The second was a little more somber: The Salvation Army reports that donations this year are down 13% from previous years' figures. At first I thought "well, yeah that's because everybody uses debit cards and doesn't have change for the little red buckets." But then I realized that couldn't be the reason for a 13% drop. Debit cards have been around for years and it hadn't affected donations this badly before.
It made me stop and think how devastating it must be for many families this time of year. To not only be struggling to pay the normal bills and costs of life, but to add the stress of presents, a tree, decorations, a big Christmas dinner, and other holiday expenses that add up.
To hear that even the charities trying to help these families are struggling made me want to chip in! I emailed Laura to see if she'd be up for another
So here's where you come in!
Each comment left on this post between today and Monday, December 20th will equal a can of food donated to a local Chicagoland food pantry.
Leave a comment for yourself, your mom, your dog. Tell me what your favorite color is, what you want for Christmas this year, or what your middle name is. Just leave comments so I can
And if you'd like to join in too, just let us know! We'll add you to the list!
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