Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 2, 2013
For the less fortunate

Families taking care of families. Isn’t that the way it used to be?

Things are a lot different these days. Now some don’t have families or jobs or a roof over their heads. Some have roofs over their heads, but no laundry detergent or shampoo. They may have food stamps. But guess what? You can’t buy hygiene products like shampoo.

The old system of people caring for neighbors, families, friends and each other seems to have become a thing of the past. Guess I’m from the old school, but it seems to me the good old USA (especially Tooele) could use a little protesting for what is needed to help the unfortunate of this community.

We are all equal and deserve a shower when we want one and a hot meal when we’re hungry and clean clothes to wear. But if you have no capital due to your circumstances, where can you go and what can you do? I am a volunteer for relief services and I have gained a lot of strength from our “other” population.

At relief services we are grateful for the quilts and lunches that clubs, churches, scouts and other organizations provide. However, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but, it just isn’t enough. We need more grants, more donations, and better facilities for our “other population.” We need clean clothes. We need our legislators and congressmen, on up to President Obama if need be, for assistance.

What if you had a major catastrophe and didn’t know where your next meal was coming from?

Relief services provides services to “relieve” those who are in crisis. They have excellent case managers who work miracles. They find housing and clothes and job interviews. Those case managers even manage to get them nice clothes to wear to the interview and a round-trip bus token.

Let’s write to our representatives and congressmen. Let’s see if we can take a step back in time and do for ourselves, our families and our friends. It’s time to start a nice, quiet protest on behalf of the less fortunate.

Kit Roberts

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