When I was about 20, I went to New York to meet a friend who was already in America on a longer road trip. My flight arrived at 11pm, but she wasn’t arriving until the next day and we had arranged to meet at the hostel.
I got a taxi from the airport, but the driver dropped me off in a wrong place and quickly drove off. Alone in a strange city (pre-google maps!), I wandered looking for someone to ask for directions or help, but was in an industrial area and there was no one around and nothing open.
Eventually, I saw a young woman with shopping bags. I walked over to ask for directions. She had never heard of the place I was staying, but offered to take me to her home and look it up on her computer for me. It turned out I was about 45 minutes away!
I needed to get a bus to the nearest underground station and a train from there. Not only did she give me a safe place to stop and find the directions to my destination, she also gave me money for the bus as I didn’t have any US change.
Been car sitting for a friend regularly for free. But I’ve practically no income at the moment. She very kindly now pays me £5 a day, which is a life line to me. Thank you.
On her 50th birthday, my daughter was diagnosed with kidney failure and needed a transplant.
An acquaintance, Adam, upon hearing her story, went to a pharmacy to buy a kit to help find his blood group. He was compatible. The transplant happened in London. Both are very well.
It was my birthday a few years back and I went into a bookstore with some gift voucher and purchased a book on Daily Angel Affirmations. When I got home I found tucked inside the book on envelope, which had a hand written message on it. ‘Use this to do something nice’. Inside the envelope was a £5 note.
I realised this was not to do with the book and that a stranger had placed this in there.
We told our friends that we had decided to use it to buy food for the local food bank. My husband and I added our own £5 and two friends decided they also wanted to add £5 each. We ended up with £20 to buy goods for the food bank and to help a few more people, all because of one person 🙂
While traveling in Chiapas, Mexico, we had dinner at a woman’s home. She was only supposed to give us a home cooked meal, which was already very kind as she was inviting us into her house. However, once she saw how dirty and wet our clothes were, she also let us change in one of her rooms. I thought it was extremely kind, considering she didn’t really owe us anything.
Having moved into a new house about 48 hours before I had my son, I was wandering around our new village with the pram for the first time. A lady saw me go around for about the third time and came out to say hello. She walked with us, introducing us to others as we went by, and then invited us in for a cup of tea.