Sunday, November 1, 2009
Volunteering has all kinds of benefits
I was on my way to Ninth Street in order to help pack, using a November Fastpass on October 30. I thought you could use it for three days before it started. Turns out it's three days AFTER the first that you can use the PRIOR month's pass. Checking everyone as they exited, a very nice police officer asked me for my proof of payment and I casually showed her the fastpass. At which time she told me it was not good; I'd failed to pay my fare and it was a $75 ticket. Well, she then asked me where I was going, and I told her I was going to the American Friends' Service to pack sweaters and afghans for A4A. She asked me what that was, and I explained--people send knit and crocheted items from all over North America and we pack them for sending to families and children in Afghanistan. She then called the other officer over and told me to tell her where I was going. So I explained it again to her. They looked at each other, looked at me and the officer took my driver's license and sent me around to pay the $2.00 fare. I then traded my proof of payment for my id, and went on my way to pack with a bunch of nice people. Volunteering is great for all kinds of things!! Come join us.