I am visiting Salt Lake City this week for the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers convening, and I added in a couple of extra days at the beginning of my trip to do some hiking and to explore this beautiful area.

Unfortunately, I was in a car accident on Easter Sunday, my first day here.

I saw the car coming and screamed, then watched helplessly as we were hit, hard. The airbags deployed and it felt as if I had hit a brick wall at 40 mph. The door was jammed, but I managed to squeeze out.

I walked around the car in shock and in pain. Immediately people began to get out of their cars to help, and it was so heartwarming to see the sincere concern and care that people showed to us.

I was in a city where I didn’t know anyone, in a traumatic accident, and was surrounded by people who just wanted to help. I want to say “thank you” to each of those people who stopped to help, some of whom stayed until the very end, helping us in our states of shock.

I realized the next day that one of those who stopped to help was Donovan Mitchell. My children back home in North Carolina were so excited about this part of the story.

Thanks to the NBA star, and to all of the regular people who took the time to support other people in need. I have been telling everyone what a great city this is, to have such beauty and such caring people.

Thank you.

Mary Scott, Boone, N.C.