|Posted on December 18, 2016 at 11:20 AM|
I blame it on The Walking Dead.
Once a year, I go into full-blown “emergency preparedness” mode and stock up on water, non-perishable essentials, survival basics, gallons of water, and extra batteries. I check flashlights, count extra candles, make sure we have extra pet food and baby food, and ask my husband to verify a full tank of gas in the generator. Living in Seattle means it’s a good idea to be ready for “the big one” and winter storms are common here, too.
And of course, there’s the whole apocalypse thing.
Then, once I’ve double-checked that we’re good to go with emergency essentials for at least a month of survival, I go to the grocery store and buy a cart full of non-perishable items to donate to the local food bank because some people are in survival mode on a daily basis.
Homelessness is at an all-time high in the United States, and parents struggle to provide meals for kids when they are not in school. Many kiddos do not get any gifts for the holidays. Families are looking to improve their lives, but this time of year can be extra hard. These needs can be invisible. We may not see hungry faces or empty stomachs, but they are there in silent ways.
This holiday season, if you can spare just $20 on extra food for your community, you will be doing more to help others than you may realize. Toy drives, coat drives, donating worn out clothes. Diapers, formula, and baby items are always needed and often overlooked. Even going to the dollar store and spending $20 on food goes a long way!
I also ordered some items online from Costco and had them directly shipped to the local community bank, making sure the shipping label says “donations” so they are delivered properly.
So just a suggestion if you’re looking to contribute to your community in a positive way this time of year.