International Day of Charity

Every year on September 5th people around the world celebrate International Day of Charity. This special day was created by the United Nations to help more people understand how important charity is. The day honors kindness and people helping others in need.

International Day of Charity

Where Did This Day Come From?

International Day of Charity honors two important people who helped the poor. One was Mother Teresa, who spent her life helping sick and hungry families in India. She started hospitals and shelters for people who had no one to care for them. The other was a man named Vestal Marseille. He built an orphanage in Haiti to help children who had lost their parents. Both of these people showed great love through their charity.

The United Nations wanted a day to remember these acts of kindness and inspire more of them worldwide. So in 2012 they chose September 5th, the day Mother Teresa died, to be International Day of Charity.

What Does Charity Mean?

Charity means doing good things for others without reward. On this day, charity can be big things like:

  • Donating money to organizations that help people.
  • Volunteering your time to help at local shelters.
  • Starting a nonprofit group that helps the environment.

It can also be small acts like:

  • Helping someone carry their groceries.
  • Visiting an elderly neighbor who is lonely.
  • Being friendly to someone who is having a bad day.

The important thing is giving kindness without expecting anything in return.

Why Is Charity Important?

When people do charitable things, it makes the whole world better. Charity:

  • Brings help to people who are sick, poor, or in need.
  • Allows people to work together for good causes.
  • Makes people feel less alone when others help them.
  • Sets a good example that inspires more giving.
  • Gives the giver purpose from making a difference.

Simple Ways You Can Be More Charitable

Everyone can find ways to be more charitable in daily life. Here are some ideas:

  • Help carry heavy bags for someone struggling.
  • Give gently used clothes and toys to charities.
  • Teach someone a skill you know for free.
  • Send an encouraging note to a sad friend.
  • Clean up litter you see in public areas.
  • Treat all people with kindness and respect.
  • Give food or money to support those in need.

International Day of Charity reminds us that small acts of goodness add up to make the whole world better. We all win when we show more caring, generosity and love for fellow human beings.