About National Good Samaritan Day
National Good Samaritan Day also known as Good Samaritan Involvement Day, is a day for unselfish actions to help those in need and to celebrate kindness. It is not an official national holiday, but one that should remind us to keep an eye out for one another, and to help whenever you can on a daily basis. See how you can make a difference in a strangers life today by putting forth the effort to help someone in need and performing an act of kindness.
The term “good Samaritan” comes from the Bible. In the story, a Samaritan helped out a stranger who had been beaten and robbed. The Samaritan went as far as to put the stranger up in an inn and pay for his lodging. Now the term us used to describe someone who unselfishly helps a stranger in need.
The day is observed on March 13th, to mark the death of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, who was murdered near her home in Queens, New York in 1964.
The case became famous as many people heard the screams but nobody came to her aid, and this is known as the 'Bystander Effort', where we all assume someone else will be the Good Samaritan.
Recently the whole incident has been called into question, with inaccuracies in the reports of how many heard her cries for help highlighted.Find out more