GOOD NEIGHBOR NEWS
Helping those in The Gap
You hear about Beef & Beers in suburban communities all around the country. I had assumed they were just to raise funds to buy more beef and beer in the future. I was wrong.
Many aim to provide food and shelter to people in our midst, who may not live just over the fence line but are effectively our neighbors -- someone out of work, suffering a health setback, working to overcome other difficult circumstances, whatever -- who may live a block away or across town.
Point is, we can be good neighbors on a wider scale without a huge investment. I don't go out at night due to having a baby and also just not being especially fond of anything happening at night away from my home and family.
So when a guy I know in the next town said he was having one of these Beef & Beers I glazed over.
But he and others throw in loads of personal cash to assist those "in the gap," who aren't eligible for food stamps or other programs, but who need some food for their families, who need a new car battery to get to work (mass transit is not great outside many metro areas), or who need help paying another month at the storage garage where all their stuff is kept after a foreclosure or eviction so it won't go up for bid and have their kids' toys featured on some reality show as a great find.
Raffle tickets were cheap, and I bought two. Didn't break me, won't help to fund the next event, but I was a part of something that helped someone in my community.
NOTE: If you or anyone you know has lost items to a storage facility for not paying the bills, check
for ideas on getting back that sentimental stuff that has no real value for bidders and buyers. From children's artwork and family photos to urns with ashes and the useless stuff held close to someone's heart, these items find themselves in the trash right now, and shouldn't. Or, if you know someone about to lose their stuff, if possible, help to pay the bill, get their valuables out, and make sure kids' toys and photo albums aren't lost to people stuck in the gap.