Ways to give back to society

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or what you’ve accomplished… It’s about who you’ve lifted, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

Imagine waking up in a world where the extremely poor families are no longer living on the pavements and begging for some food and money on the streets just so that their children can have a day’s meal. Imagine a world where the elderly have been allowed to live with dignity and respect at their homes, without the constant everyday fear of being deported to the old age home against their will. Imagine living in a world where the 7-year-old boy catching his 3-year-old baby sister in one arm and 2 rupee pens in another does not need to run from car to car to sell pens when the green light turns red so that he can take care of little sister because he lost his family at a young age. He does this because the red light on the street is a signal of hope to live and see another day.

My simple question to you is, why do we need to do the imagining of what could be? Is it so difficult to make time for people who are in need and are constantly suffering day after day but still dream about the day where they no longer have to suffer?… We’ve all heard about the saying “If you want something badly enough, go for it!” Well, a strong sense of humanity and action is what we all need…

Feelings of compassion, love, kindness and generosity are what we all need. And each one of us has the right to be happy and fulfilled in life. But not all of us can achieve this. So let’s take the opportunity to share happiness with those who have been deprived and neglected and who are struggling to find their way out of poverty.

Volunteer: Volunteer is a great way to help others. If you are interested in volunteering, you could simple volunteer at beach or road cleanups, volunteer as a fundraiser for NGO’s. Visit the elderly at old age homes and spend some time with them, visit orphanages and special schools and help them learn something new or simply just interact with them. You’ll be amazed by the different people you meet and the experiences you’ll share with them.

2. Donate to Charity: If you find it difficult to make time for social service, you can always donate a sum of money to charity. Your small contribution will surely make a huge difference in people lives. Instead of giving financially, you could also donate your old clothes, shoes, bags and other supplies to orphanages, special schools, goodwill, animal cares etc.

3. Serve Meals to the poor: Serving meals to the poor and street animals is a great way to start with. If you do not wish to donate, you can always prepare or buy good food and serve it to the people who are in need. This one step can create a huge impact in their lives and will surely bring a smile on their faces.

4. Handwrite notes and buy some gifts for hospital patients – There are so many patients who do not have their families to support them during tough times. A small note or a gift would cheer them up and will give them a sense of hope and belonging. If you do not have time to personally visit them, you can drop off these gifts to their respective wards.

5. Be a part of an organisation – If you become a part of an organisation, you will not only help the people in need but you will also be able to spread the word, inspire more people to join the organisation and most importantly you will be making a significant difference in the lives of many people.

Every day that goes by without helping another person is an opportunity missed. So go ahead and do your part by giving back to others and helping someone today!

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