By Deb Taylor

What is humanitarianism? Its simply humans providing assistance to other humans in need. Each year, on August 19, we celebrate World Humanitarian Day. In Atlanta, there are many ways to provide help and assistance to our fellow man. Not only on August 19 every year, but every day of the year.

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Hands On Atlanta
600 Means St. N.W., Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30318

One of the many programs offered at Hands On Atlanta is the Meals 4 Kids Program. Not only on World Humanitarian Day, but all year wrong. Every week, Meals 4 Kids put together backpacks packed full of foods and snacks that do not need refrigeration. Each child returns their backpack to their school on Monday of each week, and the process begins again. Children are the future, they should be taken care of. That’s exactly what Meals 4 Kids does.

Atlanta Day Shelter For Women And Children, Inc.
655 Ethel St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318

At Atlanta Day Shelter For Women and Children, Inc., their mission is to help homeless women and children. They strive to help these women to learn valuable skills and become self sufficient and maintain their dignity. The Critical Care Program is the most utilized program at the Day Shelter. This program provides for the most basic needs that people take for granted each day. Everything from shelter, food, basic hygiene items to clothing, these necessities are given to these women and children. People helping people is what it’s all about.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank
732 Joseph E Lowery Blvd. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is on a mission to feed the hungry. Feeding the hungry is one of the greatest forms of humanitarianism there is. When someone is hungry, it affects and impacts your life greatly. The food bank is a great source of food for Atlanta. They partner with soup kitchens, senior centers, food pantries, childcare centers and shelters, who in turn get the food out to low income families. They provide a much needed service for the citizens of Atlanta and all over the state of Georgia.

1017 Fayetteville Road, Suite B
Atlanta, Georgia 30316

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Chris180 strengthens families and heals children. They provide behavioral health services and support systems for families. They specifically try to provide a better future for children in the state foster care who suffer from mental disorders. They provide counseling for these troubled youngsters and they strengthen families and build community.

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation
5582 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30341

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation stands in the gap of underinsured and non-insured Georgians. They help with low cost dental and vision care for the underinsured and non-insured. They do have a large network of partners in the Atlanta area that help provide these services to citizens in the state of Georgia.

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3240 Clifton Springs Road
Decatur, GA 30034
(770) 323-5858

Medshare strives to improve quality of life by delivering surplus medical supplies and even equipment all over the world. Over 100 countries worldwide have received lifesaving help from Medshare. They partner with hospitals, distributors and even manufacturers to recover unused medical supplies to distribute where they are needed. Because of Medshare, countless lives have been saved.

World Humanitarian Day is the special day set aside to celebrate helping people around the world. After all, people helping people is what we were meant to do. All of the above programs are worthy of celebrating and are in great need of volunteers to help further their causes. Why not support these groups with your time, not only on August 19, but every day of the year?

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