To the editor:
Merry Christmas! I am writing this letter for two reasons. First to bring attention to people who are less fortunate than others and to let people know about some services that are available in our community.
A few months ago there was a program put on by Western Community Action, Southwest Health and Human Services and United Way of Southwest Minnesota. It had different services that are offered to the public, mainly low to mid low income people. It was very informal and informational. I found out about a homeless shelter called The Refuge and know of some people who have used it.
But now it looks like I may see how it's done first hand. By the end of the month I may be a homeless person along with my adult son and pets.
How does this happen? I'm a hard worker and sometimes things go wrong or get out of hand. (We're being evicted.) So with working, looking for a place and helping out other people, it's come to this. I join thousands of people around the U.S. who will have nowhere to live (my tent was stolen two years ago and I have no car so I can't live in them.) A box if it's big enough may work (I wish it were summer, Santa.) But I pray a lot and I have faith in God. Anyway, I will look into these alternatives and see where we end up. I am thankful that I went to that community program and thank the people who put it on.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa, but there will be no Christmas for me and mine cause there's no place to put a tree up or anything to get presents with. It will truly be a blue Christmas.
So as people gather this year say a prayer for the homeless out there and for help they get if they get any! and me.
And may the New Year be better for everyone.