Did you know today is World Humanitarian Day? What would you pitch to the Secretary General of the United Nations to change the world?
Day 318: Give 318
“World Humanitarian Day is a celebration of people helping people. Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world. The day recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of those who risk their lives to give others help and hope. It is also about inspiring the spirit of aid work in everyone.”
I know what my pitch would be.
We need to dedicated to a movement of humanitarianism every day. The need doesn’t happen just one day a year but every day.
I have proved it. It can be done. After 318 days of giving I can say we can all give every day.
In honour of this day I am providing humanitarian services right here on the North Shore of Vancouver. There is “need” every where in our world even in your own back yard. My “humanitarian act” for this special day is to help Mothers. Mothers that need help just to get by and provide their babies with the basic needs they can’t always afford. Cloths, a crib, a stroller, blankets – the list goes on.
I had not only one but two car loads of these items that I was donating. Just 5 minutes from my house I drove to give a 16 year old Mother (due very soon), a new crib, baby cloths and maternity wear. The second drop was to a nurse that volunteered at a local drop in centre for Mothers. I filled her front porch with bags of items she could give away.
I didn’t do this alone. It was a collaboration of efforts. The items were given to me by friends and a local consignment store I shop at (The Secret Closet) and together we made a big difference to so many.
My other collaborator was a gentleman I had never met. This falls into the Random Acts of Kindness category which I love. When delivering the crib I had to take all the items up to the top of a 3 story apartment building (no elevator in site!). Out of no where comes a gentleman offering an extra set of hands to help me carry the car load of items I had up all the stairs. It truly made my day.
You don’t have to travel to Africa to be a humanitarian. There are opportunities to give in every place in the world. You just have dig deep in your heart to help. We can all find a few extra minutes in our day to help another human being.
What will you do today?
Time Commitment: 1 hour
Cost: 0 everything was donated