To The Daily Sun,
I was sitting here thinking about the past holiday seasons and I realized that over the years the majority of charity services occur two weeks out of the year and that these same people we help at this time no longer get help even though their circumstances haven't changed. In fact these people just had their food stamps cut giving them even less to eat on. Now don't get me wrong. I think the majority of people in the Laconia area are very generous, especially during the Thanksgiving week and Christmas week. However, hunger and homelessness aren't just a two week problem in Laconia. They are problems 52 weeks every year. They are problems most of us would just as soon as ignore and most time we walk a way.
The reality is that helping those less fortunate makes a person feel good. When I was a child we always helped our neighbors in bad times.
One thing I've noticed is how many people walk by the bin at Shaw' for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. When I go shopping with my sister, whether it is Shaw's, Vista, Hannaford, etc., I always buy at least one item and put it in the bin on my way out. I got to thinking how fast these bins would fill up if everyone did that. See it wouldn't cost a person a lot. You can get a box of macaroni and cheese for less then 50 cents. You can get peanut butter for $1.50. A box of cereal for $2.00. And there are specials in all these stores every week.
My New Year's Resolution is to continue to buy at least one item and do my best to increase that to two or three. Helping others makes me feel good.