Observed by the UN General Assembly, the International Day of Charity is globally recognized annually on September 5th. The primary objective of this day is to encourage people to participate in charities and do something for the greater good.
Let’s take a look at the historical significance of International Day of Charity, along with how the day is celebrated and how you can celebrate it.
The UN General Assembly declared International Day of Charity as a global event in 2012. Initially, it was conceived as a Hungarian civil society initiative. The day aimed to enhance the awareness and visibility of social actions and encourage people to come forward in support of charity.
The UN decided September 5 as the date to commemorate the death anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa. The first commemoration took place on September 5, 2013.
How Is International Day of Charity Celebrated?
Charity and nonprofit organizations lead the celebrations on the International Day of Charity. The celebration includes podcasts, interviews, webinars, and online campaigns to highlight the importance of philanthropic actions and encourage people to participate in charity. Several brands step up on this day to support charitable causes.
Why Should You Psrticipate in Charity work?
So, why should you support charity organizations? Let’s look at some important benefits of giving to charity.
It Makes You Feel Good
If you feel like you haven’t found meaning in life, charity is for you. When you do good, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and completion. There’s no other way to feel happy and satisfied than to help others.
It Makes Someone’s Life Better
Giving to charity does more than making you feel good. It makes someone else’s life better. Many people don’t have access to healthcare, education, food, and even water. A small donation from your end can put food in someone’s stomach.
It Strengthens Your Personal Values
Philanthropic actions boost your personal values. They give a feeling of social conscience and help you build moral values. Doing charity can also go a long way in building self-compassion and self-esteem.
It Is Impactful
In these hard times, giving is more powerful and impactful than ever. Any small contribution towards education, healthcare, or nutrition can drastically improve someone’s life. Many countries are struggling to fight the pandemic. By donating to nonprofits working towards fighting COVID-19, you can create a huge impact.
You Introduce Generosity to Your Kids
If you’re a parent, there’s no better way to introduce generosity to your kids than donating to charity with them. By creating a culture of donating to charity, you can enable your children to build strong moral values, committed to doing something for the greater good.
If you want to do charity work but are not sure how and where to begin, there has never been a better time than now. On this International Day of Charity, you can start your journey as a philanthropist by donating to a local charity. If you’re unsure which organization to support, find an initiative you want to support, and then look for organizations working on that initiative.