Choosing Between Food and Warmth
13th May 2021
As a charity we are seeing more and more stories of those being made redundant and losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is just one story of a single mother in Cornwall:
This single mother has two older children living with her. She lost her job during the first lockdown and although she had found employment afterwards, she lost it again during the second lockdown. Her Universal Credit is being reviewed and she has very little money. One of her children cannot work due to mental ill health and the other has epilepsy and anxiety. This means she is the only one able to work. They have been surviving by using food banks recently, but when they spoke to the Advocate they had no way to pay for electricity to cook the food, or heat their home.
Acts 435 donors were able to pay for food and electricity for this family, and release this mum from the burden that she had been carrying. Here is what she had to say:
"I really am so grateful, thank you ever so much. I feel a great weight has been lifted off me, thanks to you. It has been a nightmare trying so hard to feed everyone and keep us warm. I never, never want to be like this again. As I have been struggling to cope, my children have become more anxious and it seemed there was no way out of the situation. Thank you for caring enough to help us. This will get us through the month. My children are just amazed by how kind you are. You have not only given us fresh food and electric, you have given us hope for the future. Thank you."