When people are needing, a day of work can help

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By The Staff

To the editor:

My grandmother had many sayings she liked to repeat to us growing up. One of her favorites was “everyone can afford soap and water.” I always thought this to be true until recently. Like many others, I was laid off earlier this year. At first I was not worried, I’m a hard worker with great references. I thought I could get another job very soon. That was over five months ago.

During the past few months I have met many others in the same situation – too many. For me, the savings are gone and there is nothing left. I didn’t know how I could pay the water bill this month to, at least, make sure if nothing else, my children could have hot baths and clean clothes. I never thought I would see a time when I could not afford soap and water. But last week something wonderful happened. A very nice lady who does not have much herself let me work with her for the day. I paid the water bill. She gave me the greatest possible gift, a day’s work. There will be no presents this year but that’s okay, my children understand that is not what Christmas is about.

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