A few weeks ago, my wife and I were talking one evening, and we felt particularly blessed amid the uncertainty that surrounded us. We had food, water, short-term emergency storage and a dual income that doesn’t appear to be threatened. We’re not wealthy, but we are taken care of. Then our conversation turned to the stimulus money — and we realized we didn’t need it. Of course, we could use it to bring down our mortgage (there’s plenty of that left!), or throw it at a large landscaping project and lawn renewal we would like for our house (and believe me, our lawn could use the help), or buy new phones. But we didn’t need to do those things.
And a question formed for us — should we give it to someone who needs it during this critical time? And the answer seemed clear: yes. In the weeks since we first talked, and now having the money in hand, I’ll admit that those personal desires feel rather louder in comparison to giving the money away. But the adage comes to mind, “Never suppress a generous thought.”
And we encourage you to do the same — reach out to those in greater need than you and help them stabilize. Whether you can give all your stimulus, or half of it, or even 10%, do what you can. It could be a family member, your neighbor, the local food bank or a struggling small business. Just find a need and help.