International Day of Charity (Sept. 5) Activity
This day was designated by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution A/RES/67/105 to recognize the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering within and among nations. Charity provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies. The date of September 5 was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”
During this pandemic, we all have different levels of needs and abilities to be charitable. Look at what you can give. If you are unable to donate to a food bank or to a humanitarian cause, look at what you can do. Is there someone in your circle of friends and family that is isolated and alone? Sending or dropping off a homemade greeting card can do wonders to raise someone’s spirits. A phone call can make someone feel connected. Picking up trash in your neighborhood – while following local rules for distancing and masking – and wearing gloves to protect yourself, is an act of charity. If you are unable to perform a charitable act today, make the plans today for what you want to do.
For more information, visit https://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/index.shtml