Living in Chicago was the best experience of my life. I loved every minute of every day I was there – and it was definitely not all sunshine. The first year, especially, was hard. I was blessed to be able to work two jobs but there were still times when I ate only Ramen and had to ransack all my coat pockets in hopes of finding enough change to get on the bus. I also was blessed to have parents who could float me some cash when it was necessary, so I knew that even on my worst day I would not starve or be homeless.
Not everyone has that kind of backup plan or peace of mind.
When I moved back to the East Coast to work in Corporate America, I quicky realized how bad the economy was. I was laid off THREE times in thirteen months. We scraped by but not without resorting to selling my beloved David Yurman ring in order to pay some bills.
Stuff happens. Life happens. Not everyone has a safety net during these times, and no matter how hard they try or work it’s often not enough. Enter Modest Needs (@modestneeds). They can help people who help themselves with our help. See? We’re all helping each other. I encourage you to familarize yourself with them, whether you’re on the “give” or “take” side of help.
But this post isn’t even to ask you to donate to them, today. Today we just need you to help them win a $250,000 grant from Pepsi so they can help the newly unemployed in the Gulf. The money will go towards those who have lost their livelihoods due to the spill, and families who are waiting for long-term aid.
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