I was searching around for this quote today – I knew it was from one of the letters Richard Armitage has written to fans over the years, but I couldn’t remember where they were located until a little birdie (Hi birdie!) reminded me that they are at archived at RichardArmitageOnline.com. This quote comes from the closing remarks of the message dated December 24, 2011, and it has always spoken to me about the generous nature that seems an integral part of Richard Armitage. This time of year, it becomes particularly meaningful.
I’ve really wanted to be able to post more lately, but as any slave to the academic calendar will tell you, November is crunch time. The semester is winding to a close, work to be graded is piling up, and students can taste the end on the tips of their tongues. Professional duties are looming, but more importantly for me, November is also the kick off to my mission work season. For the past several years, I’ve coordinated a pizza sale with K-6th grade youth at my church.
We – when I say “we” I mean me, a handful of parents and about 15 kids ranging from 4-12 years old – get together to form a pizza assembly line. This year we had a total of 200 pizzas to make. We did it in a little under two hours and no one ended up with pizza sauce in their hair – a minor miracle considering events of past years. The profits we make from the pizzas are donated wholly to support a local Adopt-a-Family program for the Christmas holiday. We are assigned a family via a local agency and receive gift buying guidelines and a list of desired items provided by the family. Sometimes the lists have been something of a challenge, but I was really struck by the list I received yesterday:
Nothing extravagant, nothing exotic. My own children are asking for WiiU’s and Ninendo 3DS’s for Christmas (the jury is still out on this BTW). This parent is hoping to have diapers for an infant. This puts cutting onions and wrangling cheese-throwing kids into perspective for me. By spending a couple of days peddling pizzas, we can make a real difference in the life of this family.
Sometimes just a little respite from struggling can make an enormous impact. I know, I’ve been there. I could be there again. Anyone could. This is one of the reasons I continue to be enamored of Richard Armitage. He’s not just a handsome face, or a talented actor. He really seems to be the genuine article – a person with a kind and generous soul who seeks to give back to those in need – whether it’s through his JustGiving Charities or efforts to raise relief funds after a natural disaster
Or exhorting his fans to be “…willingly good, extra good…” I’m going to continue to work on this – doing good works doesn’t always mean huge monetary donations or grand gestures. I really believe that sometimes we can make a difference through RAndom acts of kindness that have a potential to ripple forward.
There are opportunities all around us…don’t forget the upcoming Silent Auction at I Want to be a Pin Up, and watch this space after the new year for a chance to pool our efforts in this regard.