Random Act Of … At Riverview Cafe

Riverview Cafe in Dexter was recently the scene of a random and remarkable event.

It is reassuring to know there are people in our midst doing good things without drawing attention for it, without subtly being credited in the public eye. There are certain individuals that do the right thing, the kind thing, or the extra-mile thing when they can, not for accolades but in response to their own inner narrative that is telling them that it’s the right thing to do in that moment.

Hearing these stories can often make us feel safer somehow. Knowing there might be good folks out there keeping an eye out for us when we least suspect it is reassuring. Such was the experience for a group of public servants gathered at Riverview Café on the corner of Main and Alpine Streets here in Dexter the other day.

I was sent the following message:

“We wanted to express our appreciation for of an act of kindness that happened on Feb 28th 2018 in the Riverview Cafe, Dexter, Michigan. Twenty-five retired and current Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, and dispatchers gathered at the Riverview Cafe to eat breakfast, visit and enjoy each other’s company. Some had not seen each other in over 20 years.

“To our surprise when it came time to pay our bills, the staff informed us some kind person who wished to remain nameless had paid for all 25 breakfast orders. It was an act of kindness and support that moved everyone at the table. To that kind individual, thank you from all of us and thank you to the Riverview Cafe for good food, good service and a friendly atmosphere.”

– Harry Valentine, Washtenaw County Sheriff Retired

To whoever you were, thank you for taking care of the people who have taken care of us. And thank you for just being nice when you didn’t have to be.

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