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Caring Coworker and Friend

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233 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
120 449
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As I am going through a divorce and a difficult time as the divorce was finalized yesterday, my coworker gave me a hug and kind words that I didn't know I needed until I received them. Just his kindness in not knowing that I was in need of some comfort, was a caring touch that I was not expecting. He cared without me asking him to and encouraged me to keep looking forward, before he knew that I lacked all motivation to give up on a lot of things. The embrace of his hug was a fresh start of a new day, following one of the hardest days I've ever had.

Breaking the Remedial Math Barrier - Fast Forward Algebra

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371 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
1 059
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My name is Scott. I have taught developmental algebra at Jacksonville State University, AL for 15 years. Historically, MS100 has had very low passing rates and knocks many students out of completing their 4-yr degree. Jan brought NROC to JSU in 2012, and everything changed! She has been at the center of a cultural shift that links the Math Dept. and Learning Skills (where I teach) in the effort to smooth the transition from HS algebra to college algebra. Passing rates have shot up as a result. Jan has done this completely outside of her regular job requirements, just for the joy of seeing more students succeed. She truly represents the spirit of ac4p!

Louise

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150 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
4 569
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I was given my wristband by Scott Geller during his talk at ABAI in Chicago, I then brought the wrist band back with me to the UK. I am now wearing it and intend to spread the message of actively caring for people by passing my wrist band on when I see an act of kindness. The UK is currently very divided following the EU referendum, there has been a massive increase in racially motivated hate crime since the UK voted to leave the EU. Now is a time that the UK needs to actively care for each other to get us through this difficult time.
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Dr Scott Geller

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396 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
4 456
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The Baltimore Hokie Club was fortunate enough to have Dr Scott Geller as our guest speaker at our annual scholars dinner. His speech was focused on "Actively Caring for People." It's such a powerful and moving message that is being spread across the world.
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Activity Caring Project: WVU

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465 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
121 849
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ID #: 100311 PSYC 379 Section 1 Actively Caring Project 4/14/16 Date of the Story: 2/10/2016 Bracelet #: 121849 On a bitterly cold February afternoon, I was on my way to lunch with a friend when I had just happened to witness a small act of kindness. We had briefly stopped outside of the Mountainlair to talk to a friend near a man who had been attempting to give out, not sell, copies of the Qur’an, the Muslim bible. Being the bitter morning it was, students had no trouble overlooking the man as they scurried their way into the warm buildings. As we talked, a young student had approached the man, much to the man’s delight. The student said he would only take a Qur’an and listen to its teachings if he could buy the man a warm meal and coffee. I overheard the man protest, not wanting any charity, but the student insisted. As the conversation with my friends ended, we began to walk into the lair for rood ourselves. Once settled, I had noticed the man and the student sitting together a few tables down, sharing a warm meal together as they talked and talked. Seeing this made me smile, and I was very happy I kept ACP bracelet on hand in case I witnessed this type of situation on campus. I waited around a little while after lunch, waiting for the right time to approach the student. I had caught him just after the two said their goodbyes and commended him for doing such a nice thing for a stranger, explaining I had secretly been noting their interaction. He was surprised someone had noticed and waved it off as just something to brightened his day. I gave him the bracelet and explained where to go, what to do, and he had no problem accepting it. I think we both were excited to where it would end up.

Graduate School

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470 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
121 855
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I observed my girlfriend going out of her way to be extra kind to one of her classmates who had not been offered admission into a graduate program yet. She reassured her classmate that she still had a chance of getting into a program, and that she could get off the waitlist at WVU. She also told her that people who face challenges end up being stronger in the end. If she didn’t get in this time, she can take a year off and re-apply. During this year off she can focus on herself and improve her chances of getting into a program. I felt like this was a very nice thing for her to do.

Good Deeds Don't Go Unnoticed

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522 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
94 844
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It was Valentine's Day weekend in Morgantown, WV when I witnessed this heart felt act of kindness. My Boyfriend and I had decided to go to a local restaurant for brunch on High Street, a common street for homeless people of the city to reside. It was rather cold outside that day as well for snow had fallen earlier in the week. When we first arrived at the restaurant, we noticed a homeless man sitting on a stoop by our car. We smiled at him, but moved along as he seemed to be occupied. During brunch, my boyfriend had decided to order an extra entree to be taken out at the end of our meal. I thought nothing of it. However, when we were done eating at the restaurant and were walking back to our car, the act of kindness occurred. My boyfriend had really ordered the meal for the homeless man. He went over to him, gave him the food, and wished him a happy Valentine's Day. The man was extremely grateful. But then we noticed something else. The man also had a dog that he was hiding in his coat. With the act of kindness not stopping there, my boyfriend then decided to walk over to the pet store, grab a can of dog food, and bring it back to the man for the dog. The homeless man was in tears. That is the moment I knew to pass the wristband on.

As simple as a scantron

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681 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
120 715
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I currently work at the West Virginia University bookstore and there tends to be big rushes of college students who are getting scantrons for their exams many times throughout the week. During one of the rushes I had probably already rang up around 10 to 15 students, getting one scantron each. This guy came up to the register and bought his scantron, and then proceeded to give me a dollar to pay for the next persons scantron. The person behind him was surprised that someone would do that, and was very appreciative for something that small. She even said that it had made her day. I thought it was only appropriate to give him the wristband as he showed someone a small act of kindness.

