While many are battling over education reform and or union issues, that isn't the major issue of the day. It isn't Japan nor is it Libya. What we are facing is the potential of major starvation right here in our own state and county.
I had an occasion to visit our local food bank. ABC food bank located in Athol serves Athol, Bayview and Careywood, ergo, "ABC." I saw food boxes that were given out in better times and I saw what was available today. The volunteers were apologetic, as if it were their fault they couldn't give more. These dedicated volunteers are beside themselves with sadness as they get to hear every sad and or tragic story on a daily basis.
Many more, perhaps 200% or more are having trouble feeding their families. Most have children, some older people that can't help themselves. I urge all of you that can, donate selflessly to the food bank of your choice. The inventories are drawn down to the point it is feared the doors may close.
The state of Idaho social services are no better off. One such service, weatherization, is two years behind on home inspections and weather related repairs. Energy Assistance the same. One recipient last year received a check for $250. This year with an equal circumstance, he got $77.00.
We are teetering on the edge of an abyss that hasn't been seen since the 1930's. Helping one's neighbor is not any longer for others, it's for you as well. Please help. There are food banks in most of our areas. A major distribution point is in the industrial park at Coeur d'Alene. Athol can be reached through the city hall at 208-683-2101. If you live too far away to deliver food, please send them a check.
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