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Ways To Help

I’ve been browsing the Facebook feeds of several of my friends these days. And many of them have the hashtag, Stop Asian Hate, on them. It’s a testament to the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year in the USA - including the most recent shootings in Atlanta this month. These unfortunate incidents make us realize that racism is still prevalent in society today.

And it’s not going away that easily. But, I commend my friends and family members for using their platform to stand up for what they believe to be right. For using their voice for a better society. For a better tomorrow. It’s not something that can just go away with a hashtag. But, you have to speak up to make this go away.

It’s made me think of ways to help the community in a broader sense. How to use my power. My platform. For a better tomorrow. For a better society. For a greater community going forward.

Recently, I’ve been donating to causes that I believe in. For example, food scarcity is a real thing these days in the USA - especially with the coronavirus pandemic putting so many families into high-risk categories of not being able to pay their rent or to be able to put food on the table.

Everyone deserves not to be hungry. Everyone deserves to be well-nourished and be well-fed. It is America after all. So, that’s a cause I’ve been getting after these days. In hopes that whatever little money I contribute can go directly to help a person or a family in need.

Some charities in this realm include Feeding America, City Harvest, and Volunteers of America. All have their advantages and have a broad reach in the USA (or NYC) community. It’s just little things that you can do here and there that can help alleviate someone’s pain. So, why not do that?

Helping out the community helps make me feel good about myself as well. And if it weren’t for the coronavirus pandemic, maybe I’ll spend some of my time volunteering at a food bank or a soup kitchen. By doing this, you get a firsthand look of the people that you are helping to support. It’s a more cerebral feeling and makes you realize that you are directly affecting the community for the better.

So, you don’t necessarily have to just donate money. You can donate your time, energy, and resources to the community. Maybe donate your clothing. Donate your books. Donate some non-perishable food for that matter. Every little counts.

Especially since we are still not out of the woods yet - with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Use your skills to help the community for the better. Donate some funds and resources. Whatever you can afford or help out. Anything small can make a difference.

It helps others. And it helps yourself as well. Because a healthy community indirectly means a healthy you. It’s all interrelated. Interconnected. So, get out there and give a little bit. You won’t regret it. You will feel rejuvenated and revitalized with your actions. And it’s one of the core purposes of being in this world. To help alleviate the pain of the needy. Again, every little counts.

There are so many ways to help out there. That’s the beauty of this world. And we are all well-equipped to give a little bit in any way possible. We all have a platform that we can utilize for the better - no matter how small or large it is.

We will never be able to reach a perfect world. An ideal world where there is no racism, no homelessness, no hunger, and no disease. That is a pipe dream, I have to admit. But, with every little action of kindness. Every little action of giving, we can make that dream more of a reality.

It’s an ideal scenario that we will not achieve in our lifetime, but at least we should try to reach it anyways. Strive for greatness knowing that we will fail anyways. There’s something admirable in that.

So help out any way you can in the community. Donate your money. Donate your energy. Donate your blood. Donate your books. Donate your skills. Give knowing that, at the end of the day, everything you give will come back to you tenfold.

Of course, that’s not the goal. The purpose is to give unconditionally knowing that you are making the life of someone else better out there. Because we are all in this together. We are all humans running a single race. Doesn’t matter if we’re black, white, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American. We are all one. We are all striving for the same thing.

So give back to your fellow man and woman. Strive for the ideal world - knowing that you will never achieve it. And give yourself a pat on the back for taking action and using your platform for the better. Thank you for every little thing that you can give in this world.

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