Giving within your means can mean something different depending on your situation. For some, it’s financial parameters, for others it’s time. Often we can put create small groups of people and find a way to do something that may not get done without each other.
The Chelsea Community Connections is one of many organizations collecting food to distribute to families who face food insecurity. While we need to continue to collect and distribute food throughout the year, we do tend to rally around Thanksgiving where a meal is at the heart of the day.
One mother wanted to put together a basket of food for a family in Chelsea but didn’t have the financial means to do all of it on her own. Four other mothers wanted to participate but with 50+ hour a week jobs and families, they didn’t have the time to get the shopping done.
It’s easy to see where this is going…everyone pitched in money and the mother with the time did the shopping and delivered the basket. The point is, it would have been easy for each of them to think “I’d really like to do this” but then not follow through based on whatever constraints they have. It takes sharing the idea and being honest with what you can contribute. At least one more family will have a Thanksgiving meal with tons of food on the table, and perhaps you too can get a group together to do the same.
And don’t forget, these families need us to remember them throughout the year so if you think to do this in February or July – do not hesitate!