(fi-lan-thru-pee) - n, pl -pies
1. the practice of performing charitable or benevolent action
2. love of mankind in general
from Greek: love of mankind, from philos loving + anthropos man
The word "philanthropy" was coined in Ancient Greece. According to historians, the mythological Titan god Prometheus (whose name means "forethought"), who created mankind out of clay, is the world's first philanthropist. His creatures, however, were not inspiring; they had no skills of any kind, nor knowledge, and lived in caves, in darkness, in constant fear for their lives. Zeus, the tyrannical king of the gods, decided to destroy Prometheus's creation. But Prometheus, out of his "philanthropos tropos" - his "humanity-loving character" gave his creatures two gifts to enhance their quality of life: fire, symbolizing all knowledge, arts, sciences, technology and practical skills; and "blind hope", or optimism.
Just as Prometheus empowered the human race with his gifts, you too can make a difference in the lives of our residents. Become a philanthropist for Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center -you have the power to give them hope and use your "fire" to enhance their quality of life. There are many types of "fire" you can choose from.