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As atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and Humanists, we unfortunately drag along an undeserved stigma. We are assumed to be grouchy, misanthropic, apathetic, and even evil. Let's show how ridiculous that stigma is, and make it quite plain that people can do great things without an associated church and superstition: On Sunday, August 25, join the Humanist Association of San Diego and the San Diego New Atheists and Agnostics as we reach out, with care packages in hand, to our fellow San Diego brothers and sisters in need.

This is about more than just showing that secular people can be good. It's about empathy, altruism, and compassion - as Jason likes to point out, one of the best ways to become a more compassionate person is to do compassionate deeds.

I would like to extend a big, warm "Thank you!" to those who helped at our June outreach... It was a great success! I have again assembled care packages for the needy - included inside are combs, soap, instant coffee/tea, socks, and water bottles. All you have to do is provide your kind, helping hands (and feet, since this is also a bit of an urban hike).

I hope you can join us!

- Vicky Cortes, HASD Community Service Coordinator


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