Empathy is important, but understanding compassion and how it can impact others is essential. Compassion doesn't mandate any requirements. It's a form of kindness. One doesn't have to know what it's like to be in need to be able to help or support someone else in need.
Whereas with empathy, we channel our conditions to understand, share, and level with someone else, compassion is all about giving undividedly. Everyone has a role to play, and it's up to us to decide what that role is and how we can help. But there's always a way.