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 December Charity Event: Giving Back

Discussion in 'Past Charity Medals' started by Riddle, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Riddle

    Riddle i wanna thrive not just survive Administrator

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    "Giving Back" Charity Event
    December 2019


    We here at Black Dahlia strive to make this a true community, and in doing so we typically have special edition medals available for purchase via a donation to a charity. However, we're going to change things up a bit this month:

    During the month of December, find a way to "give back" to your community and tell us about it! Whether it is volunteering at a local soup kitchen or donating to a food bank, we want to hear about how you do good in your local communities. In return, we will award you and one friend with the medal(s) of your choice.


    How To Participate
    1. Do something good in your community!
    2. Comment on this thread telling us about what you did and which medal you would like.
    3. Optional: tag one (1) friend using the @ function and let us know which medal you would like sent to them.
    Ideas For "Giving Back"
    • Volunteer at a local non-profit, school, or animal shelter.
    • Participate in a charity event at your workplace or university.
    • Arrange to visit your local senior center.
    • Collect donations for a canned food drive.
    • Help someone in your neighborhood by offering to shovel snow or rake leaves.


    You can find all of our available medals by clicking here. While we will try to award whichever medal(s) you request, please understand that a few (such as Warrior's Wings for those who have or are serving in the military) may not be available for this event.
     
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  2. NoVacancy

    NoVacancy Schemer Member

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    Ok, not sure if this counts as volunteering, but I am a devoted blood donor. Why so? I have good white blood cells, so I have been told by the old lady at our local Red Cross station. So she is either a blood thirsty vampire that enjoys tormenting me, or that is indeed the truth. Anyway, in order for you to understand the process of donating white cells, here it is:

    I get hooked to a machine, with needles in both of my arms. The blood is taken from one arm, goes through the machine that separates the white cells and collect them, then goes back into my amazing hard and muscular body through the other arm. The whole process takes about two, three hours time in which I cannot bend my arms. Is not really painful, but takes time and it kind of leaves me weak. But, the white cells are used for cancer patients, the radiation kills their cells, so I guess is just fair I spend three hours of my beautiful life in a chair if I can help someone feel a little better. Every six weeks or so.

    Of course I always hope in secret that the cancer patient is a hot lady and she will be cured and search for me in order to express her gratitude. In ways I won't write here right now.
    :grinning:


    What is even more rewarding is when the blood thirsty lady calls me. As she did today. They are in need of white cells again and last time I donate them was seven weeks ago. So I will write this post and later on drive there. And hope there is that beautiful brunette assistant, she likes to hold my hand for some strange reason. Or I am too stupid to understand her true motive.

    So this is my constant donation to the community. My blood. Or better said, my white cells. I also donate sperm, but not sure if that counts as volunteering. Is more like a hobby. :joy:

    As for medals, I think Kiss of the Vampire is suitable for me. In case you decide my crazy hobby saves lives. If not, and you are okay with cancer patients dying because they are too weak after a radiation treatment, I guess that is okay as well. :yum

    ~ Alex
     
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  3. DangerNoodle

    DangerNoodle ❆Festive Noodle Soup❆ Member

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    I decided this year I would give toys to children! So, I went to Walmart, bought some toys, and put it in the collecter thing they put in the entrance. So, that puts me on Santa's nice list this year, I think!

    I would love either 'The Beloved Rose Stamp' or 'The Fae Shroom' <3
     
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  4. Flannel King

    Flannel King 'Tis the wind and nothing more...' Member

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    I was auctioned off as naughty leather Santa for a bachelor/bachelorette auction last week to raise money for the local women's shelter and I bought a few people who went up on the block. Good times! next week we'll be hosting a silent auction/drag event to collect more donations for the shelter.
     
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  5. showmeyouloveme

    showmeyouloveme Wild Member Member

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    My building is next to an elementary school and they have families in need of help, especially during Christmas, so the company adopted five families and it was a total of 21 kids (with one family having a whopping 8 kids). We got cards about each kid that said their name, age, shoes and clothing size, favorite show, dream toy and all that good stuff. Our main goal was to check off everything off that list and then we could add to it if we wanted too. It was our third year and it was super successful with over 300 items being donated and delivered to the parents so they could treat their kids. It was so much fun giving back. I wish I could see their little faces on Christmas when they saw that Santa didn’t forget them.
     
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  6. Jen'jidai

    Jen'jidai Spellbound on Stolen Kisses Member

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    I do things like this almost all the time. When I can anyway. I went into McDonald's with my daughter. There was an older handicapped gentleman in front of me, he had some kind of mental disability and all he wanted was an ice cream cone but didn't have enough money. So I paid for it along with my own purchase and told the girl behind the counter to let him keep the change: which came out to be over $10. The smile on his face was worth it. Just that one little ice cream cone made his day.
     