Beauty On the Inside

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594 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
120 719
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For our sorority, we recently had a date party, and usually everyone invites their crushes to join them for a good night out. Girls will spend hours trying on dresses just to find the right one just so they can look stunning for their dates. We spend hours doing our hair and makeup, and going out of our way to feel really pretty for the night. At first, Jess came to Olivia’s house, and mentioned how she did not like her dress, but didn’t have time to go out and buy one. Olivia was nice enough to let her borrow one of her spare ones in her closest. When we met our dates at our friend’s house, Olivia noticed Jess wasn’t having a good time, and kept her sweatshirt on the entire time while everyone was caught up having fun dancing with his or her dates, taking pictures, and enjoying their night. I have to say; I did not even notice Jess sitting on the couch with her sweatshirt on feeling self-conscious. Olivia took her right upstairs and helped her find another dress that made her feel pretty and less self-conscious. You could tell Jess was so thankful to have Olivia there for her while all her other sisters were focusing on themselves. Nobody should ever have to feel self-conscious, especially when they are with someone they asked out on a date. I gave the bracelet to Olivia and told her she was so kind to go out of her way to take time out of her night to help Jess get ready all over, and over again just so she could feel better about herself. Olivia could have been with her date, and other sisters having a good time, but she decided to turn Jess’ night around so it could be just as special. Olivia was more focused on making sure Jess felt good about herself instead of worrying if she was having fun or not. It was sad to see how we were all so oblivious, and caught up in ourselves, to not see our own sorority sister upset with the way she looked. Because of Olivia, Jess had a great night that she will always remember. Olivia helped her feel better about herself on the inside, and to me that is the true definition of sisterhood and a great friend.

Hunter Sodaro

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428 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
120 717
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On the first meeting of my evening class I noticed that one of my old roommates was sitting at the top of the lecture hall who I hadn't spoken to in a long time. I ran up excited to see her and catch up when she looked at me with a face of panic. She told me that an elderly man she had been visiting in a nearby nursing home for a story for her journalism class had contacted her in a panic about the staff being unfriendly to him. He was scheduled to receive a procedure he was unsure about and since he had no family in the area, she was the one he was turning to. Of course, since it was the first night of class my old friend was reluctant to leave and miss the lecture but I could tell that it was killing her inside not being able to go and be there for him. I ensured her that I would give her my notes and let her know of absolutely anything that was covered so that she would feel more comfortable with leaving. She thanked me a million times and then ran out the door to go be with the man. At the next class meeting she shared with me how scared he was and how she had decided to go and visit him on a weekly basis even though she was finished writing her story. This in my opinion is an extreme act of kindness that goes completely above and beyond what a normal person would do for someone they met only though a class for school. Because of her kindness, someone who felt alone in the world now has someone he can turn to when he needs a helping hand or just a friendly face to talk to.

Paying it Forward

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710 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
121 860
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It was just a few days after Valentine's Day as people were recovering from the "lovey dovey" emotions and maybe recovering their wallets from that romantic dinner for two. I was at work, and the shift began like any other day. It got set off when an elderly woman came up to the window and paid not only for her meal, but for the meals of FOUR cars behind her. One of those orders being 27$. She spent about 100$ at a Chick-Fil-A on a semi-sunny day. It stuck out to me when I explained actively caring to her that she said "I am truly surprised. Back in my day we took the time to hold doors and just be kind. Kids these days lack that respect." The story got much better when the next to last car she paid for had forgotten her card and thought she wouldn't get her food. She was pleasantly surprised when I told her that her meal was already paid for. The trend continued for a few more cars when the next car paid for the food of the people behind her. I'm glad to see that good people are still in the world. It's not something you see every day.

Study Abroad

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690 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
120 574
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I received this wristband from Professor Geller when I went to speak to his class today about the study abroad opportunity that is offered by the Pamplin business school at Virginia Tech. You get the opportunity to actively care about someone by working with NGO's when you travel to either Rwanda, Kenya or Ethiopia for either 5 weeks on the fall trip, or 2 weeks on the spring trip.

Lost in Madison

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881 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
120 080
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I received my AC4P bracelet from Scott Geller at the National Safety Congress in Atlanta, GA after attending one of his sessions. I love the concept and have been watching for an opportunity to pass it on. Then, at 1:30 am on Sunday morning, October 4th, I was awakened by my cell phone ringing. I jolted up and cleared my head to answer it. It was a young woman asking me if I was Vicki. Once I said yes, she proceeded to hand the phone to my son. He said that his phone was dead, he was lost in Madison, Wisconsin after driving there from Iowa for a football game and did not know how to get back to where his friends were. He told me that a nice woman was letting him use her phone and wasn't sure what to do next. He had been partying after the game and was under the influence which raised my concern. I did not know how to help him. At one point, Lily came back on the phone and assured me that she would help. I shared that I just wanted to make sure that he got somewhere safe for the night. She said that she would take care of it and help him. I thanked her profusely and she hung up. My son called me about a hour later to tell me that he was safe and back with his friends. Needless to say, I was relieved and grateful for the kindness of a stranger helping out another person in need. Lily did not have to do that but chose to go above and beyond and care for another. I texted her the next day and asked for her name and address so I could send her the AC4P bracelet. She doesn't know exactly what she is getting but I told her she would enjoy it!

Relay for Lige

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967 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
105 250
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Dr. Scott Geller gave me a wristband after I spoke with him at the Relay for Life event at Virginia Tech. He gave a Wristband to me and many other Hokies due to our caring nature and overall care for those fighting and surviving cancer through the Relay for Life event.
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