2020 was a strange, tough year for a lot of people, and we'll be dealing with the aftermath for a long time. In these difficult times, it's important to continue to be cognizant of the hardships of those less fortunate, less vocal, and less represented.
We know that our local community consists of a wide swath of people of varying backgrounds and means, and know that the pandemic did not hit everyone equally or evenly. Some had to scramble to care for children and loved ones as schools and other facilities closed, and others didn't even really notice when they were closing. Some struggled to adjust to the shifting social expectations and others felt little had changed for them personally. Some wrestled with tough financial decisions as their jobs and income were eroded or even extinguished, and others made their way through the months of quarantine never having to worry about the loss of a job or an expected payment that might never come.
Speaking to those people who found any or even just some financial aid an absolute necessity in an incredibly stressful time, we want you to know that we stand with you and ask that you refrain from donation. Our aid is not meant to come at the expense of the wellbeing of those offering it.
If, however, you land on the other end of the scale, and may have found the government stimulus or other aid unnecessary for their own situation, to consider using excess funds to support those in need, either globally or locally through MCC or some other such organization.