@ottoman673: You have a chance at getting a treasure key as a drop in the PoE or from the Ether chests from the pack of wolves events. You need a key to open the big chest at the end of PoE. You do not need a key to get the armor or weapon core drops, those are on the typical weekly reset i believe.
@itwastuesday: Try a service like /r/fireteams or DestinyLFG.net to find groups. You may even be able to find people willing to carry you through normal VOG at your level or Croata once you're 27. Getting rep and marks is a good way to level early on if raiding isn't an option. Getting an exotic from the weekend vendor Xur is also a good way to boost your light. I think he normally charges 13 strange coins for a piece of armor, coins can be gotten from blue engrams, strike/ crucible drops and the weekly/nightfall.
I used to always read Gamespot reviews and Jeff was one of my favorite reviewers as I thought he was tough but fair generally. I remember feeling pretty betrayed by Jeff's firing and kinda lost faith in Gamespot. A little while later I remember thinking, I wonder what Jeff's up to these days and fell in love with GB, particularly the quick look format.
The past few days i have been trying to think of a way to best honor Ryan, an man who brought many of us nothing but joy. I thought it would be nice to find a charity or cause that Ryan felt particularly strong about and donate. I reached out to Anna on Twitter to ask if there were any causes he had supported.
I thought it would be nice if we, as a community, could help out these causes in any way that we can. Let's do something positive in memory of a man we loved!