Each year my daughter and I spend an hour at the Keene Community Kitchen. We stand behind a table and she counts off a certain number of oranges to hand out, depending on the size of the family on the other side of the table. We also bring non-perishable items to donate to their food bank. We've done this since she was one.
Although handing out food at the Keene Community Kitchen for one hour each year isn't much, I'm always surprised by the impression it makes on my daughter. Now four, she remembers details about the people who passed through the line last year, and will likely recognize some of them this year.
With a 3% unemployment rate in 2006 and an ever growing rate this year, there are more and more families in need of shelter and food.
If everyone contributes a little more this year, drop off a bag of clothing and blankets, a box of cans of food, or even helps distribute food as we are, we can better support those who are needy. Instead of complaining about how the government is helping certain people and not helping us, give a little. This is the season for giving!
If you don't have time or don't know where to start, a very small donation does go a long way.