December In Detroit

December 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm 2 comments

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People wait in a several block line to receive gifts of food, personal care, household items and toys at the A Miracle in Motown event, part of the nationwide program to help working poor and disadvantaged families December 18, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. About 5,000 families are expected to receive enough food at the event to supplement meals for a family of four for a week. A Miracle in Motown is sponsored by The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) along with Feed The Children, Great Redeemer Christian Church and The Bing Group. An estimated one in three Detroiters lives in poverty, making the city the poorest large city in America. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

via Gawker

This breaks my heart, but it’s also amazing that people have donated 60,000 meals worth of food.  I am absolutely convinced that empathy is the most important quality people can have if we’re going to weather this economy, so journalism like this is vital.  Screw Newsweek and their “luxury shame” or the Times and their articles about *gasp* shopping at K-Mart, just like the poors!  We’re all in this together, and the more we can remind ourselves of that, the sooner we’ll be back on our feet and buying Xboxes for Christmas without having to skip a rent payment.

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  • 1. alisaurus  |  December 19, 2008 at 10:14 am

    This week’s NYMag’s cover story is reasons to love New York, and I thought this was one of the best ones in there: http://nymag.com/news/articles/reasonstoloveny/2008/52947/ . That’s also sort of my response to the guy who was commenting on the bailout post and saying that New Yorkers don’t give a shit about other Americans and implying that we’re all just sitting around our fireplaces drinking champagne while others are suffering, because it just isn’t true. Even though everyone is feeling the crunch, I think people are aware that some are worse off and really trying to help.

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  • 2. Betty  |  December 19, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    So true. People all over the country have been volunteering more at soup kitchens and donated canned goods in huge quantities, and that’s awesome. Money is tough to talk about under any circumstances- it’s a touchy subject and always will be. That’s why patience and empathy are key.

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