If you are getting your stimulus check from the federal government and you haven’t been harmed, if you have your job and job security, if you’ve suffered no adverse economic damage, if you are spending less money than you ever imagined possible – take this money and donate it to a food bank, animal shelter, equine therapy stable, or any one of thousands of non-profits devastated by the financial consequences of these stay at home orders. Their margins have always been paper-thin and now the estimate is that donations across the board are down 50 percent or more. Many won’t survive.


From a biblical, charitable, patriotic and many other lenses, this seems like a neat idea. And if you can’t do that, at least wait until your local businesses open back up and spend there – splurging on Amazon could almost seem to be gross and the opposite of shared-sacrifice.


Chuck Petersheim


Catskill Farms


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