My mother used to tell me that charity begins at home; it is in this spirit that I offer a thought:
Local families are affected by the recent storm in ways that may not be immediately apparent. No water in the basement, no downed trees. And yet some families are at risk now of losing their homes.
When a storm wreaks havoc and life comes to a standstill, many people lose time from their jobs. For some this can be a major inconvenience, but for others — hourly workers or those without the luxury and comfort of a savings account — it can be a tragedy.
Conscientious, hard-working people, through no fault of their own, were unable to earn the paycheck that keeps their lights on and their children fed. These are families who have never had to ask for help until now.
I applaud the generosity of those sharing resources to rebuild and clean up after Hurricane Sandy, and just offer this gentle reminder that we need not look too far to help.
Mom was right — charity begins at home. Lawrence Community Center and HomeFront will put your donation to work right here in Lawrence. http://www.homefrontnj.org/Donate-AA2011.cfm
- Pepper Evans
President, Lawrence Community Center Advisory Board