I lost my job a month ago and no one is hiring. I have no car, I'm in a town of 1700. Most is poverty level here but I have a few good job hopefuls
which is good enough for me. I'm not on unemployment, I did just pay up 2 months of rent in advance (rent is 300 a month for my 2 bdrm apt I share
with my 16 yo son).
My thoughts and prayers are going to those 25 million who are losing their unemployment benefits as the holidays and Winter start. How awful and
horrifying. If I had a trillion dollars, rest assured each family would be getting 100k from me. Each single person trying to make it would too. If I
ended up with 100k once all was said and done, I'd find a way to help with that left over as well.
Everyone, try to do what you can. If you can even afford to drop off old clothing, some cans of food etc to your local food pantry, PLEASE do so. Most
are running bare and really, you never know when you'll be needing of those aids too. Don't ever think your job is secure or if you lose it you'll
find work in a week or so. That isn't the case. Once upon a time it was. Not anymore. One can go from having everything Dec 1st to having a street
corner or box in an alley way to call their home by Feb 1st. In a heartbeat. In a breath. You never know what upper management/owners are deciding
behind closed doors and you could go to work tomorrow, punch in and be leaving home unemployed 10 minutes later. It happens to the best of us. You
could get very ill. Or injured and be out of work. Savings can and will dry up within 6 months if you were lucky and smart to save that much. But
please, do what you can now to help those less fortunate. Even a single can of beans adds up. Even an old nasty blanket in your eyes is warmth to a
homeless child or family in a house with no heat/electricity.
People have lost their unemployment checks this week. 800,000 people now have no hope in a cruel country which states, 'You can find work so go do
it" What do you think they've been doing, the majority of those not working? You WANT to find work when you are losing everything you have. Trust
me on that. In 2 more weeks, most of the 25 million who are getting unemployment benefits will have nothing any more. Nothing. What about the rest of
us NOT getting unemployment and are under the radar? The govt guesstimates that number rises from the known 25 million to a more accurate 48 million.
1 in 7 Americans have no jobs. 1 in 7. How many people are in your family? Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, cousins, mom, dad, brothers, sisters. 1 in 7.
Jobless and losing hope.
Those people in that nice house across the street from you, the husband, wife and their 4 year old son. It's a beautiful home, yes? Nice manicured
lawns. Beautiful house all around. How about the inside? Are their cupboards bare? Do they have no furniture anymore with just air beds if they're
lucky? Are they looking at their bankbook with their last 300 dollars in it, wondering how they're going to survive once that too is gone? They've
already sold all they own inside to live a few more months, and now looking into selling their home. Of course, if they sell the home now, IF they
can even sell it, they'd be getting 80 percent less for it than what they paid for it.
How about your happy neighbor next door who is always smiling at everyone and asking how you're all doing. He's sitting there right now in his
kitchen, about to open up that last of 2 cans of chef boyardee... but somehow he hears about the plight of the neighbors across the way and walks over
and gives them his cans. The little one has to eat, after all.
Point is, you never know from a person's face or clothing or home how they're really doing behind closed doors.
Do what you can for people. And don't let it last just for the Holiday time. This has to become something we do constantly. If we don't start
helping each other out, how are we going to survive if we keep worrying about numero uno?
A lot of people will have no Christmas/Hannakah this year.
But a loving gesture will and does bring a smile and hope.
What loving gesture will you make?
This doesn't have to start and end with the Holidays either, mind you. We shouldn't need one week out of the year to do this for others. I also
think we should make friends with our neighbors, you know? Don't wait til the SHTF. Do it now. You never know when you may have to share food with a
neighbor; theirs or your own.