National Good Samaritan Day
National Good Samaritan Day
National Good Samaritan Day is celebrated on 13th March, every year. This day recognizes the selfless act of people to help others when needed. This day is a celebration of kindness in all forms.
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Why National Good Samaritan Day?
According to the Bible, the term “Good Samaritan” describes a person who helps a stranger who has no clothes, food, or shelter. A good Samaritan is the one who not takes it upon himself to help such a stranger out by not only providing him with food but also taking him to a place where his good care can be taken.
This day is celebrated to honor Catherine “Kitty” Genovese. She was brutally murdered near her home on the 13th of March, 1964. A little humanity could have saved her life. According to researches, the killer of Miss Genovese was interrupted twice. Both these times, it was some neighbor or a trespasser. But both of them overlooked, and none of them came forward to help her or call someone for help. The third trespasser did not overlook the situation and called the police for help. But unfortunately, it was to law Miss Genovese was already dead.
This shameful incident should hit the conscience of every person. We never know; maybe a small act of kindness can change someone’s life. On the contrary, being ignorant of someone’s pain is the worst thing that we could do. The third person who reported the police was a good Samaritan. He helped a random stranger when he saw her in need despite having a different religion or ideology. Unfortunately, he was too late.
The historians still argue on how many bystanders that day ignored Muss Genovese’s cry for help. Some new articles even suggest that there were around forty people who heard her screams but ignored them. This incident is believed to be the reason for the creation of an emergency call 911. National outrage followed, which led to the creation of the 911 emergency system in 1968.
The term Samaritan encompasses all kinds of actions that are unselfish and generous. Being a good Samaritan is not a tough job; all it requires is a good heart and willingness to do goodwill for others. If your heart aches when you see a stranger’s cry for help, and you cannot resist the urge to rush and help this stranger out, then congratulations, my friend, you are a Good Samaritan. You are a true hero, and the world needs more heroes like you.
Today, every one of us is busy in our own lives. We don’t care about others. This day is a reminder for people of this generation that an act of kindness will not affect us much but may turn around someone’s life. Bringing a smile to a stranger’s lips gives a sense of fulfillment. This should make your heart full, and this feeling is very important. We should also encourage others to show kindness and set a good example.
How can we observe National Good Samaritan Day?
There are endless ways to celebrate Good Samaritan Day. It involves all acts that involve helping a stranger or making his day just a little better.
- Volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
- Donate books, clothes, and other essentials. This may also involve used clothes or books that are in good condition or buy new ones. Buying essentials is necessary for everyone to live, even if this burns a hole in their pocket. Your donations might be very helpful.
- Bring sandwiches and water to the sign holders on the road.
- Donate blood. This may be painful, but you might save someone’s life.
- Complement your cashier. This small act could make his day a little better.
- Leave anonymous notes that spread love in bathroom stalls, library books, etc.
- Leave cookies and a note for your mailman.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
- Tutor a child for free.
- Show some love on social media by promoting this day. Upload a picture and set an example for others. Use hashtags like #GoodSamaritanDay, #GoodSamaritan, #spreadlove, etc.
Interesting facts on National Good Samaritan Day:
Some interesting facts about Good Samaritan Day are here!
- Acts of kindness or compassion effectively boost happiness. It is medically proved as we feel happy from inside.
- The term “bystander effect” is a social psychological phenomenon where a person who is a part of a crowd avoids helping someone in need.
- There is a Good Samaritan Law. This law basically helps the rescuers from lawsuits who caused unintentional injuries during an act of charity.
History of National Good Samaritan Day :
The founder of this is still a mystery. It is celebrated on March 13, the day Miss Genovese died. To avoid such incidents, we should always keep our eyes open and help people in need. This can be a small act where you have to help an old man cross a busy street or pick up dropped the phone, and return it to the owner. We should spread love and happiness in every way possible to make the world a better place to live in!