Random Act Of Kindness to a #TideColdHero In Honour of My Gramma

School Crossing guard with 20 years of service in Toronto, Tide Coldwater Hero, #TideColdHero #PGmom P&G MOM, P&GMom, Once upon a time there was an incredible women who took so much pride in her daily routine. A routine that took place in any element Mother Nature gave her. Rain, fog, heat, the bitter cold winter when we all were hibernating in the warmth of our homes, offices or cars. She with pride stood at her cross-walk for 20 years in Toronto, she was a crossing guard, she is my Gramma.

She watched “her cross-walk kids” grow as she crossed them through the years. I remember being a little girl and visiting Gramma at work, she was always proud to have me by her side. She was so proud of her duty to keep “her cross-walk kids” safe and her duty to Toronto, as a public servant.

The picture of the right is my Gramma walking to work which was actually a far hike daily. You can see in her left hand she has her stop sign, something that hasn’t changed and crossing guards today still carry the same ones.  

This is one of her favorite pictures and one she was proud to share with everyone. When she reached 15 years of service the City of Toronto had a ceremony and gifted her a 15 year pin for her public service. 

School Crossing guard with 20 years of service in Toronto, Tide Coldwater Hero, #TideColdHero #PGmom P&G MOM, P&GMom, You can tell by the smile on her face, she was proud and she deserved to be. Sometimes in life you wish to have just one more conversation to those in Heaven. Today I wish I could tell my Gramma just how proud I am of her. 

In Honour of My Gramma 

Tide wants to recognize and celebrate Canadians (like my Gramma) that suffer the cold to get the job done – our humble, local Cold Weather Heroes! From the crossing guard who helps your little one get to school safely to the linesman braving heights to ensure  you have power and heat on these frosty days, Canadian Cold Weather Heroes can be found in every community, and they don’t let the cold stop them!

I used this opportunity to do it in honour of my Gramma who was a #TideColdHero for 20 years. Since our children are bused to school and since we have a rural school we don’t have a crossing guard. However, there is one in town I see every so often and it hit me one day when I was driving by her. She was going to be my #TideColdHero. It actually hit me with tears and hit me hard, almost like a nudge from my Gramma in Heaven happened in that moment. 

School Crossing guard Kawartha Lakes Ontario, Tide Coldwater Hero, #TideColdHero #PGmom P&G MOM, P&GMom, We had never met, we have never spoke and she was my #TideColdHero. 

School Crossing guard Kawartha Lakes Ontario, Tide Coldwater Hero, #TideColdHero #PGmom P&G MOM, P&GMom, She is a sweet lady and she seemed to be in shock about this random act of kindness I was gifting her. After my short story about my Gramma and my quick introduction about Tide asking me to give her this gift, she was all smiles and kept saying “I do my best!” That she does! 

School Crossing guard Kawartha Lakes Ontario, Tide Coldwater Hero, #TideColdHero #PGmom P&G MOM, P&GMom, I took my children to school late this morning so they could get a feel for how amazing something so small like a thank you can impact someone’s day. Plus I need a photographer and Miss C did a wonderful job. 

School Crossing guard Kawartha Lakes Ontario, Tide Coldwater Hero, #TideColdHero #PGmom P&G MOM, P&GMom, Inside my gift basket I wrote a personalized card and gave her a gift card to Tim Hortons because that was my Gramma favorite indulge. 

Cold Weather hero, Tide Cold Hero, Random Acts of Kindness, Crossing Guard, Kawartha Lakes Crossing guard, P&G mom, PGMOM, P&GMom, #PGmom Tide wants you to share a random act of kindness with your #TideColdHero!

