Written by Teresa Smith, Manager of 211.
I know that I am abundantly blessed. I have a wonderful job, I have a car to get me to work, I have a warm home to go to every night, I have food available so that I can cook something wonderful for my family, I have a warm bed, and friends and family that would be there in a heartbeat if I needed them.
But what if I had none of the things above?
What if I had no transportation to get me to my job?
What if I had no job but had children to feed?
What if I had no place for myself and my children to stay?
What if I had no one to call to help?
As the Manager of United Way 2-1-1, I answer these calls everyday from desperate people who are just the same as I am but something occurred in their life and put them in a different situation where they needed assistance for the basics of living. Since January of last year 2-1-1 has answered 12,448 calls from individuals in these situations.
During this holiday season I hope that you will take a moment to be thankful for all the blessings you have in your life and help your fellow neighbor who needs a helping hand. If you know someone that is going to be alone for the holidays invite them to join your family for a meal, buy a toy for a child that you know is not going to have anything under their tree come Christmas morning, volunteer your time at a local shelter to help serve those in need.
It does not take a lot of money or time to make a difference in someone’s life. Sometimes it is just a voice at the end of the phone calming their fears and helping to make a connection for resources they are in need of.
Call 2-1-1 today to see how you can make a difference or if you know of someone in need of assistance. Help is really a phone call away.