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WZM Award





WZM Award presented to Max Avalos - Garfield High School







Compassion is when you feel sympathy for another person. When someone is depressed, we tend to be caring, kind, and we try to help him or her out. If you ask how they feel or what’s wrong, this can brighten their day. Being there for someone can show them how much you care for him or her and it can bring joy to their day. Compassion is needed in our society because as a society we need to help each other out. If you feel depressed or mad, we are emotional and we tend to do stuff without thinking, but we don’t see the consequences of our actions. Being compassionate and being there for someone can lead to motivation. You can help the person get through the rough patch they are going through by simply being compassionate. When helping someone process a bad experience, you can help him or her out by hearing him or her out. Talking to someone about your problems is a way to relieve yourself and it can help release all these bad thoughts.

When I was 7 years old, my dad got surgery on his spine. He had a good experience in the hospital, but sadly he was told he couldn’t run or carry anything anymore. He felt depressed because of the news. At home, I felt bad for him and I tried to help him in any way I could. By getting water for him or trying to help him go to the restroom, I was there for him. I observed how my dad struggled to walk and how he needed more attention because he couldn’t do much while he was recovering. I have been volunteering in my local hospital for about a year now. When I volunteering I try to help anyone I can. If the patient is lost or they need help, I am happy to help them out. When I see people struggling with back problems or they seem to walk slowly, I courteously ask them if they need help and I offer to take them in a wheelchair to their appointment or their destination. I have shown compassion to other people by helping them out when they need help. I understand what they go through because I have seen a close relative go through the same thing.


Ruth Ratna Handy, LCSW
(818) 834-5925


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