Join Hands Day
Join Hands Day:
Set for the first Saturday of May every year, the Join Hands Day is a special day across the United States. It reminds people to restore the connection between the older and younger generations through volunteer activities.
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Why Join Hands Day?
Join Hands Day is a special and humanitarian national holiday. It is a gesture of good faith, bringing people together for the purpose of volunteer activities. This day brings people away from branding each other because of our personal differences and coming together in acts of kindness and love for humanity.
Pointing each other out because of our differences only distances us from each other, making it impossible to be there for one another during times of need. Therefore, this day is set aside to help people remember that the true value of a person is in whom they are instead of the material things that we can bring. The day opens our eyes to why it is important to help each other and stand with each other in good times and bad times.
There are a lot of people who need our support as well as our presence in their lives. Some of these people include widows, orphans, the sick in hospitals, people affected by calamities and natural disasters, and even the old. By engaging in volunteer activities targeted at aiding them, we will honor this day and ensure that they are not alone.
This holiday, therefore, taps into our humanity, appealing to us to be humane to one another regardless of the age difference. It signifies that the young and old alike can be a valuable source of support to people in need.
How we can observe Join Hands Day:
There are multiple ways through which we can come together, join hands and engage in volunteer activities. Among them include:
- Post on social media
One of the ways to observe this remarkable day is by posting on social media using the handle #JoinHandsDay, and sharing it across your social media following. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter connect the entire world into what can be seen as a global village. Posting this hashtag ensures that the campaign goes across borders so that everyone can participate in this very noble gesture.
- Visit nursing homes
Another way to observe this amazing day is by inviting young people to homes where old people live and having them perform helpful activities like reading their favorite books and spending the day attending to their needs. The service does not have to be physical as technology avails provisions like video chat where you can read books to them from a distance.
- Design a value-adding program for the aged
You can also observe this amazing day by creating a program for the aged. This could be a gardening or painting program tailored to keep them engaged, happy, and in the company of people who care and want to connect with them. During the gardening program, make sure to encourage the young and old alike to participate as much as possible so that the project can yield results.
- Plan for an exchange project between the young and older generations
Another way to observe this amazing day is by structuring a project where the young and old can exchange their skills and teach each other new ways of doing things. For instance, the young can teach the old about more technologically advanced ways of doing things. In contrast, the old generation can teach the young more hands-on skills like fishing and making traditional meals.
Interesting facts about Join Hands Day:
There are many interesting facts about this day. These include:
- In 1886, a meeting of 16 fraternal orders led to the formation of NFC- the modern-day American Fraternal Alliance.
- 1901 marked the day when dissatisfaction with the NFC’s internal/external workings led many fraternal orders to join hands and form the Associated Fraternities of America.
- 2000 marks when the American Fraternal Alliance’s Benefit Societies and the Points of Light foundation decided to form this national holiday.
History of Join Hands Day:
The history of the Join Hands Day goes back to 2000 and focuses on America’s Fraternal Benefit Societies. This day started off as a way for adults and youth to join hands in volunteer activities for community growth.