Monday, December 15, 2008

This Bank Can Not Fail

We have joined with over 100 New Jersey Bloggers to raise awareness (and a little cash) to help out New Jersey's Community Food Bank. With the economy so bad, donations are way down. I know so many are hurting, and the Crotchety Household budget is stretched kind of thin, too. I'm squeezing out a couple bucks and passing it along. I know I am asking to help NJ residents, but, if you live in an area that is hurting, I'm sure your neighbors there could use the help, too. I won't mind if you made a local donation.
And if you are lucky enough to live in the Garden State, maybe you could brownbag lunch one day this week, or skip the coffee at DD, and send a few bucks along. If everyone does a little, it will mean a lot.


One thing many of us don't understand unless we have personal experience is that our social network in the USA has some flaws, some cracks to fall through as it were. I've been fortunate enough that I had family to help me out, and not so long ago, I was nearly in deep sh*t. My medical bills were about seven hundred dollars a month more than I made. One med was $600 per month alone. According to the various social service people I contacted, I didn't qualify for any assistance because I made too much. They only go by the gross amount, so you can easily see how someone with a special situation could find themselves in trouble quickly.

Here's a list of the participants:

Here's where a few bucks could be tossed:

I'll be back to the usual nonsense tomorrow.


The Hussy Housewife said...

That is very un-grinchy of you! The whole health system is this country is messed up. I am sorry you can to experience that first hand :( But now you have the opportunity to pay it forward! Whos says you are just crotchey??

Paul Eilers said...

It is amazing to me the awareness of such issues that can be found on blogs.

Santa has now put you on his 'Good List', Crotchety.

Merry Christmas.

Unknown said...

Crotchety, if you knew me and my other blog you would know why you just upped in ranks with me, all the way up to PEDASTAL! I love the fact that you posted this. You are a sweetheart. Tell the Misses awesome!

A New Yorker said...

What a great idea and post. I completely understand the "you make too much" BS statement. The way the government sets up it's programs and requirements makes it nearly impossible to qualify for help. It's very very screwed up.

ReformingGeek said...

Our local food bank is also experiencing shortages. Good idea and nice post!

Unknown said...

Ah, Crotchety Old Man with a Heart of Gold. :)

Of course, we knew that before. But still.

CastoCreations said...

That is a very good bank to save. :)

And I gave you an award on one of my blogs ... hope you like.

Kirsten said...

Okay! Now I guess I will have to stop being a grinch this year!

eve cleveland said...

Shhh, everyones is going to find out what I already know. You are a sweetheart.

Da Old Man said...

@ Hussy: I try to pay it forward. The Mrs and the Spawn say I'm Crotchety. :)

@ Paul: Thanks, and may you and your family have a Merry Christmas

@ Etta: Thanks, I keep telling her, it doesn't help.

@ Adullamite: Thanks

@ Lauren: It seems as if it is designed to make one dependent, rather than to just help over a rough patch

@ Reforming: I know many are struggling. Sad.

@ Jenn: Trying to keep that on the downlow

@ Casto: Thank you. I'll be by in a few minutes.

@ Kirsten: You're too nice to be a grinch

@ Eve: Shhh. Don't let that get around.

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

aw, you big softy you!

You are definitely on the nice list this year Crotchety. I am experiencing this firsthand myself, so I am very sympathetic to those in need. That's why I make sure to put a buck in the Salvation Army bucket every time I go. I know there are people other there that have it even tougher than I do!

Marvel Goose said...

We help out here at the Food Bank, too. I did give you a thumbs up stumble, maybe it will get some traffic to this appeal

Da Old Man said...

@ Petra: So true

@ Marvel: Thanks.

Lipstick said...

Excellent post, Crotchety.

Jormengrund said...

Just think..

If this blogging for hunger thing fails, you can always appeal to Congress for the cash they didn't give to the automakers!

Just make sure you walk, or carpool to the hearing!

Anonymous said...

this is a great cause, thanks for posting about it!

Chat Blanc said...

This is awesome. Neighbors helping neighbors, we've lost so much of that over the years.

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