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Old 03-17-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
 
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Default Tent cities in the U.S.- Say NO to 3rd world America!!

What do you all think of this? It's so sad - it could happen to almost anyone!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...t-America.html
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:19 PM   #2
 
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It's G.D. awful. There was recently a story of a guy who burned to death in one near my home.

And Texas has the highest rate of homeless children (story here). I can only imagine what life must be like for those who can't stay the night in a shelter or on a friend's couch.

At our food bank we're asking people to donate food with pop-top lids because not everyone has access to a stove to cook stuff.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:18 PM   #3
 
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The sad thing is I didn't even know about these tent "cities" until my friend was telling me about a fundraiser she is doing for them. She's calling it "Pitching in for tent cities- Say NO to 3rd world America!".
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:58 PM   #4
 
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It is very sad that this happens.

Webbie, what type of pop-top lid food do you suggest people donate?
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:15 PM   #5
 
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this is just horrible.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:21 PM   #6
 
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It is very sad that this happens.

Webbie, what type of pop-top lid food do you suggest people donate?
I imagine some of those hardy/chunky/homestyle canned soups with the pull top lids would be good. I see them on sale for a dollar and change all the time. Some of those are good and filling. Some of them probably wouldn't taste bad cold.
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It is very sad that this happens.

Webbie, what type of pop-top lid food do you suggest people donate?

If you choose to donate food, please choose healthy, low sodium foods. So many of those needing food are seniors on fixed income, or people with pre-existing health problems because they could not afford preventative care or basic health care. I do not know the stats on seniors that are homeless, but I'm willing to bet that if you're homeless, you probably don't have health care (and yea, TX is #1 in failing to provide that too)

Ideally, it's best to donate money. We can purchase a lot more with $5 than the average consumer can - unless your name is Mr. Walmart.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:03 PM   #8
 
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Lisa Ling did a whole expose on this for Oprah. I was horrified. You can see still shots and read about her report here http://www.oprah.com/dated/oprahshow...0218_recession
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