Stairs and Stares

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Wristband number: 
6 090
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Anyone who lives, have lived, or knows anything about Morgantown, West Virginia knows that everywhere you turn there is another hill or staircase. On top of the constant slopes around the town is the weather that accompanies it--hard winters, heavy winds, and lots of rain. It's perfect. On this particular evening, a mix of rain and snow and just a little bit of hail was falling from the sky. This winter-y mix created a layer of glass over the ground which ultimately turned walking into ice skating. For some reason, I was in quite a hurry to get home and either I forgot about the ice under my feet or I pretended not to notice. As I was walking down a set of long, twisting stairs that litter the West Virginia University campus, I took a heavy step and my feet slipped right out from under me. Now, it's pretty typical to try to catch yourself as you fall--a sort of reflex--but as I attempted to put my hands behind me to brace my fall, they too slipped and I landed. Hard. in a puddle of icy water at the base of the stair case. On a campus of 30,000 you become accustom to people constantly being around even when it's late at night. After I recovered from my fall, making sure nothing was broken or badly bruised, I felt embarrassment wash over me. However, as soon as the embarrassment landed, so did a voice saying, "Holy sh*t, are you okay?" Immediately after I heard the voice, I felt two hands on my shoulders helping me to stand back up. Embarrassed and a little shaken, I replied that I was fine and looked around for my stuff. Unfortunately... the bag that I typically carry on my shoulder had become displaced in the fall and my stuff was scattered all around the base of the stairs. I went to grab the closest item to my feet--a notebook that was now covered in rain water-- and saw that the guy who'd helped me up had already grabbed that and a few others. That evening, he helped me collect all my items, check to make sure I was okay 10 more times, and walked home with me. In a situation like this one, where an embarrassing and slightly painful situation occurs in a public place, it is nice to know you are not alone-- it is nice to know someone cares. On the way home, I rolled up my sleeve to reveal the green band. I slipped it off my wrist and handed it to the boy as we walked. He laughed and showed me a similar bracelet he already had on his wrist and explained how he earned it. I guess this boy has a lot of good in him, but I'm thankful he was around to help me up that day.

Pastor John

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Wristband number: 
6 044
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On Saturday, April 1st I met Leah, a student at West Virginia University, at the Sheetz gas station in Morgantown. I was there waiting to use the air pump to fill up my daughter's tires for her car while she was in class so that she would be able to drive it without a problem later that day. While I was waiting for the pump I sat behind a car with a young woman attempting to use the air pump to gauge her tire pressure and she looked frazzled. After a few moments passed she came up to my window, that was already rolled down, and asked if I knew how to use the machine properly. I was second away from getting out to offer help anyways so I immediately got out and gave her assistance. She was unable to figure out which tire was low so I checked all of them for her while engaging in conversation. I informed her that I was a pastor in the area to which she told me that her father back home was also one. With that in common, we began discussing her schooling and what major she was involved in and she told me that after graduating with her bachelors in Psychology she wanted to get a teaching certificate to teach elementary students. I thought this was wonderful and asked how she knew she wanted to work with kids. I soon found out that she had been a Sunday school teacher for seven years prior and that she missed being in that line of work. Because I work at a church currently and she seemed like such a kind young woman, I told her that she could get in touch with me and possible start teaching Sunday school over at our church here. After I offered her this and finished filling her tires she told me how much she appreciated me and how kind I was. Leah said that I reminded her a lot of her dad back home and she was so glad there was people who still helped others out of the good of their heart. After telling me this she went to car and got a wrist band and explained that she was supposed to give it to someone who did something kind for someone else. I was extremely flattered that she was so touched from our interaction and made sure to enter our story to explain how special it was to me as well. Given the great experience I had with Leah as a result of this project; I am excited to pass it on.

