Today is International Day of Charity, which is implemented by United Nations. According to their website, “The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.
The date of 5 September 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.””
It can be difficult in our busy schedules to find time to give back to others, as often it seems that we barely have enough time to take care of ourselves. However, donations or charitable acts do not have to necessarily be a time-suck. Below are five ways in which you can easily participate in International Day of Charity.
1. Donate your un-needed items
Go through your house and find items that you no longer have a use for. Then take these items to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. The sales of these items help provide money for less fortunate people, and it is tax-deductible for you.
2. Donate to an animal shelter
Animal shelters are always in need of supplies. Make a quick run to the dollar store and grab items like: paper towels, bleach, hand sanitizer, etc. and then bring them to a nearby shelter. So often these shelters get donations of toys and treats for animals (which is great!), but they also need supplies to keep their establishment clean and sanitary for the animals and volunteers.
3. Select your favorite charity for an online donation
If there is a non-profit organization that is near and dear to your heart, stop by their website and make a donation. No more than 5 minutes is spent on this process, and it can go a long way for helping others.
4. Or, set up a donation on Facebook
Facebook now lets you share your cherished non-profits with your friends and invites them to donate to something worthy that they may not know much about. Be sure to mention that it’s #InternationalDayOfCharity in your post!
5. Donate blood
Do some research online to find out where you can donate blood in your area. This process can take around a half an hour, but it’s so important for the many trauma patients who are in need of blood transfusions. And, you’ll likely get a nice snack after you’re done.
Comment below to let us know how you’re supporting International Day of Charity!