What is the definition of charity? The dictionary informs us that charity is the, “giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.” Mother Teresa was the essence of charity. The very symbol of charity. She gave not only of her time, but also of herself. She was altruistic as well as charitable. When I think of Bill and Malinda Gates, I think of their philanthropic hearts and their devotion to do and give of themselves to those all over the world. I think of the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai who bravely encouraged Pakistani girls to pursue an education. These are just a few examples of what it is to be charitable. But, there are other examples.
Every year, many selfless individuals give of their time to hand out food to the hungry and needy. This year, as the Ebola Virus broke out to near pandemic level, medical personnel from all over the world risking their own well-being, so they could help those in need. Then of course there are the children who as young as seven, collect money for the homeless, sick, and dying. These are examples of charity, of giving without selfish concerns.
So, what is our definition? How do we show our charity all year long? How long or short is our list? One need not be a millionaire or billionaire to be philanthropic. All one needs is heart and compassion. This holiday season, let’s all be more sensitive and empathetic with those who have less than we.
© Natala Orobello