My 19-year-old daughter Carmen is doing a work practice at Amsterdam airport. She does check-in and boarding of the Easyjet flights. She was working the evening shift this week and a few days ago she rang me up from work with an unusual request: 'Mum, can I bring a stranded passenger home for the night?' What had happened was that this young lady had made a wrong booking. She had come over to the Netherlands to surprise her boyfriend, who had been travelling through Europe. The couple had spent two nights in Amsterdam and were supposed to fly back together. At check-in they realized that the booking the girl had made was for next week. Unfortunately the flight was full and it was the last flight of the day, so the girl had to wait until the next day to fly home. While her boyfriend got on the plane she was left on her own. She didn't have money for a hotel and was very upset and crying. Carmen took pity on her and that's when she decided to ring home and see if we could put her up for the night. My husband and I decided it was okay so I made up a bed and we gave the young lady a place to spend the night. Some of Carmen's colleagues couldn't understand that she did this, but I am proud of her for listening to her heart and helping a fellow human being. It wasn't difficult and it didn't cost much but it was so much appreciated by this young lady.
P.S. For those of you who don't know me yet: I have been part of the 29 gifts community for just over a year now. I haven't done any 'official' rounds for a while but giving has become part of my life and it has given me so much in the way of beautiful experiences. The stories on this website often move me and inspire me and that's why I regularly log in to read some posts. Let's keep inspiring each other and grow this giving community. A good day to all of you!