What is charity? Many define this word as doing good, others say that it’s an action or disposition of a person that leads to doing and promoting good so others only with the intention and desire that this other person spends a cheerful day with a smile feeling blessed so that they forget their needs and/or shortcomings. The truth is that more than a disposition or action, it is also a great virtue that defines our Casa community.

The General Assembly of the United Nations, in its resolution A / RES / 67/105, designated the 5th of September as the International Day of Charity, the date was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”

The United Nations affirms, “Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies. Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations.”

Although this date was chosen to commemorate this action, we should all strive to do something, big or small, for someone in need everyday. This way we help make this world a better place. It is great to know that this word defines the Casa de Campo community so well, here we are able to find kind and good people who are always willing to help others.

Everything we do, whether it is donating our time, clothes, food, money, school supplies, toys each one of those actions can make a difference and as Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”