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Grocery gift cards can fight homelessness

Posted on Fri, Jan 21, 2011

Cape Cod Times / Letter to the editor

Grocery gift cards can fight local homelessness

Rachel Carey-Harper's Jan. 11 My View, "Judged by how we treat homeless," surely awakened the consciousness of many of your readers. She brought the plight of the homeless in our community vividly to our attention. She called on us to help.

I remind readers of a practical, no-cost way they can join in preventing the problem. The Dennis Yarmouth Ecumenical Council to Prevent Homelessness sells gift certificates for most grocery stores. Five percent of what is spent is donated to the Housing Assistance Corp., which assists families at risk of losing their homes.

These cards can be purchased at the Cape Cod 5 banks, the Cape Cod Cooperative Banks and the TDBanks in Dennis and Yarmouth, as well as at many local churches. When you buy a card, you receive full value at the store where you shop. A $25 certificate buys $25 of groceries. It costs you nothing to use these gift certificates. But you are participating in a 15-year-old program that has raised over $1 million and saved hundreds of families from homelessness.

If readers make the effort to shop in this thoughtful way, we can help to build a community we can be proud of.

Mary D. Joyce