Wednesday, November 25, 2015
First Person: Charity
I was assigned to to a Thanksgiving food distribution for families in need. United Neighborhood Centers and volunteerts provided the heavy lifting. Much of the donated food came from WNEP's Feed a Friend program. The distribution point was a church on Madison Avenue in Scranton.
Photographer Dave and I arrived around 10 AM. We found a line in front of the church, people braving a November wind to get a little holiday help. We approached a few for interviews. They declined. I explained that our photography would be done from behind, and much of it below the waist. We were not out to wound anyone's dignity.
There was an issue. President Obama and the president of France were speaking. ABC News aired a special report, and it ate up all our news time. We were told to stay hot until 12:30, in case the special report ended, and we had a little time left for news. It didn't happen. It was frustrating. We had a good story to tell, but world events are also important. I get it.
The story aired in the afternoon. Thanks to those who made it happen.
One of the reasons I got into the business was to help people. I hope we did okay, exposing poverty issues, showing people were there to make life a little easier.
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