World Humanitarian Day – August 19, 2012

The theme of the UN’s World Humanitarian Day this year was “I Was Here.” This campaign was a brilliant idea to get people from all around the world involved in random acts of kindness, no matter how big or small. This campaign really reminded me that no matter who you are in this world, you can always make a difference. We are all one entity and need to stand together in times of need. My hope is that this idea is always instilled in everyone’s minds…We can all make a difference.

What can you do? Below are some suggestions:

  • HELP SOMEONE WITH THEIR SHOPPING
  • MAKE A HOMELESS PERSON A SANDWICH
  • DONATE YOUR SKILLS TO A COMMUNITY PROJECT
  • STAND UP FOR SOMEONE BEING PICKED ON
  • VISIT AN ELDERLY PERSON
  • COOK A MEAL FOR A NEW MOM
  • COMFORT SOMEONE IN HOSPITAL
  • VOLUNTEER AT A LOCAL CHARITY
  • GIVE AWAY SOMETHING YOU DON’T USE
  • MOW YOUR NEIGHBOUR’S LAWN
  • TUTOR A DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PERSON
  • CLEAN UP YOUR LOCAL PARK

You can read more about this campaign and organization via their website:  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/

Beyonce was one of the main supporters of this cause and performed a song from her album “4” called, “I Was Here,” at the UN General Assembly in New York. The video was posted on World Humanitarian Day: http://www.whd-iwashere.org/

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