Letter to the editor: $1 can make all the difference

$1 can make all the difference

I read with admiration Friday’s article about the Chamber of Commerce handing out grocery money from “Random Acts of Kindness.”

I thought how nice, especially this time of year. Large family gatherings and lots of goodies can strain a budget.

I was thinking about this while in line at a local grocery store… in front of me was a lady with a few items and in front of her was an elderly couple. They put their few things on the conveyor belt: A package of chicken wings, a box of oats, eggs, bread and canned goods.

As the clerk rang up the bill the lady got out her money: The clerk counted it out and said something to her. She began digging into her purse and out came a little coin purse. She began counting out coins and the lady in front of me remarked how they were holding up the line.

Then the clerk shook her head and the lady looked to her husband and he shook his head … she then reached into one of the bags and removed a can of peaches.

The clerk subtracted the amount and handed the lady a dime and penny back. I grabbed my purse and pulled out a dollar but she smiled and said, “No thanks, we don’t really need them” and they walked out with their purchases. I thought how very sad. The folks with that full basket that received the Chamber of Commerce money probably felt sure they could pay for their goods and I’m sure they were grateful.

But just ten dollars would have meant so much to this couple and if they had that $50 from the Chamber they would have thought they won the lottery.