Dianne Monteith’s Christmas memory comes true

Holiday kindness amazes Valley resident

Resident Dianne Monteith still experienced what she calls a random act of kindness this holiday season that still brings tears to her eyes.

Dianne Monteith still tears up when she thinks of one random act of kindness that  has summed up her holiday season.

On Dec. 1, Monteith, a Port Alberni resident, and her husband parked on their vehicle on Argyle Street to attend a bank appointment at the Bank of Montreal. Before heading into the bank, Monteith saw in the window of Le Cut Hair Salon a familiar doll dressed in a red and white dress.

She told her husband that as a young girl she had that very doll.

After their bank appointment, Monteith and her husband went into the hair salon to ask the owner, Darlene McGarry, for a photo of the doll.

“She was happy to comply and took the doll from the window display, handed it to me, and her co-worker took my photo with the doll,” Monteith wrote in a letter to the AV News.

McGarry stated that the doll was 60 years old and that the shoes she was wearing were the originals.

As a child, Monteith had the very same doll, and she cherished it deeply. She can still remember her doll’s dress with two buttons on the front, three on the back, the heart-shaped lace and shoulder straps.

(Story continues below)

“I loved that dress so much that I asked my grandmother and mother if they would make one for me so my doll and I could look the same,” Monteith wrote. “I was only a couple inches taller than that 32-inch walking doll.”

After chatting with McGarry about her memories with her own doll, Monteith said what happened next demonstrated the true spirit of Christmas.

“This wonderful woman looked me straight in the eyes and said ‘Merry Christmas.” She gave me the doll,” Monteith wrote. “My eyes filled with tears at this kind woman’s spirit of Christmas.”

McGarry asked Monteith if she remembered her doll’s name, which she did not. McGarry said the doll’s name was Katie.

“I have two sons but had either been a girl they would have been named Katie,” Monteith said. “”Now we all had tears in our eyes.”

Two weeks after experiencing the random act of kindness, Monteith still gets emotional she tells the story.

“I think people need to hear something as uplifting as that this time of the year,” she said. “That’s a very meaningful and selfless thing that [McGarry] did. She has no idea what that meant… it was probably more about the act than it was about the doll.”

Katie the doll has been sitting under the Monteiths’ Christmas tree since Dec. 1, where she will remain throughout the holidays.

 

twitter.com/alberninews

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

 

 

 

Just Posted

Josephine Street Bridge closure extended

Restoration has been delayed due to poor weather

Vehicle rolls over at bottom of hump, driver not found

Port Alberni RCMP are still investigating

LNG project given a traditional Huu-ay-aht name

Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG have announced new name for co-managed project

Port Alberni tackles “big city” problems

City’s compliance staff unable to take on emerging challenges

Alberni Valley soccer players learn Whitecaps Way

Young soccer players in Port Alberni got first-hand lessons from Whitecaps coaches

‘Tis the season in the Alberni Valley

Port Alberni gets ready for the holiday season

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

15 arrested as Duncan police raid yields drugs, stolen property

Arrests made, drugs and stolen property seized

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

Mounties dismantle counterfeiters ring with raid in Maple Bay Thursday

Counterfeiting paraphernalia found along with firearms, stolen property as police swept in Nov. 23

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

RCMP searching for missing Cowichan Bay boater, Daniel Borthwick

His Zodiac has been found but he has not, so far.

Most Read