexandra Wicks is humbly acknowledging her good deed.
After an appointment at Western Memorial Regional Hospital Thursday morning, the soon-to-be first-year university student was frustrated with the lack of available parking and not having change for the meter.
She channelled her frustration into something good, posting quarters and notes on close to 100 meters, hoping to brighten the moods of those going to the hospital.
She said she didn't want any recognition, and is amazed by the attention it has created.
In a place where joy is often not a common emotion, there were plenty more smiles than usual at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.
Small, colourful stick-it notes were taped to the parking meters there Thursday morning.
Penned on every note was a short, rhymed message of joy — “Turn that dial and keep that smile.” Under the taped corner, and across from the smiley-faced punctuation was a 25-cent piece.
A patient, maybe family or friend, pulls into the parking lot of the hospital. Unless it’s the birth of a baby, chances are the visit is not, or was not, for great reasons. The fishing for loose change to feed the meter probably just adds to the agony. Was that the cause of this gift of ultimate unselfishness? Who knows?
So, who did it? A volunteer? Perhaps. The family member of a patient? Possibly.
Regardless, the mysterious good Samaritan left more than $20 with the gesture.
It’s all just speculation as nobody seems to know who was at the root of a simple sort of gesture that carried with it such a hefty consequence — all these smiles.
A volunteer at the front desk, staff at the Western Regional Hospital Foundation, a communications person with Western Health, the security guard on duty — nobody knew.
And it worked too. It was a gesture that meant much more than the 20 minutes of free parking.
“I don’t know; it is amazing,” Eric Jesso of Port au Port said, flashing a huge smile. “Somebody likes to do something nice.”
This was repeated more than 90 times throughout the parking lot. A minimum of 90 smiles. Seems priceless.