Money is tight, and living on unemployment alone is tough. But this doesn’t stop me from wanting to give, whether it’s the little bit of change in my pockets or the baked goods for the neighbors.
I can’t give to everyone who needs it, though I wish I could. There are no kids in this house, so I’m thankful because I don’t have to wonder about how I would make Christmas happen. I know so many are out there, people who can barely feed their kids and they have no gifts for them this year. I used an old gift card that was sitting around to buy a little bit of stuff to go into the toys for tots bin. I have a package of diapers to go to the food bank, because I know food stamps don’t buy the necessities sometimes. You can buy pop and crappy junk food, but not toilet paper and diapers.
Anyway, the point of this post is not to brag. It’s to remind you, like I had to remind myself, that there is something you can do. For more than ten years, my family ran and organized an angel program where we got dinner, gifts and clothes to more than 150 families. I miss doing this, but I know in my own little way, I can do what I can.