The Best Gift You’ll Ever Receive?

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

November 30, 2021

It is not uncommon today to hear someone else or some group has been forced out of their jobs, careers, and livelihoods because of a nationwide power grab. This just added more stress to the spiraling downward quality of living and economy over the past year. The poor are getting poorer and some are just not poor enough.

The not poor enough either have too many assets or too much money to qualify for federal or state assistance for afford food, housing, and medicine. The not poor enough often have to choose between eating, housing, or medicine.

Here is an example:

“At age 69, Sandi Zahar takes home around $3,100 a month from Social Security and her part-time job, but still relies on a food bank.

She has diabetes and is a cancer survivor, and estimates that about a third of her income goes to her health care costs. Her income is too high to qualify for food stamps or Medicaid. And she needs to keep working to make ends meet.

“I don’t know how long I am going to be able to work,” said Zahar, who lives in Texas. “Physically, I probably shouldn’t be working … it’s taking a toll on my body.”

She’s had to make some tough decisions on how to cut back.

“I went on an insulin pump because Medicare pays for it. I don’t like it, it’s not as good for me, but it’s cheaper,” she said.

Millions of Americans like her make too much money to qualify for federal assistance, but struggle to afford to put food on the table.

More than 41 million people are “food insecure,” meaning they don’t have consistent access to adequate food, according to Feeding America. One in four people who are food insecure aren’t likely to be eligible for most federal nutrition programs, a recent report from the hunger-relief organization found.

That means they either go hungry, skip meals, or rely on food banks to fill in the gaps.

Zahar gets a box of food from the food bank once a month.

She’s careful with how she spends money on food, buying in bulk when she can and cooking longer-lasting meals.” (1)

Americans have been known as hard workers who prefer to earn their own way. Americans have also been known for being generous to a fault and ready to help their neighbor. Their neighbor could be next door or on the other side of the country if a fire, hurricane, tornado, or flood hits.

There are many organizations available to help the not poor enough, victims of disasters such as a fire, hurricane, tornado, or flood. Do your own research on the resources listed below or others you may find. The organizations listed below are good examples of what can be done to help those in need; no endorsement is implied or given. You are free to mention other helpful resources in the comments section.  

Churches and other non-profits have experienced a financial downturn as well over the past year making their resources rather sparse.  In times past they could be counted on to provide assistance.

  “5 Minutes” Film

What if you are given “5 Minute” or less…? (2)

If you had to leave your home in 5 minutes, what would you take with you? This question is just as hard for a large amount of kids who are in our foster care systems today. It’s also a question we explore through the eyes of a child in this short film produced by Serena Collins.

With Christmas coming would you please make an extra special effort to help someone in anyway you can, either directly or indirectly. You’ll both be glad you did. It may be the best gift you’ll ever receive.

Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

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References

(1) https://money.cnn.com/2018/05/30/news/economy/food-insecurity-food-banks/index.html

(2) https://www.familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.org

https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/SNAP-Income-Limits.aspx

http://hfinaz.com

https://www.stvincentdepaul.net/programs/adopt-a-family-christmas-program

12 Responses to The Best Gift You’ll Ever Receive?

  1. AKwafrigeria says:

    Great post❤️

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  3. Equipping says:

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