Thanksgiving Economics

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In November of each year we take the time to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, the holiday holds special significance given that we remain in the midst of a global pandemic. With millions of individuals unemployed and food banks overwhelmed by the need, I’d like to point your attention to Thanksgiving economics.

The Hungry

Most people underestimate the power and impact of their monetary contribution to those struggling with food insecurities. Truthfully, one dollar can go a long way in making a difference. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, every dollar donated helps to secure and distribute meals to those facing hunger.

This is critical as a recent report indicated that 51% of low income families, particularly parents, are skipping meals so that their kids don’t go hungry. The Education Trust-West supports this data documenting that 36% of parents have skipped meals in order to ensure that there is enough food for their kids. Now more than ever, thanksgiving economics matters.

In light of such, I want to encourage you to find an organization, church, or business that has committed to feeding those in need this thanksgiving. There’s no shame in getting the help and support you need, but it’s also important that we work together to help make a difference.

Shelter

Thanksgiving is typically celebrated for 1-3 days, depending on your families traditions. However, this year, thanksgiving economics requires giving and thankfulness beyond this moment. Why? Because in thirty days or less many will face housing crisis and eviction notices. In case you are uninformed, federal and state unemployment benefits are set to expire on December 26, 2020. Additionally, the federal moratoriums against evictions are set to expire on December 31, 2020.

So, while you might be focusing on those without something to eat during this holiday season, let’s not forget those facing evictions and homeless. In some shelters $25.00 can fund someone a night of safe shelter along with resident services. Again, I want to encourage you to find an organization, church, or business committed to reaching those in need this Thanksgiving and let’s make a difference.

As we enter into this holiday season, think of Thanksgiving economics as a simple idea. Is there something you could do without for a day, week, month or even year in order to make a difference in the life of someone else? I’m not talking about some big ticket or costly item. Actually, to be honest, it might not even be a thing you have to sacrifice. Just remember understand that your small contribution of a few dollars during this pandemic can drastically change a life.

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