Knoxville — In the past two weeks, Chuck Galeazzi with Helping Hands has visited the Knoxville School Board and Knoxville City Council in the hopes of gaining support to make the town the most compassionate city in America.
Galeazzi was inspired to do this by the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities. In May, the Dalai Lama visited Louisville, Ky., to speak on compassion. Louisville had signed a Charter for Compassion and was selected to receive the 2012 Jack Olive International Compassionate City Award by the Compassionate Action Network International Institution in Seattle. For this, Louisville was honored as the "World's Number One City of Compassion."
"Being a compassionate city is both the right thing and the necessary thing to do to ensure that we take care of all of our citizens," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in an article at www.louisville.com. "There's a role for all of us in making sure no one is left behind or goes wanting."
Galeazzi would like to see similar action take place in Knoxville. He agrees that everyone needs to play a role in caring for the community. While he's spoken to government and ministerial organizations, he wants to reach everyone.
"It's the individual I'm trying to stir," Galeazzi said.
As we've reported, Helping Hands is working with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce to help get Christmas gifts to 300 local children in need. The Chamber has the names of these children and some Christmas wishes. As of Tuesday morning, the Chamber estimates that the names of 250 children remain.
Those who buy gifts have the option of delivering the gifts directly to families, or dropping them off at Helping Hands. Galeazzi would like gifts to be delivered to Helping Hands by Dec. 17. He said any help would be appreciated.