My husband and I were at our kid’s school this morning for a meeting. After the meeting, I spoke with the school counselor. Our church is adopting a couple families in need from the school district and I was checking in with that as I am the coordinator for church. Anyway, my husband asked her if there were other needs and if the need is greater this year. She replied that the requests for Christmas help have doubled this year from last year!!!
Our elementary and middle school does the We Care program. The kids bring in non-perishable food items that are then distributed to needy families in the community. The school counselor also contacts families in need and coordinates their needs (anonymously) with churches, agencies, and individuals who then adopt them for Christmas! There is a non-profit group in the county my parents live in called Santa’s Helpers- this group collects money and gifts for people in need and distributes Christmas gifts to all who qualify. Our local Clothes and Food Basket (which is open all year) coordinates with churches and agencies to bring in specific things at Christmas for those in need.
I have heard on the news that many of these Food Pantry places are experiencing greater need this year. Partly because people are donating less and partly because of increased need.
I implore all of my readers to Pay it Forward or Back! Many of us have experienced hard times and many of us will experience them in our lifetimes. Socks and stretchy Gloves cost about $1pair. Cereal on sale costs $2 a box. Canned meat costs between $1 and $6 a can. A canned ham might cost $10. Fleece blankets are on sale in most department stores for $3- $5. Helping out is not expensive. If every single one of us donated one item, the help received would be amazing! Imagine if each of us donated one grocery bag full of stuff!??!!!
I challenge each of you to leave the lunchables and the ice cream in the store this week. Use the money you would have spent on those “extra” items instead for non-perishable food items or socks, gloves, stocking caps. If you do not have a place to donate them to, contact a local church (larger churches often have ongoing pantries or special programs), your local WIC office or Department of Family and Children. They will direct you to where to take your donations.
Thank you in advance!!!