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  •  They saved lives of friends of mine (4+ / 0-)

    I tutored a girl from the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago (now closed). The girl lived with her mother and sister.

    One day, the mother's common-law husband and father of the younger daughter got out of prison (I know this sounds like a bad movie script, but it's all true, I swear) and came back to the family. He started beating up the mother regularly.

    One night he came home, drunk, and started attacking her again. The mother was ready and attacked him with a knife she had hidden underneath the bed. She took the girls and fled to the only place she knew would be safe -- a Salvation Army shelter.

    They stayed there for about two weeks until the SA found them a place to live in a different neighborhood. Better yet, they gave the mother a job, where she still works today, more than 20 years later.

    No charity is perfect, and I am as disgusted by the homophobic comments as anyone else. But I can't pass by a red kettle without throwing in a dollar, because I know how much they helped Denise and her family.

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