Time of year to help others


As the holidays arrive, we tend to think about giving.

This year, it might not seem there is much to be thankful for, given the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the divisiveness in the country.

Those are, perhaps, just the most prominent problems. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, lists as some other major issues in the country health care, immigration, religious liberty, marriage, education, environment and welfare. Pew Research Center adds drug addiction, economic inequality, racism, sexism and terrorism to the list.

Despite the huge voter turnout in this month’s general election, some still believe their vote doesn’t matter. Some feel as though there is nothing they can do to resolve these problems.

Whatever problems we face in the United States, there is something we can do as individuals. We can give.

Sometimes, giving is about monetary donation. Sometimes, it’s about donating time. Both can lead to positive change.

This month we celebrated National Philanthropy Day, meant to honor those who give back to their communities.

What we might not remember — or know — about philanthropy is it aims to not just offer a temporary solution to a social problem, but to provide a permanent fix.

You don’t have to have a huge bank account or join an organization to celebrate National Philanthropy Day. Just make a commitment to yourself to help those in need, whether it’s a family member, close friend, neighbor or acquaintance. Be there for them during this pandemic. Run errands (wearing a mask), visit them (while socially distancing) and give of material and monetary goods as you can.

President Reagan first proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day in 1986, and communities all throughout the world have celebrated the importance of this occasion ever since. If you are financially able to contribute to a society-changing organization, do it.


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