Lending a hand and a heart—Richard Armitage at a refugee camp today, March 05, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #882)



Bless you!  Bless you all!  Richard Armitage’s message of compassion was simple and straightforward—from his heart.


I tend to volunteer with and donate to  social justice organizations in my community, because of their focus upon helping those in need—children and families at risk, economically disadvantaged, and who have suffered violence.  And just as Richard relates in his long and heartfelt tweet message, I have also sat and helped at risky and needy children make cards or pictures, played games, helped with activities about the magic of science, and helping the children to envision college in their futures by bringing the kids to campus and meeting with college students who look like them who are pursuing their college dreams, etc.

Sometimes, you wonder if you’re helping, if you’re making a difference.  It’s not like you’ll receive an update report 1 year, 5 years, or even 10 years down the line about how these children and families are doing.  Because often due to the high mobility of at risk children and families, their families move between different agencies helping them.  But as one director of a children’s aid program once shared with me, just as every child matters so does every help at valuing at risk children and families—and helping the children to believe in their value.

So with social justice organizations in place in communities to create a structure of compassionate assistance—like the Berliner Stadt Mission  at the refugee camp that Richard Armitage speaks about in his tweet message—I feel more hopeful that people are being helped.

And this hopefulness I feel–born of aid organizations near and far that I am familiar with and/or work with– is why I volunteer my time, my talents, and my treasure when and where I can.

So if each of us strives to be of aid to others in need, when we can—and perhaps share our experiences, as Richard Armitage has done in his tweet message above—then perhaps more people needing help will receive it.   And perhaps some of us can feel encouraged to continue our compassionate efforts, even in the face of overwhelming need.





About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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17 Responses to Lending a hand and a heart—Richard Armitage at a refugee camp today, March 05, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #882)

  1. Wendy says:

    Hi Grati, Like u I tend to support local social justice issues. I believe that my adopted country is not doing nearly enough to help with this refugee crisis. Once again RA has shown us his empathy and kind
    heart. These days I cannot do so much physically but I can and already have made a small donation to the Berlin Stadt Mission. Bless u Grati and thanks. Wendy

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    • Hi Wendy,
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I am also impressed with Richard Armitage taking the chance to “put himself out there” as a compassionate person–as he has done for several years now with the many children and family related causes that he supports. He like so many others I know in real life are to be commended for their compassion and their advocacy.

      And bless you for your donation to the Berliner Stadt Mission! There are several local, national, and international charities that my husband and I already make donations to every year and throughout the year. Yet when appeals for refugee aid from UNICEF (United Nations), Berliner Stadt Mission, and others are made, we also find ourselves making an additional modest donation. And when everyone’s small donations are grouped together, they can make a difference.

      Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. March 05-06, 08, 2016–Thanks for liking this post! Hugs & Cheers!

    Hariclea, Carolyn, joholland, dorotheabluemer, suzy, & Esther


  3. March 05, 2016–Here is the tweet by Richard Armitage earlier in the day:


  4. March 05, 2016–Armitage Global shared a transcript of Richard Armitage’s message on Facebook:


  5. Teuchter says:

    Somehow I can totally imagine him being “choked with sorrow”. What a tender heart he has. I’m even more impressed by him now than ever.

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    • I agree, Teuchter! Richard Armitage has a kind and tender heart! It is a lovely thing to have such a talented man–esteemed by his colleagues and friends as he is–unselfishly and publicly support this and other good causes. Thanks for visiting and commenting! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->


  6. March 05, 2016–Kind comments from Michelle Forbe’s Twitter page, about Richard Armitage’s message about their day volunteering at a refugee camp:


    • Hi Dorothea, Thanks for the reblog of my post! I’m glad that you liked it! Cheers! Grati ;->

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      • Hi Gratiana,
        Yes I like it!
        I’m a bit short of time currently for writing myself because I’m removing…so I really loved to repost it. I think, the thing is really worth a post!

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        • Hi Dorothea, I heartily agree about RA’s and his colleagues’ volunteering being worthy of reposting! Richard Armitage’s goodwill through this volunteering example and his other charitable works–such as his Just Giving charitable donation sites–illustrate his committed compassion for those in need or experiencing adversity. Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->

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  7. March 07, 2016–Cyn@Dainty (Thanks!) created and shared a lovely collage of the images of Richard Armitage and his colleagues volunteering at the refugee camp this weekend:


  8. March 07, 2016–Esther shares her views about RA’s refugee camp visit, refugees in general, and other topics on her blog, The Book of Esther;



  9. March 7, 2016–Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog shares her thoughts about Richard Armitage’s heartfelt sharing of his experience at the refugee camp:



  10. March 07, 2016–jholland shares her musings about Richard Armitage’s refugee camps visit–and her own weekend exploits hanging with friends–at her blog, preoccupied with armitage:



  11. March 18, 2016–Thanks to Richard Armitage Net ( http://www.RichardArmitageNet.com ) for sharing two article scans (on their March 13, 2016 news post) about Richard Armitage’s and some of his “Berlin Station” costars visiting the refugee camp(as forwarded by the German RA Board to RANet, Thanks!)!



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