It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing about the increased summer demand for help in feeding hungry families whose kids were no longer getting free breakfasts and lunches at school. Now, we’re full swing into the holiday season. Many of us are blessed enough to have more than enough to eat, warm houses and enough money left over after all that to buy gifts and celebrate the season.
I know many families struggle to provide a nice Christmas for their kids, but there are a lot of worthy groups helping with those efforts. Children tug on our hearts at Christmas, but the poverty rate among our seniors is also very high. Many elderly people in the U.S. have only Social Security as their retirement income. I often have patients who tell me they can’t afford to come to their physical therapy appointments because they don’t have enough gas in the car to get them through until their next check.
In an effort to make a tiny dent in the need our local elderly face, I will donate 50% of my royalties for the month of December to our local food bank. All e-book and paperback sales will figure into the donation.
Wishing everyone a warm someone to hug and a joyful holiday season!