I heard something tonight that I found rather heartbreaking. That is that first time users at the food bank have spiked 41%. That's a lot. Here we are living in such a blessed and wonderful country, and so many are having trouble feeding their families. I know that for many of us we are just a paycheck away from being on the street, but there must be something we can do.
One of the things my family has tried to do is to come up with $10 a month and use it to purchase food to donate to the food bank. I know, there are times when coming up with that measly little $10 is pretty hard, but if you can I know it makes a huge difference. There is a store in our neighborhood that has cereal for 99 cents a box. We purchased ten boxes one month and took them over. Less than $10 can buy a case of canned vegetables at Costco or Sam's Club. When soup goes on sale for $1 a can, we buy ten and donate that. It's really pretty easy.
I know first hand how it feels to receive that kind of help to care for your family. A few years ago I went through heart surgery, followed by two kidney surgeries. Seven months later my husband had emergency eye surgery. Even with insurance the medical bills piled up. And when my husband was out on disability our bills weren't met by the disability checks. We received food assistance through our church which literally saved us. We wouldn't have made it without that help.
This is the season to count our blessings and reach out to those in need. Pick up a box of Stove Top at the store, or a couple of cans of beans or cranberry sauce. Stop by the food bank and drop it off. It will make you feel good, and you'll help to lighten one family's burden. Believe me, I know.
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