Okay, this might sound corny but Lady Diana Spencer is one of my personal heroes. She was the first public figure to be seen and photographed touching, hugging and holding people with AIDS in the earliest part of the AIDS epidemic. Not much was known, including how it was transmitted. I lost a lot of personal friends during that time so it meant a lot to me personally to see Lady Diana speaking up for them.
She had great compassion and love for others and this was reflected in her many years of doing charitable work. I always admired her for having the courage to stand up and be heard as a voice of compassion for others. I think that she tried to use her celebrity in a positive way; by bringing attention to the causes she cared about.
Her life work and example as a humanitarian made a great personal impact on me. I really admired her and wanted to help others in need, too. I currently work for a non-profit organization called TechSoup Global http://www.techsoup.org/stock/Default.asp?visit=1 that directly helps other non-profit charities to implement & upgrade their IT infrastructure so that they can improve and expand their ability to reach out and help even more people in need. I’m a regular financial supporter of At The Crossroads http://atthecrossroads.org/ and the San Francisco SPCA http://www.sfspca.org/. I also attend local charity fundraisers and give money or food to the homeless or hungry when I’m able.
I’m not a rich person by any means. I live in low-income housing. I don’t make enough money to own a car. I’m disabled and have very high monthly medical bills. I barely make enough money to support myself at times but it means so much to me to be able to donate $5-$100 when I’m able. Every little bit of money counts so I do what I can with my financial resources. To me, the point is that you do something, even if you can’t always give money.