BayArea Residents Launch Call for National Compassion Holiday
By Sfnewsfeed.us · Updated on Tuesday · Taken in San Mateo, California
SAN MATEO, CA (12/31)- Local Bay Area leaders recalling for a "NationalCompassion Day". The purpose of such an event would be to, "to honorand celebrate the senior community. This holiday will emphasize education andvolunteerism to support this community while encouraging a greater nationalgoodwill towards those that brought us to where we are today.
Their petition states,"We the people call on the U.S. Congress toestablish an official federal paid holiday in honor of Compassion for Seniorand Disabled Citizens, on the 15th of March. This should include a CompassionDay of service, education and awareness for community involvement, with thecomplement of offerings by the people of the United States toward Senior andDisabled Citizens...."
According to the authors,"The economic and emotional impact of such aholiday cannot be underestimated. Senior and disabled care centers struggle toafford the barest of essentials. More importantly, the residents of thosecenters can live out their days lonely and forgotten. The simple act ofrespect, attention, and compassion can be the greatest gift of all..."
According to members,"Among the many citizens of our great country, two ofthe most ignored groups are also some of the most in need of compassion andrespect: Senior citizens and Disabled people. While some of these peoplereceive the care and respect they deserve from friends and family, many areforgotten as they live out their lives in care homes. This website and itspetition are on a mission to change that.
According to group members, the ultimate goal is to,"When it achievesenough signatures, the ultimate goal is to bring it before the US House ofRepresentatives to consider a bill. Other alternatives include generating avote for it or getting support through local representatives andorganizations..."
March 15 is the date for the proposed National Compassion Holiday. Whenachieved, March 15 will be a day to:
* Encourage volunteer service to aid senior centers and disabled-carefacilities
* Encourage donations from individuals and businesses
* Promote respect, education, and awareness for senior and disabled citizens
* Unite all people across race, religion, and politics in a new spirit ofcompassion and giving
* Help the world re-evaluate what it means to be older or disabled in oursociety
* Please help out today by signing the petition. It only takes a few seconds tochange the world.
Furthermore,"The proposed National Compassion Holiday takes theimpassioned pleas of President Barack Obama – that we should devote more ofourselves to service and compassion – and focuses it on this needy group. Whenthe petition achieves enough signatures, it will be brought before the US Houseof Representatives with the ultimate goal of being discussed in the upper tiersof government. Please take a few moments of your time to sign the petition. Anentire generation – and generations to come – thanks you for yourcompassion...."
When asked what people can do on the local community level to help theprogram,"Volunteer at a Senior center or disabled-care facility. Call andsee if they need donations. Organize with your church or neighborhood tovolunteer as a group. Call your parents and grandparents and spend time withthem. Anything that offers compassion and support is a step forward in ourmission..."
Stephen Ulrich voiced his support, saying,"Both my parents were dead bythe time I was 29 years old. My father had Alzheimer’s, and by the time Igraduated from college to come out and help my mother take care of him, it wasessentially to put him in a rest home. He died there one week later. My mother,due to the stress of taking care of him, contracted lymphoma and died fouryears later. Her sister was in a rest home with MS, and we had been visitingher there for years. With my parents gone it was left up to me. She had adaughter who lived back east, but she had stopped visiting 5 years earlier. Itwas just too painful. I must admit that the visits came to be less and lessfrequent. She was in a new full blown rest home, and she was actually one ofthe lucky ones. The place reeked of urine and feces, people were literallymoaning and screaming and wandering the halls, mostly in their wheelchairs. Itwas a difficult place to visit, and I used to have a few pops before I went upevery time. I think when she passed it had been nine months since I had seenher the last time...."
According to CEO and Founder, Michael B. Villalpando, the reason for the deathis,“One day I was at a hospital with my mother for lab tests (unfortunately,she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer). We were out in the hallwaywaiting for the hospital staff and we noticed down the hallway a nurse and anaide assisting a disabled patient. It was a very touching and sad moment. Iturned and looked at mother sitting down and said to her, ‘I hope to one dayhelp people like that’. My mother turned to me and said, ‘Don’t worry son, wewill.’ Shortly after my mother passed away. This cherished moment was on herbirthday: March 15.” Ulrich noted,"If you have parents, know of anyonedisabled, or plan to ever come incapacitated yourself, you might want to pay itforward and at least sign this guy’s petition. It’s free, unless you feelcalled to contribute, and only takes a second. Your old age Karma might justdepend on it...."
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