I went grocery shopping yesterday, and the store (Wegmans) was having a checkout donation program, as they often do, this time for the Red Cross. Add a dollar to your bill, and it goes to help those affected by the flooding in our area.
As I stood in line, I heard my clerk and those around ask over and over, “Would you like to donate one dollar to the Red Cross?” Most customers said no. And I don’t want to judge, because I don’t know their circumstances. They might have been in the flood themselves. They might have just donated ten bucks with their Text 2 Help program. They might be doing a lot more than donating a buck. Or they might think, “What good will a dollar do?”
There was at least 500 cars in the parking lot last night. If everyone who was in that store during that hour gave one dollar, there’s $500. Multiply that by how many hours per day that store is open, and by the 18 days this particular fund-raiser is going on, and you’re talking about a seriously good chunk of change.
Is that dollar going to make a difference to you? I doubt it. Heck, I’m pinching pennies like crazy, but I spent a dollar extra to buy a name brand, rather than store brand, frozen pizza. (But honestly, if the store brand had the Buffalo Chicken flavor like DiGiorno has, I so would have gone for generic!)
Driving through the valley, it’s heartbreaking to see the piles of debris in front of houses. What’s been reduced to mud-covered garbage was once useful, even treasured, personal items. Completely destroyed. Lots of clothes, furniture, appliances… things that at one time, someone was excited about buying. Alright, maybe no one is ever excited about buying a new water heater, but you still want it to last as long as possible before you have to replace it.
I’m not saying, “I’m wonderful! I donated a dollar!” I know it’s a tiny drop in a colossal bucket. I know others are doing a lot more to help. But it’s a little way that each and every one of us can do something that will make a difference to those in need.
And now… I’m going to weed through my closet to find clothes to donate.