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The Grinch comes early

Just when you thought Monday couldn't be any worse comes this story from The Detroit News.

The local Salvation Army and other charitable organizations around Detroit say they are dropping their fund-raising goals for the holiday because of the area's economic crunch. Worse yet, they are dropping staff and services because their funding is way down in general.

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  • 1

    Sad news, but one has any extra money to give away, but I would think other types of donations (clothes, furniture, etc) would stay relatively the same. And I don't know, the day hasn't been so bad................

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    Stores open and close even in the best of times. We've seen worse than what we have now, but in the past the low periods haven't hung around quite as long.

    "Everything will be alright"

    I saw Steven Gray's short appearance on Channel 7. He says Time is wondering why we are optimistic. Well, we're optimistic because we know how to work and get things done, even if it's just one baby step at a time.

    We look at some empty buildings and see what once was and what could be.

    We almost lost Orchestra Hall...but we didn't
    We almost lost the Book Cadillac...but we didn't
    We almost lost the Capitol...but now we have a beautiful opera house
    See the pattern?
    We have the Fox, we have Belle Isle (we're working on the aquarium), we have the DIA, we have the riverfront, we have the stadia, we have the casinos, we have Campus Martius, we have a lot of little places holding on, some new ones opening, and yes, sometimes a closure.
    We have the electronic music festival, we have the jazz festival, we have the parade, we have the fireworks, we have our teams, we have Noel Night and other events.
    We don't need new million dollar homes, $7,000 purses, $20,000 watches, $250,000 cars.
    We do need more jobs so people can stay in their homes and eat more than Ramen noodles, but in ways that can't be as easily measured we already have a lot.

    • 2.1

      We have all that, and we have each other. That is more than enough and much more than a lot of places have. Love your articles Karen, but please don't think news of a store closing will make things grim. Death is grim, and we're not dead yet.

  • 3

    As I said in another blog (about the "poor"), I shop at the Salvation Army stores as much as I can, and I'm a middle class suburbanite. I love going there and finding deals on designer clothing, or a gently worn t-shirt for $2. Yes, detroitice, they have lots of donations. The stores are always crammed with clothing. I've purchased Liz Claiborne, Calvin Klein, some with the original tags on them from the retail stores. As I said in the other blog, this is my way of NOT giving my money to the foreign countries who are manufacturing in place of our American brothers and sisters, and giving my money to a good cause. It serves two purposes. I understand it hurts the retail stores, and I still shop there as well.

    If you live near one of the Salvation Army facilities for the homeless, consider donating your old blankets or other things directly to them instead of dropping it off at a store. I volunteered at the Obama campaign office in Warren last year, and on the days when we had a lot of volunteers showing up, and a lot of food, we took our left-overs to the Salvation Army facility on Mound for the homeless. Just call ahead and let them know you are coming. Companies can do this with their leftovers after company parties or meetings. Some restaurants do it as well. It gives you a good feeling. And it keeps coworkers who are not suffering financially from over-eating.

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