International Day of Charity 9/5/17

September 5ª, the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death, is the International Day of Charity. The United Nations created this day to honor her commitment to serve those in need. So, to celebrate this day we are encouraged to engage in charity and to raise awareness on issues that are important to us. To honor of this day, we think it is important to highlight the poverty levels in our local community, according to the 2015 census:International Day of Charity

    • 11.8% of the population is living under the poverty line in Atlantic Beach
    • 18% of those in poverty are children and 4% seniors
    • The poverty line in 2015 was considered $11,770 a year for one person and $24,250 for a four person family

It is important to note that this statistic does not include those who are right on the poverty line and those who are just barely over it. With those two demographics included, this number would be higher.

Beaches Habitat for Humanity provides our local community a way for families to receive decent and affordable housing while also combating the grip of poverty. Here are a few reasons why donating locally to Beaches Habitat is a great way to celebrate International Charity Day:

    • You support those in our community who need a ‘hand up’International Day of Charity 2
    • You will be helping to change the future generations of our community since children of homeowners are more likely to graduate high school and go on to become homeowners themselves than children without similar experiences
    • You know that your money is going directly back into our community to help families in need of a decent home
    • You will also be able to see the construction sites progress and know that your money is going to good use

So, this International Charity day, consider donating locally to support those who are in need of decent housing and making strides in ending poverty in our local community.


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