Hi, this is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees.
Now that the BFCM frenzy is over, it's time to regroup and change our focus. If we missed the best deals, it's not the end of the world. There are so many people in our community who can't even put food on the table, and many who don't even have a place to call home, that missing out on a sale needs to be put in perspective.
Every time I fill out a form at a doctor's office, it asks for name and address. I always had an address. I give that for granted. Don't you? I wonder how people who don't have an address feel. If you don't have an address, you fall off the system. It's harder to get help. How can people find you? Where can you receive mail? Many people lose Internet access, and with the pandemic, most public libraries are closed or have restricted access.
Luckily, there are people like Linda Flores-Tober, the Executive Director of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, who dedicates her life to helping find homes for families who became homeless, and help prevent families from becoming homeless.
If this has been a challenging year for most of us. Can you imagine being at risk of becoming homeless? I can't. It is terrifying. But for many families in our community, it is, unfortunately, a reality.
Ms Flores-Tober shared, "I had to submit an accounting of one of our family's deposits for the year for a government program. Her total deposits including paychecks were less than $2500. If it were not for this program, they would have become homeless during the pandemic with a newborn. This is what poverty looks like in 2020. Working families with few opportunities, just literally living day-to-day. What always strikes me is her cheerfulness. She inspires me to be grateful for my own abundance."
I often feel that what I can do is not enough, and that thought is paralyzing. Don't you feel that way sometimes? That because we can't do everything, it isn't worth doing anything. But I firmly believe that we should shake that thought right off our heads. That every little counts. And that even if we can't change their entire economic situation, a small gesture that can make them feel better, even if for a moment, is well worth it.
That's why I invite you to join me in this Buy One, Give One campaign to benefit the families served by the Coalition. Last year we did it with soaps, and this year they prefer lip balms. So for every lip balm that you purchase, South Mountain Bees will donate one lip balm on your behalf. So buying one, you also give one at no extra cost to you.
The Buy One Give One campaign will run from December 1st to December 11. The more you buy, the more we donate.
No code needed. Just purchase any lip balm of your choice, and if you buy a gift set that has a lip balm in it, we'll match that too!