Even if they are employed, the working poor turn to the generosity in their own communities when hardship strikes, and even in this country, it strikes far too often. We’ve all probably heard the social disclaimer that most of us are only a paycheck or two away from facing difficult times.
It’s for those reasons and for Dave, who has worked so diligently on this drive over the years, that we all should dig a little deeper into our shelves and cabinets — and maybe even fill a sack at a local grocery store for someone who needs a decent meal more than we do.
What’s oftentimes hard to relate to people is why certain families face hardships. It could be because a breadwinner ran off, simply never to be heard from again. It could be because of fallout from legal action, or because of family strife, or drug or alcohol abuse.
Whatever the reason or reasons people find themselves in difficult circumstances that challenge their very ability to support themselves, it should not be a challenge to any of us to look in the mirror and say quietly to ourselves, “There but for the grace of God go I.”
Ten days from now is plenty of time for all of us to act, to send Dave off into retirement in style and to send the real spirit of community to people who are waiting as patiently as they can to survive.
If that’s not a special delivery for the postal service, then nothing ever will be.
Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.