sometimes i come across a quote that bears some kind of significance and i want to share it with you dear readers. sometimes it's based on where i am in life or a certain event, sometimes a quote just reminds me of a friend, or sometimes it makes me think.
as we approach this holiday season, i'm startled by the drastic number of people who will be going without. this year is no different from others, where families with tough circumstances cannot provide enough for their loved ones.
one of our local non-profits, the upper valley haven, has started to experience extreme food shortages this year. and i'm not talking about prepping for thanksgiving. i'm talking about parents who pick up a week's worth of food for their family because without being able to supplement their very minimal food budget, the parents would go without dinner so their kids can have a healthy meal. and these parents do this week after week.
hearing stories about these people struggling makes me cry, but knowing there's a way to help inspires me.
mike and i are lucky to have enough money to never go without a meal. and while we don't have a ton of extra cash lying around, we've got enough to help others who would otherwise go without.
i challenge you all to consider picking up a few extra cans of veggies or soup when you're at the grocery store next and donate it to your local food bank. or maybe your market offers something like hannaford, a 'helping hands' box that costs you $10 and is filled with basic non-perishable foods that food pantries need most. you may never know how much your $10 contribution could help someone in your community. you may never know what a 69 cent can of green beans could do for a family's meal. you may never know that one can of soup could be dinner for parents who serve all the food they have to their children.
you just never know.
giving creates one of the best feelings. knowing your small contribution could make such a big difference in someone's life should give you a huge feeling of satisfaction and pride for bettering your community and not letting anyone fall through the cracks when they're hungry.
so, in the spirit of giving, let's give!
to find a local food bank in your area, click here.