I belong to a social group for working moms in Wilton – we recently collected money for our local Social Services agency to help families in need during the holiday season. Through our efforts, we managed to collect $1,300 in addition to purchasing several holiday gifts to help fulfill some kids’ holiday wishlists.
In discussing the efforts, an acquaintance questioned how far $1,300 would go in a town like Wilton only because around here, the cost of living tends to be high. Basics are expensive, the cost of gasoline is higher than most parts of the country, and the large homes are expensive to heat. True, when you look at it that way, $1,300 doesn’t sound like a lot, and many people might opt out of donating because they feel like their contribution may not be impactful. In reality, however, EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR counts. Consider the following: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) does not cover personal products (soaps, shampoo, feminine hygiene, grooming items and cosmetics), paper products, medicines, vitamins or household supplies. Families who depend on SNAP to get by would be required to pay for the items out-of-pocket, and most items can hardly be considered “luxuries.” If I pulled prices out of our local supermarket circular and discount department store: