The last three years have been very hard on people, while the recession has made a mockery of everyone’s life. Jobs were cut, meaning paychecks were down, bills were up or so it seemed, and medical bills became more painful as the swine flu took its full toll. It’s been a tough few years and many people are still trying to stay afloat as the aftermath of the recession leaves us all wondering about our future.
Jobs are hard to find and even the ones that are found don’t even pay enough to cover rent, bills, gas, children’s expenses, medical bills, and that all-important aspirin at the end of a long day. Families went through a terrible fight to keep their homes, while others had to move from their family homes when foreclosure knocked on their doors. Christmas was painful for many parents as they were forced to face the fact that they had enough money to cover rent and bills and there were no Christmas presents on the trees.
Times are tough for many people and when there is no work, times don’t seem to get much better. Most people today receive unemployment checks, but even those don’t cover all the bills and other expenses and eventually even those checks will run out as well.
Fortunately, there is a program that can help families when it comes to Christmas and that is the Adopt-a-Family program. This program was very effective last year and is used just like it sounds. If you have the extra money you can adopt a family and help them with whatever they need.
The Adopt-a-Family program matches families in need with organizations and members and provides them with a list of items the family has requested. Then a member or organization can choose a few items to give to the family in need.
These gifts can include many things, such as helping to:
- Pay rent
- providing heat
- Home furniture
- and toys
The Adopt-a-Family program is a great way to help people who really need everyday things like food, clothing, and money to pay rent and bills.
Times are tough in today’s world and while we can all help make it better as the next year and decade go by, there is no certainty that it will get better. Donations help in the simplest way and when you don’t have much, you are grateful to receive something. When you are a person who is on the giving side, it is best to look at what you are donating and remember to donate something that works best for a family. This goes for any donation of food, clothing, furniture, or even a car. Donating money can be a great way to help those in need, but sometimes it just helps to have someone there, so be sure to donate your time too, even if it’s just a phone call.