Editor:


If you are fortunate your stimulus check was deposited in your checking account. What next? Go spread it around to the local merchants who need it and have not been able to serve you as usual or their other regular local customers.


Where do you normally spend your income but you have avoided either because you are in the vulnerable age group; or they are closed or limited in hours and services — they still need an income and you will need them in the future.


I made a list: My barber, my cleaning lady, my farm market, my garden center, my favorite hot dog vendor, my favorite bar and grill, my favorite deli, my neighborhood market, and your favorite watering hole where the band has not played in weeks and may never again unless they can get through “these uncertain times.”


Look around, is there a family, possibly your own kids, or senior friend who could use a few extra bucks that is waiting for an unemployment check? Or a charity that still needs to pay the bills and relies on spontaneous donations or events they had to cancel.


For those that are still out there working but wearing masks — your delivery people, postal workers, sanitation workers, newsboys — slip them a generous tip. They are at risk just by being out among others who may be infected, unaware or ignorant.


Get out your checkbook or put cash in an envelope and distribute it wisely. Your local merchants and friends will then distribute it to their employees and vendors and will be able to make a comeback. A check for $1,200 doesn’t go very far, but it doesn’t stimulate if it sits in your checking account.


Consider it a donation for humanity.


George Cassidy, Blairstown