“I’ve thought of this as my “what I would do if I won the lottery” idea, but the discussion earlier about replacing the stolen can got me thinking.
What if PoPville adopted a family for a year?
We could have readers nominate families in their neighborhood that are trying their hardest but can’t seem to catch a break. Readers could vote on the family to select, or a panel of readers could pick.
What would adopting a family look like?
– Thanksgiving meal, Christmas gifts, Easter baskets, back to school backpacks and clothes, etc.
– Tickets to Boo at the Zoo, movies, interesting and educational events
– piano lessons for a kid who was interested if someone in PoPville is inclined to offer (or photography, golf, dog training, balloon shape artist, whatever)
– anything else we could think of
We could set up a page where readers could donate (I imagine even $5-$10 from each reader would get us pretty far). A group of readers could volunteer to track what is done with the money and provide regular updates and/or stories.
What do people think? We talk all the time in the comments about all the antagonism in DC between old/new, haves/have nots, black/white, etc. What if we did something to make a small dent in those arguments?
It could be a lot of work, but it could be pretty rewarding. Thoughts?”
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