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Hey guys! Did you know that tomorrow (Sept 5th) is the International Day of Charity? Well, it is and I hope you’re planning to take part. This year the people in Texas could really use our help as they work to heal from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. If you’re so inclined, you can donate to the Red Cross and help them as they provide support to Texans in need.
The International Day of Charity was created as a way to promote and recognize charity and its role in easing humanitarian crises and suffering in the world. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in an effort to mobilize the world to help others. So, why do we recognize the International Day of Charity on September 5th? It’s because of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. September 5th is the anniversary of her death and she was one of the most philanthropic individuals of our time (she passed away in 1997 at the age of 87).
First, a few facts about International Day of Charity:
- Any charity donations that are made are tax deductible in many countries the year they are made.
- The annual average US household charitable donation is $2,974.
- 98.4% of high earning households give to charity and 63% say that a major motivation for their donations is to give back to the community.
I hope you do something today to participate in International Day of Charity. We’ll be donating to Hurricane Harvey relief and, as always, we donate to Room to Read and Charity: Water. You can see more about our giving back policy here.
To help you get in the charitable spirit, here are 3 movies inspired by charitable work or the powerful spirit of mankind.
Pay it Forward
Social studies teacher Eugene Simonet gives his class an assignment: look at the world around you and fix what you don’t like. One student comes up with an idea. See more on Amazon
Based on the true story of Mother Teresa, THE LETTERS explores her devotion to helping the poor, which changed hearts, transformed lives and inspired millions around the world. See more on Amazon
Robin Williams is Patch Adams, a doctor who will do anything to make his patients laugh — even if it means risking his own career — in this inspiring comedy based on a true story. See more on Amazon
If you have any other recommendations, share them with me on Twitter @ashleyfromhp or drop them in the comments below.