Are we enabling people into not working harder to take care of themselves, are people taking advantage of the good will and good nature of others, is there truly a need...??
These are some of the comments you will hear.
After volunteering at our local food bank, Daily Bread, I will admit that I sometimes feel a few mixed emotions myself.
...Not impressed by the impatience (and sometimes quite rude comments) of those that have to wait in line to receive their foods,
...So very impressed by the single father who chooses every item based on what his little daughter loves,
...Heart broken by the young/single/working mother who is embarrassed but thankful that she can get enough food to feed her children,
...Tickled pink by the learning disabled older gentleman that gets up and offers his chair to a very pregnant young mother with a toddler also in tow,
...Thankful that although we did not have a lot of money ourselves growing up, and a lot of mouths to feed, we had chickens (hence eggs) a big garden filled with fresh veggies all summer, and canned veggies all winter, as well as fishermen and hunters in the family.
Whatever your emotions or opinions are, you must admit there is a need to help our fellow man on occasion. As most of us overeat and overindulge during the holidays, perhaps we could each cut back a bit and donate an item or two to a food drive instead.
This could be a win-win. As we cut down on our mass over-consumption, which is good for us, we could donate more, which is good for the community.
With Thanksgiving coming up this Thursday, this weekend is a big push for food drives. The state and local (Putnam and Plainfield) police are teaming up for their annual "Handcuff Hunger" food drive. Details from WINY Radio:
HANDCUFF HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
Date: November, 22nd 2014 8:30 am - November, 23rd 2014 3:30 pm
PUTNAM POLICE, CT STATE POLICE, AND THE PLAINFIELD POLICE
HANDCUFF HUNGER FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT LOCAL FOOD BANKS IN NORTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22-23
8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
PUTNAM: PRICE CHOPPER AND STOP ‘N SHOP
KILLINGLY: ALDI’S AND STOP ‘N SHOP
PLAINFIELD: BETTER VALUE
CANTERBURY: BETTER VALUE
I am a Putnamaniac that gives thanks, gives of myself and gives often!