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18 01, 2021

Six Lesser-known Facts about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2021-01-18T14:35:18-05:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: charity, Holidays|Tags: , |

On the third Monday of January each year, we celebrate a holiday dedicated to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He is the only other American besides George Washington to have his birthday commemorated as a national holiday.  In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor him.   Dr. King is inarguably one of the most influential figures in United States history.  And although revered for his commitment to Civil Rights and non-violent protests, including the well-known March on Washington in 1963, there are many other fascinating aspects about his short life that are not as well-known.   In honor of his birthday, FirstLantic shares six lesser-known facts about the iconic leader who died at only 39 years old. King entered college at [...]

5 01, 2021

The One Resolution We Can All Keep

2021-01-05T11:07:23-05:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: charity, Mental Wellness|

Every year millions of people around the world make resolutions most of which are broken by the end of January.  So, what if this year we all made just one resolution and stuck to it. What if our one resolution was to treat everyone we meet with respect and dignity.  What if we speak in a civil tone even if we disagree with each other.  What if we appreciated another political viewpoint even if it’s wildly different from our own as long as it wasn’t destructive or violent in nature.  And what if we went out of our way to be nice to another human being that was lonely just once a day or even once a week. Now, this may sound a little utopian [...]

29 12, 2020

Pay it Forward All Year Long

2020-12-29T12:03:52-05:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: charity, Loneliness and Isolation, Pets|Tags: , |

Many people give back during the holidays whether they volunteer at a soup kitchen, contribute to their favorite charity, or provide a gift basket to a family in need.   However, after the new year, many of us go back to our regular routine and feel like we’ve already done our part.   And while the holiday season's effort is much appreciated, many people will need help long after the festivities are over.  2021 will be a very different year for millions of people. The pandemic has left much of our service economy in a terrible state, along with the workers that gained their livelihood from restaurants, retail stores, hotels, etc.   There are direct results for every business that closes, and then all the other trickle-down effects. [...]

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