I was at a college reunion a couple of years ago and out of a class of 300, 32 had died. Their names were read off, and as I looked at the remaining classmates around me, I could find no patterns as to why they had died -- no rationale --the football stars and sorority beauties, the nerds and the artists, the rich and poor, all had passed on.
The same it true today. We seem to be arbitrarily stricken. And now in this worldwide virus, we are worried and concentrated on those we care about – family, neighbors and friends.
But we need to also be concerned about those who suddenly lost their jobs because businesses have been shuttered – restaurants, beauty shops, shoe repair stores, cleaners, etc., many of whom suddenly have no incomes.
Here are some suggestions on how we may be able to help a bit:
• If and when that promised “up to” $1,200 a month is sent to those who qualify, perhaps we could donate some or all of it to food banks. If you and your family, especially those of you retired, don’t really need the income, why not donate it to help feed others, to provide enough money for nonprofit organizations to buy food for the homeless, the disadvantaged, and the disabled?
I don’t need the fed handout to eat, but others do – and if we all gave to food banks or local churches who supported the poor, what a wonderful opportunity to help, and what better time than now?
These government checks won’t come for another three weeks, but we can plan ahead.
I was going to provide a list of reputable food banks, but thought it would be better if you decide where to donate and give money to those you think are most needy.
It’s the least we can do as a local and caring community.
• I was talking to the man whose workers clean my house every three weeks. He has a crew of nine women work who fives days a week for their entire wages. “Last week three of them worked twice during the week, the second group worked once and the third group didn’t work at all,” he said, “because people were afraid to have outsiders in their home. I understand, but I don’t know how to pay my workers who depend on me to pay for their rent and food.”
His crew did not come last Thursday, because I told him I would pay for them anyway – and for thei next scheduled visit. I’m not the only one doing this.
We should do the same for our gardeners, our hairdressers, our barbers, manicurists, restaurant servers, etc. They are going without any income, and I doubt they will get the $1,200 monthly grant promised by the government, so we need to keep on reimbursing them (perhaps by buying gift cards now that we can use later after they are working full time again), or purchasing take-out-dinners from restaurants -- just to help them get by now.
We are all in this together and we all need to help everyone out as best we can.