Short Stories for Your National Day of Service

cover of the giving tree
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered for standing up to injustice. His life taught us that sometimes some things are worth doing so that others might prosper. He died in 1968 so that others might realize the chance to live free from discrimination, in a world unpolluted by bigotry, sexism, racism, and religious discrimination.

In his honor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was granted a national holiday in his name, and rather than make this day about resting, America has made it about serving others. So, we serve in the name of making life better for other people in the same way that Dr. King did for us so many decades ago.

To fuel your passion for service today, Short Story Book Club has compiled a list of 5 short stories that remind us of the importance of helping others.

The Island by Armin Greder

“This allegory is an astonishing, powerful, and timely story about refugees, xenophobia, racism, multiculturalism, social politics, and human rights,” according to the publisher.

OSHO Compassion: The Ultimate Flowering of Love (Osho: Insights for a New Way of Living), by Osho

Here is a short nonfiction story exploring empathy.

Flowers That She Couldn’t Smell, bluebuddha, Kind Spring

This online story highlights the benefits of random acts of kindness.

A Mouse in the House: A true story about the mice who came into our home after Hurricane Sandy. Steve Tarpinian, et. al.

This is a short story for children highlighting compassion for others.

The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein

Here is a classic short story for children that illustrates selflessness.

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