Christmas Baskets – Blessing & Humiliation in one

trouser-pockets-1439412_1920We hit pretty low on the poverty scale in 2015 to the point where we were on the receiving end of a Christmas Basket.

That was quite a shock. It’s humiliating to need help. We tried to refuse at first until someone explain that the money we would save on groceries could help us give a better Christmas to our kids. We were also very grateful for the help and generosity of the people who heard about our plight and wanted to help us.

My spouse lost his job in October of that year. We are a large family and one salary is simply not possible, even with financial help. We were in a very real financial crisis and I’m leaving out the human aspect of losing a job and struggling.

The government recently restricted the amounts and the rules to get financial help. I am aware that the government is trying to solve the issue of fraudsters, but really deserving families end up suffering for it.

boxesThe unemployed still have bills to pay. It’s easy to say there are plenty of jobs out there, but when you eliminate the jobs that are too far from the family home, the ones that you aren’t qualified for, the amount of other unemployed or looking candidates. It’s not easy to find employment.

If we do not talk about these issues, we will get nowhere.

In addition, when I see announcements that the government paid millions to make Niagara Falls prettier at night, I have to wonder if the money is well spent. I know that they are hoping to attract more tourism, but will this money be used to help Canadians who are suffering and need our help?

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” – Sitting Bull

We are extremely lucky. My spouse found a new job within 4 months. We have since then bounced back and are now financially stable, I would even say comfortable now. It’s been quite a financial and emotional roller coaster. I am very aware that many families aren’t as lucky as we were and are still struggling to pay rent and feed their children.

This blog is dedicated to all parents waiting for better days.


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  1. I understand exactly how you feel, but… You are so right when stating that when help is needed, the generosity of others is such a comfort to those in need
    Trust me I know, 2015 was the worse year of my entire life. In 2014, my company closed. By March of 2015, I was suicidal, by August I was hospitalized, then homeless. Thank God I pulled out of being homeless, but it was a lesson of gratitude that was the most amazing thing to have ever happen to me.
    God Bless You & Your Family. šŸ™‚

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