Poremba: What can be done to help the needy?

Rantoul Press columnist

Last evening my husband and I watched a program on extreme cheapskates on The Learning Channel, and it really shocked me to see what this woman did to save money, including not flushing her toilet.

She would climb in a Dumpster to see what she could get for meals.

She invited her grown children and grandchildren to dinner and fed them the food she scraped from the Dumpster.

The people who put this show together said the woman was a millionaire.

The point I am trying to make is this: How many millionaires are there in the United States who could be helping the people in this country?

Just this country.

We have people out east who are suffering from Hurricane Sandy, followed by another bad storm.

We have really poor people who use the Dumpster because they have no homes and are really in great despair.

I wish I had a great deal of money so I could help feed the hungry.

Please pray for them.

I had a call today from a woman who needs a queen-size bed and a table and chairs for her kitchen.

Another call came in from someone who needs a cook stove for their kitchen.

If you have these items and can give them away, please call me at 217-892-4508.

Our next bus trip to the East Peoria riverboat will be Friday, Dec. 7.

The rest of the Beanie Babies were delivered to Carle Hospital for eighth-floor pediatrics. I hope this will bring a smile to the children’s faces. The Beanie Babies were donated by some kind people.

With the holidays coming up, please think of giving your elderly neighbors or relatives gifts of food that can go on the shelf or gift cards for groceries. Also items to keep warm with.

Savory potatoes
Two slices of bacon

Half cup chopped onion

One can cream of mushroom soup (10 1/2 ounces)

Half cup milk

Five cups cubed cooked potatoes

Black pepper to taste

In a saucepan cook bacon until crisp. Remove and crumble. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of drippings.

Cook onions in drippings. Stir in soup, milk and pepper. Blend well.

Add potatoes and serve.

Pauline Poremba of Rantoul writes a weekly column for the Rantoul Press, focusing on social and community issues.


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