The pandemic and the associated recession have left millions across the country with little money and little to celebrate

There are no presents under the Christmas tree for Sierra Schauvilegee and her children this year.Sauvilegee lost her as a nurse when the care facility she worked for was finally closed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and it has proven impossible to find new ones Find work

“This is the first year my children have not opened a single gift, nothing under our tree,” said Schauvilegee, who lives in Ingalls, Kansas. Using all of my savings to survive, I asked my mother to move in until I got rental support and grocery stamps, that’s all I have literallyâ ????

Heading into a holiday season overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and related recession, millions of Americans have little money and little to celebrate. Across America, the haunting lines for food banks are drawn in Texas, Pennsylvania, and other states desolate portrait in winter while charities struggle to cope with the financial misery that Covid-19 has left

Meanwhile, Congress in Washington continues to struggle to pass a new emergency aid bill before it adjourns to the holidays. And even if a bill is passed, a delay of several weeks is expected in order for state employment services to provide benefits to Americans in need can resume

Politicians have been bogged down for months because of a new relief law and a new bill will already be too late for Schauvilegee.She lost her car due to non-payment and received no unemployment benefit due to the pandemic.Your claim is still decided without a timeframe for receiving a decision Without Car it was almost impossible to find a job in their rural area

Michelle Bell Cagley of Anderson, Indiana, was unemployed after losing her job at a local plastics factory However, in August 2020 she was suddenly hired due to an identity verification issue and is still trying to fix the weeks’ lack of benefits Your account was in the decision

I have three children, three young stepchildren and three grandchildren We usually all go out for Christmas Not at all this year? She said Fortunately my kids are older, but two of my stepchildren and two of my grandchildren still believe in Santa, so I scrapped to get these four some cheap thingsâ ????

One of her daughters, Kalynn Nicole Cagley, who lost her job as a waitress, was evicted from her home in late October when she gave birth to her third child, she said her landlord had evicted the property after refusing to provide rental support for which it was accepted by the state because the landlord did not want to file it on his taxes. You are now moving back and forth between friends Houses

“I am a single mother of three children I worked so hard to keep the rent paid and we were successful through November”She said my five year old has a really hard time understanding why we don’t have our Christmas tree, why all of her toys are stored and why she doesn’t have space. She asks me at least once a day if we can just go home ??? “Typically this time of year is spent doing handicrafts, baking, and getting ready for Santa Claus I’ve tried my best to make sure Christmas isn’t completely ruined for her, but I’ve lost all hopeâ ????

The desperate plight of millions of Americans has marginalized several charity and aid programs. Toy Drives this holiday season report a shortage of volunteers and donations as demand has risen due to the pandemic. Several state and local rental aid funds have run out, and the food banks brace themselves for shortages as they try to keep up with rising demand

Without a deal in Congress, the situation is likely to get worse. There are approximately 12 million Americans receiving pandemic unemployment compensation or pandemic unemployment assistance The two emergency programs were launched in March to deal with the economic fallout from the virus.These benefits expire before or on Jan. December

Meanwhile, new jobless claims are being filed at record levels every week, and coronavirus still affects more than 26 million American workers

Around 12 million tenants in the US will average 5 by January 2020Owe $ 850 in rents and utilities Until 31 December, millions of people threaten to be evicted from their homes

Nearly 26 million American adults, 12% of US adults, said their households did not get enough to eat in the past seven days This is evident from the latest US census data

Melinda Cawthorne Shannon, of Tampa, Florida, lost her job in restaurant management when the pandemic broke out.The 60-year-old spent eight hours or more a day during the week liaising with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, to raise and clarify their claim After 14 weeks, she finally received benefits and payments are still missing for several weeks. She looks after her daughter who is unable to work due to various illnesses

???? Since 26 As of July 2020, we are living on an after-tax unemployment income of $ 900 per month, which is Florida’s Maximum Unemployment Benefit. That amount doesn’t even cover the cost of renting our tiny apartment Said Cawthorne Shannon We sold all of our personal items except a car that was of any value just to pay a bill. Now we sleep on pallets or garden chairs ???? She’s not sure if they can stay in her apartment after the New Year

For Thanksgiving Day, Cawthorne Shannon and her daughter could only afford stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwiches This Christmas they can’t afford to celebrate at all – they hope it gets better next year

“Christmas just has to be a day” She said We considered sending some Christmas cards, but that would require cards and stamps We will miss adopting angels from the angel trees, buying gifts and just laughing As we do not know whether we will of the New Year will be living in our house, we have decided not to decorate for the seasonâ ????

Brittany Martins, of Evansville, Wisconsin, was unemployed when the pandemic broke out after she lost her job in sales in July, but found part-time employment but was still dependent on partial unemployment benefits, but those suddenly stopped after she got out Her state employment agency had been directed to apply for pandemic unemployment benefits and is still waiting to resolve her eligibility issues

“I’ve lost my car, I’m about to lose my home, and it’s getting worse”I basically told my kids I was sorry, but I’m not expecting Christmas or Hanukkah this year Martins said you are sad and upset but see how we struggle I told them as soon as I start to work, hopefully we can take a day or weekend trip to make up for Christmasâ ????

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World News – GB – “Nothing under our tree”: Millions in the US struggle with financial misery during the holiday season

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/19/us-millions-financial-misery-during-holiday-season