Outside of only the most urban of areas, people depend on their cars to survive. The majority of families and individuals must have a vehicle if they want to be able to remain healthy, feed themselves, get an education or remain employed. Cars are crucial for most Americans--without one they don't have a livelihood.
At Modest Needs, we see a great number of people who are seeking help in order to remain or become mobile. Maintaining a vehicle can be very expensive, and the largest of those expenses is the gas that makes them go.
Unfortunately, gas prices are back on the rise. Motorists are pulling up to ever increasing fuel prices at the pump, and some analysts think a gallon will be $3 or more by Christmas time. In some places it already is.
The timing couldn't be worse. People are still struggling with unemployment in a recession that isn't going away any time soon, and higher gas prices are only going to cause more desperation for those already digging their way out.
When you feel inclined to give this season, why not reach a hand out to a hard-working person who is on the brink of losing a vehicle? Or to someone who is driving on dangerously bald tires? Or to a father whose broken car is keeping him from getting to work? You can browse requests for help by keyword, and forever change the life of a family in need.
So, how much is gas where you live? And have you seen fuel prices jump drastically in recent days?
We want to hear from you.
[Photo by Jessica Mullen]