a recent newsletter item we asked Journeywoman readers to tell us
about the good deeds that they've done on the road. As usual we
were encouraged by the responses we received. We heard about everything
from volunteering at orphanages, to helping little old ladies cross
the street to saving a woman from her angry partner. While we couldn't
include every one of the submissions we received in this article,
we send our kudos to each and every woman who helped someone in
need somewhere around the world. I'm sure that once you read a sampling
of the stories we received you'll agree that JourneyWomen are truly
a wonderful group of women with great big hearts!
helped in an orphanage...
We were in Hoi An Vietnam for Vietnamese New Year and bought
a ton of stuff to do complete pedicures (basins, cloths, nail
polish, files etc...) and took it all to the teenage girls
at the orphanage. We hung out and painted nails then left
them all the supplies for them to enjoy to enjoy. Hoi An Orphanage
is at 104 Nguyen Trung To Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam,
Shelly, Castlegar, Canada
helped someone with car trouble...
My good deed was in Mexico. My daughter and I were traveling
by car from California to the furtherest tip of Baja, Cabo
San Lucas. In the middle of the open desert, we came upon
a young Canadian couple with a child who were also traveling
and had car trouble. Their car just so happened to be the
same make and model as our vehicle. It turned out their distributor
cap had gone bad or become damaged from the rough roads. We
had an extra with us (we are well prepared Journey Women)
and had them back on the road within five minutes! There was
no town or village for about 40 miles in any direction so
it was a real lucky chance that we happened upon them at that
exact time. We have performed many good deeds while traveling
but that particular story is my favorite because it just seemed
so strange that they had the same make and model car and that
we just so happened to have an extra distributor cap. P.S.
I just love your JW website and the wealth of knowledge it
provides. It has been a treasure trove of information while
planning trips. Thanks so much.
Dawnene, New Orleans, USA
I helped someone
who was robbed in Spain...
We have a Thursday night tapas reception in Madrid for all
volunteers. After tapas, a few of us decided to take the metro
to the center and continue our conversations. I know well
that the Madrid metro is a place to be acutely aware of pickpockets
however it was a first visit for one woman in our group. As
she was standing and reading a guidebook her passport, Euros
and credit cards were stolen from her fanny pack. I felt so
sorry that I had not been watching for her safety more closely!
I decided to take her to a nice hotel in the area as they
surely had experience with a loss of passport and who to call
to cancel her cards. It took a few hours to resolve, the Hotel
Opera was extremely helpful. We waited by her side and chipped
in Euros for her immediate needs and were happy to be of help.
Catherine, Olympia, USA
I helped with
While visiting St. John's Newfoundland, I helped a family
from France who needed directions. They were struggling in
English. I helped them in French and welcomed them to Canada.
Margaret, Montreal, Canada
I paid someone's
My story is not a monumental example of helping another but
it somehow sticks in my mind. I was on a shuttle from JFK
airport to Manhattan. It was evening and a lady boarded the
bus. She was from Canada and tried to pay with Canadian currency
but the bus driver would not accept it. She seemed distraught
and it was late. I said, "let me pay your fare".
She was really grateful and asked me to write my address so
she could repay me. It wasn't much money and I didn't really
expect to hear from her again. However, several weeks later
I received an envelope with a cashier's check for the amount.
It made me feel really great that she was kind enough to take
the trouble to repay me. The funny part was the sum was so
small; about ten dollars (and was in Canadian currency) that
the bank would have charged me more to cash the check than
the amount of the check. I held on to the envelope and check
for years as a reminder that we should trust strangers sometimes
but not expect anything in return for a kindness. I always
hoped someone else would do the same for me if I found myself
in a similar situation.
Jamie, Phoenix, USA
I sent a bass
guitar to Cuba...
While on vacation in Cuba three years ago, my husband and
I became friendly with the stand-up bass player who played
regularly with his group at the hotel where we were staying.
Before leaving to come back to Canada, they presented us with
a hand carved miniture stand-up bass. We gave each member
of the group the remaining pesos we had; they were very grateful.
When we got home, my husband went out and bought a bass guitar.
An aquaintance of his, who works in Cuba for a Canadian company
took it back to Cuba with him and surprised our musician friend
with our gift. It felt good to give our friend something that
he would never be able to afford on his own and he was overjoyed!
Janice, Cambridge, Canada
I supply free
I'm a retired children's librarian. When I travel I pack a
dozen or so new children's paperback books in my bag. I've
given them to kids, parents, grandparents in schools, shops,
restaurants, and even on the street. In Mexico, Peru, and
Ecuador, I took books in Spanish and left them for the housekeeping
staff (along with a tip.)
Lynn, Tulsa, USA
I made people
laugh at the airport...
I believe little actions make a difference. I was at an airport
amongst a goodly number of people whose luggage did not come
down the carousel. Of course many people were very agitated
and were taking their frustrations out on the poor person
at the counter. All I did was step up and started to make
light of the situation and started joking around and speaking
to people and getting them to laugh. I do volunteer work at
a local hospital as a care clown and find that laughter is
a very effective tool to make people forget their troubles
or make light of them. As they say, it wasn't a major deed
but it really did seem to diffuse what I thought was becoming
a nasty situation.
Marion, Digby, Canada
offerred duct tape...
My Good Deed happened while standing in line at Tom Bradley
International Airport on my way to Japan via Taiwan. It was
late at night and very hectic. In front of me stood a Taiwanese
family with lots of big bags and several little children.
They definitely had their hands full. For no apparent reason,
one of their suitcases broke and popped open. I offered a
pencil wrapped with duct tape. I've carried this same pencil
on many trips and have never had a reason to use it. There
was plenty of tape to tape up their suitcase. We exchanged
no words, just quiet smiles. It was a touching moment. I now
have a new pencil wrapped with plenty of duct tape (as well
as lots of dental floss) ready to help out the next fellow
Christina, Texas, USA