Pay for­ward to strug­glers

Midwest Times - - OPINION - Rae­lene Hall

I just made a do­na­tion to Food­bank WA. It wasn’t a huge amount, but it will help a bit.

I can­not even be­gin to imag­ine what it must feel like to be un­able to pro­vide food for your fam­ily.

I hope I never have to find out, but you never know what is around the cor­ner in this crazy world of ours.

Some peo­ple be­lieve ev­ery­one should be able to take care of them­selves and their loved ones, that we shouldn’t need char­i­ta­ble ser­vices like this.

In a per­fect world that would be true, but we don’t, and never will, live in a per­fect world.

Peo­ple’s cir­cum­stances can change so quickly whether it be a di­vorce, death, ac­ci­dent, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, job loss or a disease.

We can only be pre­pared for so many things and when the uni­verse de­cides to knock us down we may well strug­gle to get back up.

It is stag­ger­ing how many peo­ple in Aus­tralia are cur­rently go­ing hun­gry and it is not just home­less peo­ple as many think.

The el­derly, in­firm and low-in­come earn­ers can also be among those who strug­gle to feed them­selves and/or their fam­ily.

Food is a ba­sic ne­ces­sity of life that we can’t do with­out. We can man­age with­out phones, toys, nice clothes, treats and much more, but not food.

Some peo­ple even man­age with­out a roof over their head, but they need food to sur­vive.

Many peo­ple feel ashamed, be­lit­tled and em­bar­rassed at hav­ing to seek food from a char­ity. I imag­ine there are plenty who go with­out rather than look­ing for help.

If you hap­pen to be one of those peo­ple, please take the help with the spirit in which it is given — from some­one who wants to help a per­son who may need help.

Hold your head up high. Just be­cause you need some help doesn’t make you less of a per­son. The day will come, hope­fully, when you will be able to pay for­ward the as­sis­tance you have re­ceived.

If you are pre­par­ing to sit down to a sump­tu­ous Christ­mas lunch spare a thought for those who won’t be and do­nate to the char­ity of your choice. If we all help a lit­tle, we can help a lot.

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