1) "Traveling with the Angels"
(Part II of Atira in Egypt)
2) The Dish on Soap
3) Cincinatii Radio
4) The Teens Courage to Give
Traveling With Angels
Author: Atira, Seattle WA
Most people think TWA stands
for Trans World Airlines but it
really stands for Travel With Angels!
Last year on book tour with Mary Ellen,
when we stayed at hotels, we saved
the hotel soaps and shampoos so I
could take them to Egypt.
We collected a large quantity of
them so before leaving on business
to Egypt I sat down and created child
care packages which consisted of a
zip lock baggy, soaps, shampoos,
sparkly pencil, a small toy, and some
candy/gum, a grand total of 22 bags.
I then handed these gift bags out to
children I found on the streets of Cairo.
While I sat in a Cairo shop waiting
for some of my goods to be finished,
I met two flight attendants from TWA.
Being Americans, we started talking
about how we could help and effect
changes in Egypt, as the poverty level
is so unimaginable with a population
of over 26 million in Cairo alone.
As we were talking, I reached into my
carry bag and showed them one of
my care packages created in Seattle
for the Cairo street children.
Anne exclaimed, "Oh my gosh!
What a great idea! The flight crews
spend a lot of time in hotels and it
would be easy for us to start saving
soaps and shampoos and create these
little bags that would mean so much
to some small child."
So, in that moment the world was
changed by sharing.
The two flight attendants could not wait
to get back to their hotel to share the
idea with the other crew members.
Anne said TWA flies three times a
week to Egypt with a crew of 6-8.
If each crew member starts making
care packages and passes the idea
and their packages onto the next
crew members ...how many more
children would be touched by this
simple and inexpensive act of
I have to say the care packages are
more for me than the children that
receive them. Knowing this may be
the only time they are given a toy in
their life to call their own, it is so rewarding
to see the joy in their little faces.
To them the pencil is a great gift as
it enables them a chance to learn to
write. A much needed step in
For the poor the choice between
feeding themselves and buying a
pencil is a big choice and food
My belief is Kindness. By the simple act of being brave
enough to share my belief and
idea with thef light attendants, three
times the number of children will
now be touched.
We all make a difference and when
you hand out your first bag you are
hooked. When that little face turns
up with those big eyes filled with
so much joy...your heart expands
To read the first story of Atira's
"THE BEST TRADE I EVER MADE"
(I have pictures of some of the children
Atira met in Egypt...will be posting to the
website in a week.)
"No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted."
~ Aesop ~
We had so much loving mail in
support of Atira's work....here is
a note from her to you.
It would be wonderful to have your support and help.... and goodies.
It means so much to the street children, and it also a great scout project as it
teaches them to help others.
It is also a good idea to do for the
children in your town who are homeless.
There is a woman in the Disney
to whom we send our Disney soaps
She uses them when she creates
bags for cancer patients in pediatric
The children of the world teach us in many ways.
Peek at this gorgeous main
Web page created by an inspired
13 year old. Stephanie is an
amazing writer! Stephanie has her own Newsletter, web site and 2 Yahoo clubs.
The Teens Courage to Give
Author Jackie Waldman
Jackie was on OPRAH this month
with some of the amazing teens from
Jon Wagner-Holtz, a teen, set up a
hotline when he was nine years old,
for kids whose parents have cancer.
Jon has an amazing story in THE
TEENS COURAGE TO GIVE and so
do 29 other inspiring teens.