December 5, 2019

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonate in each human being committed to a purpose larger than oneself.

Charitable deeds are in fact so much greater than the act of giving. Even the smallest gesture of kindness can be transformative. Have you ever been the recipient of a free meal paid for by the person in the car in front of you at a fast food drive-through? Such a simple act of generosity can change one’s perspective on life, if just for a day.

Moreover, kindness has a ripple effect called “paying it forward.”

In Orange County this holiday season that so-called ripple effect reached givers across the local spectrum of philanthropy. The 2019 National Philanthropy Day honors were celebrated and bestowed upon individuals and businesses dedicated to being Gandhi’s instruments of change.