“Michigan’s winters aren’t the best which means heating bills are going up and on top of that there are people who are working or learning at home so their heating bills are going up as well,” said Stacy Averill, Community Vice President. giving to Gleaners. “All of these things are coming together now and are bringing additional anxiety to households as they try to navigate trying to get food on the table.”
In Cleveland, people lined up outside a house in trendy Ohio City on Saturday to donate toys to their young parents. The house serves as a pantry for most of the year, but doubles as a toy center during the Christmas season.
Among those who put her name on the toy list, a retiree said she was looking for her grandchildren. “I never had to get Christmas toys for free like that,” she says. “Sometimes you have to swallow your pride.”
The woman said a check for $ 600 could help her family stay afloat. “Right now we’re trying to live month to month, and a little more money could help us get to the next month,” she said.
David Caron, 22, recently got a job at a J. Crew store in Boston after working part-time for DoorDash, the delivery service, and collecting unemployment benefits. He said a $ 600 stimulus check would not be enough to help him recover from the toll of the pandemic.
“We bail out businesses and corporations all the time,” a frustrated Mr. Caron said on Saturday. “When it comes to helping the individual, we are left behind.”
Carly Stern reported from San Francisco, and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from Aurora, NY Reporting was provided by Daniel McGraw from Cleveland, Maria Jimenez Moya from Boston, David Montgomery from Austin, Texas and Kathleen Gray from West Bloomfield, Michigan .