Sara Jimno still doesn't think what she did was a big deal. But friends, family, co-workers and more than 1,000 Facebook folks disagree.
What Jimno did was help guide a worried father-to-be -- and his very-in-labor wife -- to the hospital.
An Antioch resident, Jimno was picking up her children from Sutter Elementary on Jan. 11.
The name Sutter is where the story actually begins, because that's how the new-to-the-area couple ended up near Jimno's car.
They got directions to the school but actually needed the route to Sutter Delta Medical Center on nearby Lone Tree Way.
The worried father jumped out of his car amid school traffic and coincidentally asked Jimno where the hospital -- not the school -- was located.
Without giving it much thought, Jimno asked the couple to follow her to Sutter, where she just happens to work in the Women's Health Center.
Jimno called the center to warn them of the upcoming arrival.
"I guided them to labor and delivery," she said. "About a half hour later, (they) had a healthy baby girl." The grateful father later left Jimno a delightful thank you note.
"It was so nice," she said. "But I still didn't feel like I stepped outside the box. It felt natural."
The next day, the father went to Jimno's department to sign the birth certificate, saw her and teared up.
"He asked 'How do I pay you?'," said the five-year employee. "It was sweet." And, about those 1,000-plus fans on Facebook? "Well, it's very heart-warming," Jimno said humbly.
HEARTFELT WISHES: The 11th Annual Heart to Heart Ball is set for 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch.
Hosted by the Elderly Wish Foundation, this year's theme is Sea of Wishes and will, once again, benefit the foundation.
Tickets are $60 and cocktail attire is suggested for the event featuring live music and silent and live auctions. Seating is limited, and early reservations are recommended. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The group hopes to gather sponsorships for this major fundraiser of $1,000, $500, $300 and $150. Donations of gift baskets or services are also appreciated.
The Wish foundation "makes wishes come true" for local seniors with failing health.
DONORS BEWARE: Apparently, there are some sneaky folks out there passing themselves off as do-gooders.
There have been reports of "fraudulent people going door-to-door seeking to collect donations" for Shepherd's Gate, a representative of the charitable organization wrote.
The Brentwood group, founded in 1984, has offered services and helped find housing for more than 10,000 battered and homeless women and children.
The good people at Shepherd's Gate emphasized it "does not send out people to solicit donations door-to-door ever." For more information and how to help this local organization, visit www.shepherdsgate.org.
Contact Trine Gallegos at firstname.lastname@example.org.