In high school (which feels like forever ago), I belonged to the National Honor Society. This society is the premier organization that recognizes outstanding high school students. These students are expected to demonstrate excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Service is a large component of the society. I remember participating in multiple community charity drives, including collecting canned food for homeless shelters, volunteering at the local library, and more. At the time, I didn't recognize the value of volunteering for community projects. I was still a naive teenager. It wasn't until I was in college and really grew up that I began to value donating to charities and spending time with others to work toward completing a large project.
You have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger. When you donate a little bit of money or time to an organization, it may not seem like much, but believe me, it is much more helpful than you think.
We all have our interests and passions. There's an organization for each passion. If you're interested in health, there are so many foundations that need research money to discover ways to cure diseases. For example, consider donating and (if you live in the area) volunteering at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This research hospital for children with cancer is always in need of volunteers and donations. It might not seem like your contribution is making a difference, but it is when you are a part of a large group of donors who help cure diseases for young children who just want to be home.
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If you feel passionate about a cause, join a race or donate money or time to the organization to help ensure that the work will continue to make a difference on someone.
When I donate to charities, I know how fortunate I am to have clean water to drink, or have a roof over my head. I know I am very blessed that I don't have to search for food. At the same time, I know not everyone has these luxuries. Not everyone has food at home or a place to sleep. As you will learn, when you give food to a local food bank, or write a check to an organization that helps people in need, you will feel thankful for the blessings in your own life. You will know that your small contribution will become a part of something bigger to help someone in need.
I want to inspire you to instill a desire to share and serve throughout your life. Think about others, as well as yourself about how blessed and fortunate you are. Donate to a new charity or organization that needs your contribution.
But, don't just stop there: Inspire others. Inspire your children to donate to a charity. This will show them you care about others and want to make the world a better place. They will develop a desire to serve throughout their lives, and they will eventually pass this desire down to their own children. Inspire others to take action and be a part of something big.