Pay forward to strugglers
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.