Giving Food to a Homeless Man

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Wristband number: 
90 591
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Last week I was driving around with my friend on an unexpectedly cold day. We drove down a very popular street in Morgantown, WV where it is not uncommon to see homeless people sitting on the curb or in a doorway. It was probably less than 30 degrees outside and was snowing that really wet, icy snow. There was a man huddled all alone beside one of the buildings. Growing up, my family always helped people by giving a couple extra dollars or some food, but I find it rare that college students ever do that. As we drove by, my friend noticed the man, and a couple seconds after we had passed, asked if we could turn around and go to Panera Bread. My friend went inside, ordered some nice warm food, and walked it over to the man. I was watching from my car window, and the joy and gratefulness that poured out of that man was priceless.

Helping Hand

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Wristband number: 
82 211
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I was at Kroger picking up my medicine prescription when I witnessed an act of kindness. While standing in line, I noticed an elderly lady that had just checked out was pushing her grocery cart full. She was by herself and going very slow to make it to her car. All of a sudden, I see a young man approach the elderly woman and ask if she wanted assistance loading her grocery bags into the car. The woman's face lit up, as she was very appreciative of his offer. I stood by my car and watched this encounter until the end. I knew I had no choice other than to give this man my actively caring bracelet for his act of kindness. I told him I was given a class project and he gave me the perfect opportunity to share my bracelet. I also told him to watch for other acts of kindness so that he could pass the bracelet on.

Morgan Greenhalgh's Actively Caring Summary

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Wristband number: 
90 600
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My story starts with my best friend Maddy. At the University I attend, my friend Maddy is an education major and this year she started teaching high school students. Previously, she had taught middle school students and absolutely loved it and I knew not only were high school students more difficult, but she would have to completely change her teaching style. However, within a few weeks of teaching these students, she found that she loved teaching high school history classes and loved her new students. The reason why I decided to give my bracelet to Maddy was because one day, when her and I were hanging out and talking, she told me about how she was talking to her students and was giving them advice about college and graduate schools and inspiring them to pursue their passions in life. In addition, she would attend school games and outside activities to support her students. I then realized that compared to the other people I knew who were education majors, Maddy truly goes above and beyond for her students. Sure the other education majors like doing what they do and care about their students, but Maddy makes her major her life and truly cares about the well-being and success of her students. That is why I decided to give my bracelet to her and for her to pass on.

Date night

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Wristband number: 
6 045
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Dinner, for most of us dinner is just another meal. For most of us skipping dinner is an abnormality, for myself I haven’t skipped a dinner in over 5 months. I have a fridge full of food a cabinet stuffed to capacity and most of the time I still find myself staring into the gaping whole that is my cupboard looking for something to eat. Just today I threw out an entire tub of salsa because the taste wasn't to my liking, the entire thing went to waste. The idea behind all of this is that most of us just live life eating without thinking what it would be like if we didn't have that luxury. Every few weeks my girlfriend and I have a reefed day, as ketogenic dieters we stay away from carbs but every 2 weeks we treat ourselves to whatever we want. On this occasion we decided to head downtown to get some pizza down by the water. There was very little parking by the restaurant so we decided to park 10 or so minutes away, we figured the walk would help loosen all the pizza up after we ate. An hour and several large pizzas later we attempted to stand up and walk back to the car. We finished off a large portion of the food but we ended up having 4-5 slices left that we couldn't waste so we decided to take them home. On the way home we passed a man on the street on the verge of falling asleep when out of nowhere my girlfriend tapped him on the shoulder and offered him the extra slices of pizza that he had. He happily accepted as a smile grew across his face. This very simple gesture is something everyone could do on a daily basis, we all have enough food in our homes to give to those in need if we really wanted to. I myself didn't even think of giving the food away even though I knew we wouldn't eat the pizza the next day. When we got home I immediately gave her the bracelet and told her to pass it on the next time she saw an act of kindness that struck her. By thinking of others she made someone else’s day that probably hasn't had a full meal in over a week. The kindness she exhibited is something more of us need to emulate.
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Drunk Savior

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Wristband number: 
6 048
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I went to visit my brother for the weekend & was staying with him. My brother, his friends & I went out to a bar on Saturday night. We were all drinking & women none of us knew was intoxicated that was clearly above her limit. My brother's roommate found out her name & where she lived so that he could help her home because it was only a couple of blocks from the bar we were at. Though she could not walk very well, he carried her home & we all accompanied him just incase he needed help. I did not have my bracelet on me at the time, but when we got back to my brothers house, I gave my brother's roommate the bracelet for going above & beyond for someone he did not even know.

