And how does this relate to Modest Needs, you ask?
Simple. Browse a dozen or so applications, and more often than not you'll stumble across a story whose source of hardship is a simple, ordinary issue we all face on a regular basis: illness. The flu, for example, can rip someone out of the workforce for a week or more, which can mean precious wages lost. And when you're without paid sick days, you recognize immediately how run-of-the-mill illnesses can take a financial toll as well as a physical one. (Parents are at a double disadvantage. They need to worry about not only their own health, but the health of their children as well.)
This season, with swine flu on the upswing again, it will pay -- literally -- for all of us to do our best to prevent the spread of germs.
So happy hand-washing, and here's to a sickness-free fall for all!