November 23, 2009
I just sent the following letter to Toys “R” Us in hopes that they can put me back in touch someone who touched my life ten years ago. I hope someone there reads it and can lend a hand to my search.
Dear Toys “R” Us,
I’m trying to find out how I can get in contact with someone who claimed to be an employee of your organization back in December of 1999. Let me tell you why.
Late in the evening on December 23, 1999 I was driving up I-65 from Tennessee to the Chicago area to visit my family for Christmas. Right around Indianapolis, IN there was a blizzard out of nowhere. A complete white-out. I couldn’t see the road anymore and my tires rubbed the grassy median. I spun out, did 3-360s in the road, my car went across all lanes of traffic, dropped 15 feet into a ditch and skidded 50 feet until I stopped by hitting a tree.
I was 19 years old, alone, didn’t have a cell phone and was far from home still. I was scared out of my mind. A man pulled over to check on me despite the heavy snow and deep cold. He helped me up out of the ditch and let me sit in his car until the police and tow truck arrived. Now, we didn’t talk much. He could see I was scared and possibly hurt (turns out, I was). I remember he was a gentleman, nice and caring but specifically that he said he was a regional manager of Toys R Us. Sadly, I don’t recall his name.
This Christmas it will be 10 years since that night. I want to find this man so that I can properly say “thank you” for being the Good Samaritan that we all hope for in times like those.. and to let him know that I never forgot his kindness.
Is there a way you would be able to find out who your regional managers were around that time, that may have been in that area on that day? I understand there’s likely privacy issues. Maybe you could somehow reach him and ask him to contact me instead?
I know, this is a long shot but every year I think about this man and how I didn’t even know his name or say thank you like I should have. I’d like to see what I can do to remedy that. I really hope that you can help to reconnect us. Please let me know if you can and/or are willing.