Night Out

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Wristband number: 
94 843
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I work as a bartender at JWthirty's in downtown morgantown. It was over the weekend so there was still a few people at the bar drinking. A few of the bartenders and I take notice of a girl outside walking back from the bars with two boys. All three happen to stop into our bar, because I guess the girl had to use the bathroom. We don't really pay attention for too long so we get back to serving the rest of the people at the bar. The girl walks out of the bathroom clearly intoxicated, with her pants down to her ankles. She had no idea where she was or how she got there. One of the servers ran over to the girl and tried to help her put her pants back up to her waist. As she lead the young girl into the bathroom we called 911 behind the bar. The two boys ditched the girl; i guess their plan with her didn't go the way they wanted to and thank god it didn't. This girl was only 17 years old, she was drugged and manipulated into a situation she never intended to be in. I gave my bracelet to the server at the bar. Without her taking notice of the girl coming out of the bathroom and immediately running to her rescue the girl could have hurt herself or exposed herself even further.

Out of Meal Swipes

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Wristband number: 
121 867
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I was at the Mountain Lair (the main food court) and was in line at Chik-fil-a. I was a few people back and one of the people up at the counter was ordering. When it came time to pay, his card got declined and he was told he was out of meal swipes. After a minute or two of trying to pull out his wallet and trying to find cash unsuccessfully, the girl behind him stepped up and gave him one of her meal swipes.

Act of kindness

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25 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
94 847
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I just got out of class and was walking to my other class, through campus. I was about to walk into the building and I was about 20 feet away when I saw an UPS guy with a dolly full of packages approach the door. At that time, a young man ran up and held the door open for the UPS guy to get in with his packages. I knew the UPS guy really appreciated it, because he would have had a hard time getting in by himself, with all those packages. The UPS guy thanked him and I walked up to him and handed him a wrist band and told him thanks for actively caring. He smiled and told me it was his pleasure. We also begin to talk that the world has changed and people do not care like they used to. I told him to pass the bracelet on to someone else when he sees someone actively caring. He ensured me he would. I also explained that he could register the band and then see where it ends up if everyone who gets it registers it. I am anxious to see where the bracelet ends up and I am happy that I can spread the word about actively caring in some way.
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Caring Coworker and Friend

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107 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.

Activley Caring Project

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Wristband number: 
121 882
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The day after Easter my friends and I went to see a circus in Wheeling, WV. After the show we witnessed a couple, with four children, experiencing car trouble. The family's vehicle had a dead battery, so we can found jumper cables. Soon the family was on their way , and was very grateful for our help. I gave the bracelet to my friend, that was driving the car and decided to stop.

Post-Party Savior

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293 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
121 892
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It was the weekend before St. Patrick's Day, and to no surprise, university-wide day drinking was in full force (for the record, I am 21). The day turned to night, and hours of copious drinking began taking it's toll on many. One of which may not have made it to Saturday if it weren't for a young girl named Haylee. Prior to his move to the U.S., Arthur was an African prince, who, on this Friday night, had drake himself to near incapacitation. Haylee found him lying on the ground (it was maybe 40 degrees out, if that), foaming from the mouth, barely able to speak. Haylee was able to figure out where his dormitory was, and carried him off the street to warmth and safety before calling an ambulance. WVU recently adopted a policy that ensures that students who have ingested too much alcohol, and any affiliates will not get in any academic or legal trouble if they immediately contact law enforcement. Haylee certainly may have saved a life that night.

Helping in the snow

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256 users have voted.
Wristband number: 
121 859
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I noticed a car struggling to get up my street due to the snow and ice on the road after Winter Storm Jonas and saw someone leave their house to go out to help the car. I was still in my snow boots after just getting in from being out in the snow, so I also decided to go help. Together we managed to get the car up to flat ground, where he thanked us and continued to drive the rest of the way to his driveway. I gave my wristband to the guy who helped the next time I saw him because I felt like he deserved it for going out of his way in the cold to help a person he didn't know.