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Letters: Richmondites: Give your COVID recovery cash to those in need

Dear Editor, On Dec.
The B.C. recovery benefit will be getting rolled out soon. File photo

Dear Editor,

On Dec. 18, the provincial government invites all British Columbians over the age of 19 to apply for a one-time BC Recovery benefit payments of $1,000 or $500 (depending if your are a family, single parent or single individual) 

There are various eligibility criteria. For example, if you are single and your net taxable income is less that $62,500, or net family income is less than $125,000, you are likely eligible for this payment. 

Here is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a difference to those who need it most. 

I strongly encourage you to give a portion of this benefit back to your communities. Heck, give it all back!

Whether it’s to your local food bank, your local adopt-a-school food program, or even the United Way, whatever non-profit agency resonates with you — give!

A lot of people really need this money but a lot of individuals and families in B.C. have not had their wallet impacted by COVID-19. 

You are now in the enviable position to help your favourite server whose restaurant closed or that retail clerk whose store shuttered due to COVID-19.

Imagine this…..3.7 million British Columbians are going to be eligible for this money.

If every single Recovery Benefit recipient took 10 per cent of their payment and gave this back to their communities, their neighbours, the person they don’t know;  imagine millions and millions of dollars going to those who need this money the most.

Think about how you can make a small or a big difference….just this once.

Deborah Charles Freedman