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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mixed Blessing



I've probably covered dozens of "charity" stories over the years. The latest was yesterday morning in Scranton. People in need were receiving what the "Friends of the Poor" called Easter/Passover/Spring baskets of food. It was a creative way of naming the give-a-way. It showed they wanted to help, no matter what you do or don't celebrate. This is a photo of the food blessing I snapped with my camera phone.

The same thing happens every time I'm at one of these stories. The number of people looking for help is overwhelming and depressing. It's even worse this year due to the bad economy. Then, there is the other side of the coin-- the people who donate and who are willing to help.

The Holy Family church basement was filled with donated food, or food purchased at a discount. The Lackawana College football team was there to help deliver it and stack it up. Some Dunmore High School students dropped in to help with the distribution. Individuals came in to do what they could.

It breaks my heart to see all those people who need a little help, but it warms my heart to see them getting a break, and all those volunteers giving up their time.

A little early, but Happy Easter!