How did you help someone today?

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  1. Siusane al'Cuyler

    Siusane al'Cuyler Aes Sedai Servant of All Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    Post here to share when you do something to help others! Did it go well? Did you learn something from it?

    To highlight some things our members do, one of you will be “caught in the act!” Or, in other words, someone serving others will be randomly chosen from this thread once a month, and and will be mentioned in the Tar Valon Times (if you would like that).

    (You can be selected more than once, but if picked already, you won’t be in the drawing again until six months later.)
     
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  2. Kyla Sterling

    Kyla Sterling Evil Overlord / TVT Assistant Editor Aes Sedai TVT Editor

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    Today I did my annual donations to the Grotto Humanitarian Foundation - they cover the cost of dental services for special-needs children. It sounds kind of random, but when you really think about how harrowing a dentist visit could be for a child who is non-verbal, or the special accommodations needed for some kids who are wheelchair bound, etc. etc. etc.... The costs add up quickly, and the Humanitarian Foundation is there to help.

    Their website is http://www.hfgrotto.org, if anybody is interested in learning about them.
     
  3. Dnae Ila

    Dnae Ila Gaidin

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    Today I'm going to an annual community cleanup event where people just walk around town picking up trash and weeds and things. I went last year with my church and it was actually a lot of fun! Plus, free coffee, hotdogs, and tshirts! I'll let you know any highlights after.

    Update: So it was pretty fun. Our assigned area went past a very small creek - more of a rivulet, really - that had a lot of trash thrown in it, so we got a lot of stuff cleaned up there. And the rain held off until we got back to the meeting place for lunch.
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    Here I am, all ready to work! No, I'm not ready to punch someone or going all Rosie the Riveter. I've got my hand on the handle of a shovel.
    (I had to crop the picture way down, because there were a lot of kids in it, and I don't think their parents would be comfortable with me posting their pictures online to people they don't know.)
     
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  4. Rhed al'Tere

    Rhed al'Tere Mother Amyrlin Seat

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    This weekend I took a lot of stuff to donate. Two bags of fabric went to a local nonprofit craft supply store that has programs to support art and re-use in the community. Two bags of *stuff* went to the thrift store, plus a bag of fabric scraps that the craft store wouldn't take but were still useable. And, finally, about 6 plastic shopping bags plus one small moving box of books went to the library for their Friends of the Library program.
     
  5. Ealandrelle Melyma

    Ealandrelle Melyma Aes Sedai

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    I went out of my way to drive a work colleague home. He'd ridden his bicycle in that morning, but by evening it was peeing down with rain, and we were late away anyway because of an emergency admission. I know it seems like a small thing, but one of the reasons I did it was that before I could drive, people were very generous with their time giving me lifts places. He got home dry, it just cost me time, and I feel like I was paying forward the goodwill people had shown me.
     
  6. Hilwa Katir

    Hilwa Katir Aes Sedai

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    I helped my niece fix her registration program for her LAX camp this summer
     
  7. Alyccea Nymaessene

    Alyccea Nymaessene Aes Sedai

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    I'm the same - I bought my first car less than a year ago, and I have many many years' worth of toh to pay back (and/or forward)! So I definitely try to offer lifts when I can, even if they're out of my way.
     
  8. Ealandrelle Melyma

    Ealandrelle Melyma Aes Sedai

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    :fistbump I love your use of the word toh - it fits nicely :D
     
  9. Laithean Cor'dazar

    Laithean Cor'dazar Aes Sedai Community Care Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    Sunday I gave a ride to one of the Elderly ladies at my church. She is 90 years old and still gets herself around, but is unable to drive anymore. She is such a darling and we chatted the whole way to her home. ^^
     
  10. Hilwa Katir

    Hilwa Katir Aes Sedai

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    Laithean, that is awesome!
     
  11. Laithean Cor'dazar

    Laithean Cor'dazar Aes Sedai Community Care Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    Her name is Margie, and the ladies at the church go once a week every week to have lunch with Margie at her assisted living home. She is just a sweet heart and continued to thank me for giving her a ride home. She could have waited for one of the other ladies to take her, but she was tired and just wanted to go home. I TOTALLY know that feeling! Love being able to help when I am feeling well :joy
     
  12. Hilwa Katir

    Hilwa Katir Aes Sedai

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    I get it! It makes you feel so good too.. I used to take the ladies all the time for Liturgy during Lent and during Bazaar week..they would not be able to go if I didn't and I worry so much now that I've moved..but Thankfully I have good friends..not even in my church that have taken up my slack..
     
  13. Siusane al'Cuyler

    Siusane al'Cuyler Aes Sedai Servant of All Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    we have our first Servant of the Month, for June! thank you to Eala for helping someone and for sharing what you did. something simple like giving another person a car ride can have a big impact on someone else. :joy
     
  14. Alyccea Nymaessene

    Alyccea Nymaessene Aes Sedai

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    There is an interview with Eala Sedai in the latest edition of the Tar Valon Times, if anybody is interested in reading it :D
     
  15. Adina al'Mari

    Adina al'Mari Aes Sedai

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    Yay Eala!
     
  16. Lyara Tieran

    Lyara Tieran Nurse Sedai, Knight of the Glitterati Aes Sedai

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    Yay Eala!

    So, my area has a LOT of homeless. It's known for having "generous people" in the area. This week I gave to a homeless vet, whom I have cared for at the hospital and know his story, not only some cash (which he cried at getting because he didn't remember me at the corner of the street instead of in hospital scrubs) but some sunscreen and bug spray, which also made him cry.

    And I did my semi-monthly drop of clothing at the goodwill store.
     
  17. Ninya Evoneigh

    Ninya Evoneigh Super Cool Kid Aes Sedai

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    I did not do this, but I witnessed it. :) Most of this happened in the time it takes for a red light to turn green...so maybe 45 seconds?

    I pulled up in the left turn lane of a very busy five lane street, and saw an elderly man with a walker standing on the opposite corner. He looked distressed, and was wiggling his walker back and forth. I realized the forward wheel of his walker had tipped off the curb, and I don't think he was able to take his weight off it enough to pull it up. Abruptly he sat down, and his walker fell into the street. He crawled after it, tipped it forward, and then seemed to get stuck- he just sat there in the street.

    Several cars drove by...one was very rude and honked! I was trying to figure out how I could get over there to help him when another car flipped on its blinkers and pulled over. A younger couple got out; the man went to help the older guy up, and the woman retrieved his walker from danger. I had to go then, so I didn't see anything else.

    About five minutes later (after I retrieved my son from daycare), the two people were still there talking to him; when the light turned green, they started helping him across the street.

    I thought it was really, really awesome that they stopped and helped him, and took their time to make sure he was okay. I don't see that kind of humanitarianism in action very often.
     
  18. Cahalan Sothron

    Cahalan Sothron Aes Sedai Head of the Blue Ajah

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    One of my best friends came home Monday after almost two weeks in the hospital. Our group are taking turns making dinner for her and her kids. Tonight it was my turn, and I was happy to help her out.
     
  19. Siusane al'Cuyler

    Siusane al'Cuyler Aes Sedai Servant of All Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    nice to read all this.

    Alyccea, thank you so much for the articles!! awesome.

    Lyara, that's touching! that makes me think of the homeless people I used to see regularly when I worked downtown. even when I didn't have something to give one, just treating someone like a person, like a fellow human being, goes a long way.
     
  20. Nyarin al'Batera

    Nyarin al'Batera Aes Sedai

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    Today I helped teach a couple of cousins in law all about tablet weaving and got them out of the grown ups hair for a couple of hours :)