In an article in a national daily, KC Concepcion was quoted as saying, “We used to be taught that when you help others, be discreet about it. But that's not the case anymore. You have to let people know.”
She was not being boastful. But rather, she is setting an example. By using her popularity as means to make visible her efforts in helping people, she can attract more support. Honestly, how can you support a need that you don't know about, right?
KC Concepcion is our National Ambassador Against Hunger of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
Her effort reminded me of the many philanthropists in Iloilo City who had been very visible and vocal about the help that they have given society. To the malicious, this can be misinterpreted as being boastful.
But I think any good deed should be made public for two reasons: to set an example and to generate help in the cause. The stories of philanthropists are those that can inspire others to follow suit. Just imagine a world filled with so many philanthropists. Imagine how many lives are made better because of the increase in people's capacity to help others in need?
And by the way, do you know that helping others can reduce stress and increase happiness?
Have you noticed that every time you help someone, you feel good about yourself? Not only that, you make the receiver happy, too. Several researches have found that when you are more concerned about your society, you have better mental health.
Some people who have lost someone or something can naturally be depressed. They try to find solutions or meaning. From researches, these people have started to feel better about themselves when they started to join groups that help others. Or just extend help, even small or seemingly insignificant ones every day.
Want to help? Here are some suggestions:
Volunteer. Joining a charitable organization is a good way to help those in need. Your help can come through sharing your talent, fund-raising, food solicitations and even guidance.
Donate. Giving is never a question of whether or not you have the money to do so. It's an issue of how courageous you are in parting with even a penny if you know that your money can feed someone.
Learn to listen. People with needs want to bring up something. By listening, you show that you care. And from listening, you'll know a person's needs.
Spend time with a lonely friend, play with a stray puppy (large dogs can be dangerous), play and talk with street children, teach your friends how to cook and earn a living. There's so many things you can do, actually, to help and to make yourself feel better... and others, too./Marie Katherine Villalon

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