AMERICA'S BIG GIVE
Now consider a tithe
Starting this week, our family, like many Americans, will be receiving a tax rebate check. I sincerely hope that the stimulus package will help the economy, but I wonder what it will truly do to help those at the bottom of the economic ladder or those who have lost their jobs or homes due to the economic downturn.
We can all make a significant difference in these people's lives by simply choosing to contribute a portion of our tax rebate to an organization that provides assistance for those in greatest need. If everyone receiving a tax rebate contributed just 10 percent of their rebate (an average of only $85), we could collectively raise $11 billion to help those families struggling most in the current economy. Now, that's a Big Give.
MICHELLE BALTUS PRIBYL, ST. PAUL [StarTribune Letter]