Ruth Fritz, Contributing Writer
Charity Week has convinced me that all women have the potential to be little princesses.
Perhaps I should explain what I mean. To me, a little princess is not necessarily a girl who dons a tiara and wears a shiny, pink ball gown covered in copious amounts of sparkles. No, my model is based off of the book “A Little Princess.” In “A Little Princess,” a princess is shown to have a certain mentality. She cultivates in herself a sense of honor, imagination and a kind and generous spirit.
Charity Week fosters all three of these qualities. In fact, it’s a training ground for them.
One cultivates a sense of honor by doing the right thing, which of course includes a commitment to the defense of the sanctity of human life in all of its stages: the born and unborn, the juvenile, the mature and the elderly. Charity Week fosters a princess-like sense of honor by supporting a commitment to the sanctity of all human life.
But a commitment to doing the right thing is not enough; a princess must also find a way to motivate herself and others not only to do the right thing, but to enjoy doing it. Charity Week, therefore, is an ingenious invention because it encourages us to enjoy giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. All we have to do is participate.
However, it is important not to get lost in the fun and to forget the purpose of Charity Week.
That purpose is multifaceted: Charity Week is designed not only to encourage monetary contribution to selected charities, but to create an environment where kindness and active interest in the affairs of others is inculcated. Generosity as an attitude is encouraged, and that goes beyond mere monetary assistance.
During this year’s Charity Week, the juniors chose to support The Least Among Us, a charity dedicated to providing resources to underprivileged, high-school students in El Salvador. While donations have been made primarily to pro-life charities in the past, this year’s selection demonstrated an understanding that it is not only important to support the beginning stages of life, but also the development of the whole human person from childhood through adolescence into adulthood. Children and adolescents are at a very vulnerable stage in their lives, and so they need the most assistance in development. Unfortunately, many children do not receive the care they need from their parents, if they are lucky enough to have parents at all.
In the year 2012 alone, there were 5,107 confirmed cases of the abuse, abandonment or neglect of children in Dallas County – that’s one out of every 131 children living near the University of Dallas Bubble. Children are mistreated and abandoned all over the world, but with programs such as Charity Week, we can begin to solve these problems.
The creative and generous spirit of the continuously successful Charity Week should be an encouragement to the UD community to keep expanding its efforts to support all groups that promote the sanctity of human life. Many excellent organizations are always looking for volunteers. If you can’t volunteer your time, consider donating money. I realize that telling a campus full of people who have already dedicated a week to kindness to give more may seem insensitive. Most certainly, I commend you for what you have already done, but I encourage you to look for additional ways to serve others – inside and outside our royal Bubble – all year long.