Today, it is September 5th. The International day of Charity!

Charity is voluntarily giving to people who are  less fortunate; helping out, and giving with no expectations in return beyond the satisfaction of helping others. Charity doesn’t just need to be money.  Offering time, kindness and compassion are considered charity too. 

There is an ancient expression, “If it comes from the heart, it enters the heart.” 

The International Day of Charity was declared by the UN in 2012 to honor the memory of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  Mother Teresa moved from her homeland in Macedonia to Calcutta, India when she was 18 years old and she dedicated her life to bringing comfort and aid to the poorest and least cared for people.  Teresa didn’t have money so she gave of herself in the most selfless way, encouraging others to join in her mission to help those less fortunate and sick often with diseases others scorned including AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis.  Mother Teresa received The Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for taking care of the poor, and helping people with diseases that no one else wanted to go near. 

Now, every year on September 5th we celebrate the International Day of Charity in honor of her.

“It’s not how much we give, but how much we put into giving.” -Mother Teresa


Olivia Cohn is an eleven year old from Westport Connecticut. She is the 2018 winner of the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Exposition, she also won the I SEE HER INVENT award from CA Technologies.

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