Bless you! Bless you all! Richard Armitage’s message of compassion was simple and straightforward—from his heart.
I tend to volunteer with and donate to social justice organizations in my community, because of their focus upon helping those in need—children and families at risk, economically disadvantaged, and who have suffered violence. And just as Richard relates in his long and heartfelt tweet message, I have also sat and helped at risky and needy children make cards or pictures, played games, helped with activities about the magic of science, and helping the children to envision college in their futures by bringing the kids to campus and meeting with college students who look like them who are pursuing their college dreams, etc.
Sometimes, you wonder if you’re helping, if you’re making a difference. It’s not like you’ll receive an update report 1 year, 5 years, or even 10 years down the line about how these children and families are doing. Because often due to the high mobility of at risk children and families, their families move between different agencies helping them. But as one director of a children’s aid program once shared with me, just as every child matters so does every help at valuing at risk children and families—and helping the children to believe in their value.
So with social justice organizations in place in communities to create a structure of compassionate assistance—like the Berliner Stadt Mission at the refugee camp that Richard Armitage speaks about in his tweet message—I feel more hopeful that people are being helped.
And this hopefulness I feel–born of aid organizations near and far that I am familiar with and/or work with– is why I volunteer my time, my talents, and my treasure when and where I can.
So if each of us strives to be of aid to others in need, when we can—and perhaps share our experiences, as Richard Armitage has done in his tweet message above—then perhaps more people needing help will receive it. And perhaps some of us can feel encouraged to continue our compassionate efforts, even in the face of overwhelming need.