Wants Versus Needs — How One Family Decided to Share Their Stimulus

For many Americans during this time, the stimulus check isn’t just a “nice to have” — it’s something they’re depending on for basic needs like paying rent and buying groceries.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, over 20 million Americans have filed for unemployment and many more are expected to follow suit in the months to come. While the stimulus check and unemployment benefits will help cover some of the initial damage from this crisis, there are a lot of unknowns about what will happen when people begin to reach the 6 month term of their unemployment status and the checks will stop coming in.

The stimulus package has proven to be effective in covering many peoples’ short term financial responsibilities, but the sad truth is that it just won’t be enough.

While this is the sad reality for over a tenth of the U.S. population, there are many Americans that have been impacted very minimally (if at all) by the recent changes in the economy. Some industries easily transitioned to the ’stay at home’ restrictions and retained the jobs for their workforces, while others were forced to lay off or furlough huge portions of their staff. For those who still have a steady income during this time, the stimulus check is welcomed but not a matter of immediate need.

This realization has led thousands of Americans to give their stimulus checks away to individuals who need the money more. As of Sunday, SharetheStimulus.org has recorded over $600,000 in pledges from over 1,200 individuals from around the nation who are giving their stimulus away to someone in need. As pledges are submitted, donors are sharing their stories and explaining how the stimulus check is the perfect chance to give back during this time of uncertainty.  

One anonymous pledger shared, 

“We are blessed and financially stable and have no intention of keeping the funds for personal gain when we see so many of our neighbors struggling.”

Out of their financial stability, this donor recounts a particularly creative and heartwarming way in which they were able to bless a hurting individual in their community:

“We want to bless those who need hope and let them know they are loved. We have helped a young man with a hotel stay to keep him from living on the streets.”

Are you looking for a way to give back during this time? Join thousands of individuals who are pledging to share their stimulus checks with those who are hurting the most! 

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