Most years, Nedia Mays’ family lends a hand for her church’s Thanksgiving food basket program for needy people by assisting with signups, pickups, or deliveries. This year was different, because she found herself on the receiving end of an offer to help.
On Nov. 21, Nedia, who is single and lives in Western Hills, was among 100 families in need who received a $50 Kroger gift card. The giveaway was a project of United Way of Greater Cincinnati in conjunction with the Cincinnati Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” program, Kroger, and Legacy Pointe Church.
“It was a small blessing,” she said. “My uncle had just passed that morning, so (the giveaway) gave me a way to keep my mind off it for a few minutes.”
In fact, Nedia has faced several challenges. She works in the healthcare field but left her job last year to care for her ill mother. Before Nedia returned to work, she became pregnant. It was a difficult pregnancy, but the baby is healthy. However, with COVID-19 raging, and the need to care for her infant and her 7-year-old son who has developmental issues, Nedia did not want to risk going back to work. So, the grocery gift card was, indeed, a small blessing.
The dawning of a new year can bring hope, but the pandemic continues to cause hardship for many families in our area. United Way of Greater Cincinnati is working hard to ease the strain they feel, but we can’t do it without your support.