Update: YOU DID IT YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARDS!
Yesterday I had the rockin’ job of calling up the directors of the St. Hyacinth Food Pantry (who happen to be my aunt and uncle) and telling them I was sending them a check for $1,500 so that every single family that gets a Christmas food basket from them this year will also get a gift card to buy presents for their kids.
In a normal year the pantry would run a MASSIVE toy drive and distribute everything from stuffed animals to bikes, but it involves multiple volunteers, hours of going in and out of places to collect donations and drop them off, and families lined up to choose things at a time when the virus is out of control in their neighborhood. Everyone’s been really understanding about it, but it’s hard on the little kids to have nothing to put under the tree.
You’ve made it so that they can. You’ve given hundreds of families a terrific holiday season. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It’s that time again, guys.
It’s harder this year.
A lot of people aren’t okay. And getting help is harder, because everything is harder right now. Forget about live music and drinks at bars and other things we “took for granted,” getting a damn doctor’s appointment is harder right now. Getting groceries is harder right now. Putting gas in the car. Going to work.
Getting help, too, is harder.
My aunt and uncle run a food pantry in a neighborhood in Milwaukee that’s hard-hit by the virus and wasn’t doing real great before it. Every year we raise money to add to the generous donations of food that they get for the holidays, because if you’ve gone without any little luxury for long enough you know how great it can be to just have something nice. A toy. A gift card so you can get some coffee or a sandwich without overthinking your bank account. Something to live like a person for a minute.
Every year we set a goal and it’s usually modest; this year, too. I’d like to see us raise $1,500 but if we fall short, we’ve got a donor willing to make up the rest. I don’t want anyone to donate if they’re on hard times, but if for some reason passing all understanding 2020 has been kinda good to you, hit this donate button and pass it on: