Charity is an act of kindness

Major, Major - Venus Raj -

Charity work is often associated with celebrities. This is one noble way of using popularity. A celebrity’s fame and influence works to direct attention towards a cause, in order to earn support from the public.

I have been involved, and continue to be involved in charity work for various causes, which I see as a privilege much greater than getting VIP treatment anywhere in the world. The opportunity to help given by so many charitable organizations reaps rewards that money cannot buy.

Just recently, we visited Calumpit, Bulacan, which was ravaged by Typhoon Quiel. We distributed relief goods to those affected by the typhoon. It was heartbreaking to see the damage  fruits of years of hard labor all destroyed in but a few hours. However, it was heartwarming to see each smile that never failed to show in every face that received help. You can feel that amidst the gloomy environment was an undeniable air of generosity and gratitude.

People get involved in charity work for different reasons. I cannot speak for others, but personally, I look forward to charity work because it is a means to give back. I have been on the other end of this. Living in Bicol, which is constantly hit by storms, I have numerous memories of my mother lining up to receive relief goods. A can of sardines, a few packs of instant noodles and a kilo of rice meant so much to us during those times.

I also benefitted from scholarships for my education. A large part of my life is a testament of how people’s generosity can make a tremendous impact in the lives they touch. And because of this, it is only right that I become an instrument of blessing as well.

There is quite a number of charity works that needs support from the public right now. This week, I will participate in charitable events involved in different causes.

I will visit Albay to unveil a program that promises to actively fight poverty, and ultimately eradicate it. As it is launched, I shall devote an article detailing its thrusts and plans. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will also visit Marikina on Thursday. This will be the first event where I am an official DSWD ambassador, particularly programs that address issues on children and poverty.

As we approach the Christmas season, we need to collect our efforts to promote the spirit of giving. People from all walks of life can be generous. Generosity does not require money. All it demands from us is an openness and willingness to share our time and effort. The simplest gesture of kindness can mean all the difference to somebody out there.

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