September 5th is observed annually as United Nation’s International Day of Charity, it was declared in 2012 by the United Nation’s General Assembly, and was first celebrated in 2013. It was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Theresa of Calcutta of blessed memory (who has been made a Saint by Pope Francis), who received the Nobel Peace Price in 1979, ”for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress which also constitute a threat to peace”.
This day promotes charitable efforts made to alleviate poverty worldwide, raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities for individuals, philanthropic and volunteer organisations, for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level all over the world.
In years past, events slated for this day included fund raising, restaurants donating profits from sales of the day, Ice Bucket Challenge, blanket distributions, etc.
So, folks out there, just as we are lending a hand, let’s also remember to be charitable. the Holy Book also enjoined us to do so.
Have a charitable day!
Additional source: World Heritage Encyclopedia; pinterest.com