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Statistics show that more than 16,000 children die every day from causes we can prevent. Like many people who have a giving spirit, I have discovered that there is no greater expression of oneness than when I am able to show empathy through my giving to those in need.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is one that I am planning on contributing to this year. It is a United Nations program headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

As I watched one program on TV about the need for resources to help care for children who were near death from disease or starvation or a child left homeless or maimed because of war and violence, my very being was captured and I thought that this could have been my children or grandchildren.

If one person suffers because of a lack of humanitarian resources, then all of us in some way suffer. This is the “Law of Oneness,” a belief of many notables including Martin Luther King. They believed that if one person is hurting then it effects all of us.

We believe in humanitarian acts of compassion because when another person or child suffers, we hurt and we want to help.  If a child is physically abandoned or feels abandoned because he/she is not cared for, the child develops a sense of separateness in his or her world. The child feels insecure, hurt, mistrust, anger and loneliness and will take a long time to bond with anyone.

Caring for our children is one of the most important things we can do as parents and individuals as well as concerned citizens. There are many community programs that provide love and care for children and they need our support.  In Knoxville’s Lonsdale Community, a Boys & Girls Club afterschool program is closing due to lack of funds. The program serves a community with high poverty and high crime.  Now parents have to find other affordable alternatives for afterschool care, and I feel their pain.

So, let’s Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

Chaplain Walter Ghosten

By Chaplain Ghosten