Words into actions: making a difference this holiday season

By Pankti Mehta.

Child abuse is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society. Every day there is a loss of 5 innocent children to child abuse. The sad truth is that every 13 seconds, a child is abused by a parent or someone close. These were cold, hard facts, and I wanted to do something about this.

I partnered up with an organization called ChildLine, a 24-hour nonprofit that provides counseling services to children that are dealing with neglect, parental divorce, etc. I was thoroughly passionate about this organization’s cause, but they desperately needed funding. I wanted to make a difference, so I decided to go door to door in my community collecting donations and raising awareness.

The positive encouragement and enthusiasm was remarkable. Raising awareness for an issue I truly cared about gave me a deep sense of personal satisfaction, and I was so glad I had the wonderful opportunity to bring the people of my community together for a deserving purpose. 

It was a tremendous amount of hard work; completing about 20 hours of going door to door in different neighborhoods to collect donations and raise awareness is no easy task, but I would say it is the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. I could see the sense of fulfillment with the generosity of everyone’s donations. Every door I went to, the request for charity was responded with no reluctance, but rather an overwhelming enthusiasm to help. A whopping three hundred dollars was collected to provide for the counseling of our future generation of youth. To me, this symbolized that the concern for child abuse, after having raised a voice for this, is now not only limited to me, but to my whole community.

As mother Teresa very eloquently said, I alone cannot make a change, but I can cast a stone across the water to create ripples. I cast my stone, and I am overjoyed that I could help our next generation by helping an organization that would support them. I am a humanitarian, and I will always strive for causes that will help uplift our humanity as a whole.