When it comes to the holidays, we’re often reminded of all the things we should be thankful for. But we rarely think about the people we’re grateful for — our families.
For some, the holidays can be a time of feeling left out. For children, holidays can be a time of loneliness or anxiety, and for parents, the holidays can be the saddest time of the year. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Many people feel as if they are out of a sense of belonging. But that is not the reality for everyone, and isn’t only the case for low-income families. This is especially true in the black and Latino communities.
Research shows that nearly half of those who struggled to make ends meet this year were unable to spend more than $250 on holiday gifts for their families. Nearly a third of all parents with no work reported having trouble affording gifts. Those who were able to purchase gifts said that they would have had to choose between buying food or gifts. If you are low-income, you know this struggle all too well.