With another winter storm and last week’s Hurricane Sandy leaving New York City and the east coast in devastation, the Twitter and social media atmosphere were sending much love to those affected. In times of devastation we tend to band together and unite as a community. Much like our beloved Answers community the purpose is to inform, support and provide help. Currently, on the homepage of Yahoo! 6,796 people have donated to the hurricane Sandy relief efforts totaling $377,097.
Even in rough economic times Americans are still one of the most generous countries in the world. According to a CNN.com article “American benevolence is unmatched. China, which boasts the second largest economy in the world, is one of the least generous nations on Earth when it comes to charitable contributions.” So even when household budgets get smaller, our charity does not, it just adapts and adjusts.
It’s encouraging to know that our sense of empathy has not diminished. In times of natural disasters, tragedies or other humanitarian calamities our sense of a collective community is still reignited and we donate either our time or money by volunteering or supporting charities.
So why do you think, even though America is described as an individualistic society that we are still the most generous?
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