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  7. Riddle

    Riddle i wanna thrive not just survive Administrator

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    @showmeyouloveme and @Jen'jidai - Aww, those are both awesome stories! Did you have specific medals you wanted for yourselves? You can also request one sent to a friend. ^-^

    "Doing good" is part of what we practice every day in my family. I was raised that volunteer work is part of building community, and I'm really proud to work for a company that makes it one of their core values. We had quite a few opportunities in December to "give back". I think my favorite was a Salvation Army "food bag" drive my son's boy scout troop hosts every year. We go door-to-door and hang a donation bag on each house, then return a week later to collect the donations. We did 1 side of 1 road and collected enough donations to fill the entire back of my SUV (with the third-row seating removed). It was awesome watching how excited my son was each time he saw a bag sitting on a porch step for him to collect. We also donated unwrapped gifts to a co-worker who was so busy volunteering during the month that she wasn't able to get gifts for her own family. Oh! We also went caroling at an assisted living facility and made some homemade ornaments for their tree.

    I don't need any medals but I would like to send A Surprise Squeak to @Aerilik because I confused us both the other day and still feel pretty bad about it.
     
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  8. Jen'jidai

    Jen'jidai Spellbound on Stolen Kisses Member

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    I'm not overly picky. But I do like either the Cherry Blossom or the Devilish Heart.
     
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  9. showmeyouloveme

    showmeyouloveme Wild Member Member

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    Surprise me
     
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  10. Whimsica

    Whimsica A Torrential Downpour Member

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    This past month I have been fairly busy trying to help my husbands family in terms of dealing with a multitude of things, including getting to see the somewhat estranged nieces and nephews on Christmas day which was said to be the only thing my mother in law wanted for the holidays. Helping out by taking care of our little adoptive brother, and trying to make the usually stressful holiday season a bit more bearable in the household. (Simple stuff I'll admit, but still powerful.)

    As for a medal, I'll take a surprise gift for both myself and @Detrivium ^^
     
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  11. Lore N. Fables

    Lore N. Fables Perfectly Imperfect Moderator

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    *slides in, late as usual*

    Well, I donate blood on a schedule since my blood type is relatively common. And since I have seriously healthy and well-oxygenated Red Blood cells, they have me donate what is called, "Whole Blood". Basically, they slap you in a chair, put a giant needle in the arm and then drain bits of blood at a time and then they separate the "Plasma", or "white cells". Keeping only the red cells, they then will draw out more blood. While I'm waiting for that part to separate, they return the plasma through the same needle entrance to save on digging around for my veins.

    I started doing this shortly after I had needed a transfusion from having my son. I had lost entirely too much blood and if someone hadn't of given theirs, I wouldn't be here today. So, to keep someone else's mum in their live's I donate. Maybe it isn't as snazzy as some 'donations' but it can and did save a life at one point. It leaves me weak and tired AF for a couple of days afterwards, but I'm still breathing and so is someone else.
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    Hmm.... I also volunteer my time to high school and some college kids for tutoring. I have a double bachelors in History and English, (that I currently do not use), and though most of my area of study is in research, it comes in handy when new college kids aren't prepared for all of the papers both History and English classes can issue for assignments. Most of the 'kids' I tutor are college-bound seniors in AP English or History along with college Freshman's not familiar with how to go about certain topics or research methods. I tutor in Lexicon/Research Methods for English and Ancient Civ and Anthropology for History. I don't get paid like some tutors. My name gets passed around via the professor's who had tried to talk me into getting the teaching certifications and becoming a teacher. I do better in small groups and individual sessions and I find it fun when you can see the wheels turning in the minds of those who had it in them to begin with. When it "Clicks" for them, you can see it and it is a fantastic feeling.
    [​IMG][​IMG] <-- why I don't teach classes :p

    On Thursday's, every week, the best friend and I will drive around to the local grocery stores and pick up "Day Old Bread" for the homeless shelter's "Sack Lunch Program". We pick up, load and unload the pallettes, rotate the bread and sometimes if we have time, we'll help make the lunches. She actually used to be homeless and managed to turn her life around. She put herself through college, bought her own home, and is living her best life. She's an inspiration for most of the things I do. She was there for me when things were crumbling and I was there for her when her world shattered.
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    As far as a "tag"... Anyone who wishes to share, I suppose. I don't have a medal in mind, so whichever one is given is fine with the Lore. ;)

    Happy New Year everyone!! I truly wish nothing but the best in the year to come for everyone!! :heart:
     
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