There are 10 Tide Cold Hero bundles up for grabs for 10 of my readers to gift to their Tide Cold Hero. This special gift will include a limited edition Tide scarf and travel mug to proudly display their everyday heroism and of course, Tide Coldwater HE Liquid laundry detergent to ensure they have a product that is as tough in the cold as they are! Canada only {excluding Quebec} – ends March 3rd EST 

How to enter:

  1. Snap a picture of your Tide Cold Hero busy at work or think up an engaging story of your Tide Cold Hero. 
  2. Share your picture or story on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #TideColdHero. You must tag @inRdream and tag @Tide when suitable. After your engagement and entry on Twitter or Facebook I will be choosing 10 winners.
  3. Once you receive your #TideColdHero prize Tide and I would love you to share a picture of you gifting your #TideColdHero their gift. Like I did above. It is the littlest acts in life that make the biggest impacts on our soul! 

Looking for some inspiration on choosing your Tide Cold Hero? 

Tide travelled across Canada to meet real Cold Weather Heroes and document their stories of everyday heroismVisit theweathernetwork.com to see how a crossing guard, zamboni driver, search and rescue team, fisherman and linesman do their best in the cold! Of course we would love you to share them with your friends. 

Tweet us: Who is your #TideColdHero? 

Thank you for reading In R Dream! 

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada. 


  1. loucheryl says:

    LOVE this contest! I’ve entered for my son’s school bus driver, Cherie. She’s always so cold opening and closing that door picking up and dropping off all of the little kids. I’d love to win her a prize. 🙂

  2. ivy pluchinsky says:

    My cold weather hero is my neighbor who goes out in the cold and helps his other neighbors out, with either carrying groceries in, or shoveling the driveway/sidewalks.

    I tweeted – https://twitter.com/ivypluchinsky/status/572075978299555842

  3. Amy Heffernan says:

    My Cold Weather Hero is my cousin who is very close to me. Two years ago my father and his brother and my two cousins were out Ice fishing. About 3 hours away from home. The ice cracked and my father who was 68 at the time fell in. Within seconds my cousin “Craig” fell flat to his stomach and risked his own life crawling over the ice reaching out and grabbing my fathers jacket. He managed to pull him up and get him to safety. From that day on he is known right though our family as a Hero. The cold weather made the situation even worse. We are all thankful for Craig!

  4. I can still clearly picture the crossing guard from my school, very much back in the day, Jean. 🙂 You could tell, by the way she proudly kept our school’s street corner safe, that she loved her job protecting us kids. I imagine your Gramma was the same kind of incredible person who was there for us everyday! Really love the way you paid tribute to her by forwarding the love to someone just like her. <3

    Here's my tweet about my #TideColdHero https://twitter.com/AerynLynne/status/571409279028035584

    • What a great story Aeryn! Yes my gramma was the exact same! It felt great to honour her in that way! Thanks for entering to Win for your #TideColdHero!

  5. Awe, that is so sweet – totally warms my heart. I think you’re gramma would be proud that you still recognize and appreciate all that she gave you.

  6. This is an amazing story!! I love how your Tide Hero is a stranger! Your Grandma would be very proud of this dedication!!

  7. I’m in tears. So lovely in every way. Obviously – your Gramma left her legacy of kindheartedness with you 🙂

  8. Such an amazing post! Love this so much.

  9. What ann excellent post and great heart warming story to read on this chilly morning! Well done!
    Looking forward to reblogging this!

    • I am glad it warmed you up Suzanne! I cannot wait to read your reblog on it. Thank you! Do you have a #TideColdHero? I would love for you to enter to warm your own cold weather heros heart up!

  10. A woman that I met who works at our local foodbank is my #TideColdHero. I can’t take a picture of her right now because we are in different countries but we chat regularly on Social Media and she always brightens my day. She gives and gives and gives to all those in need, including animals. She has my complete admiration and she really has earned this award.

    I tweeted, https://twitter.com/zoojourneys/status/571193686458912768

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  11. Thanks you beautiful story about your Gramma

  12. Tammy your Gramma would be so proud of you and I’m sure she is watching over you every single day.What a beautiful tribute to her and all the TideColdHero’s . <3<3<3


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