Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Taste of the Third World in Wilmington, Ohio

Of all the sad and disturbing stories that have emerged so far from the economic crisis, for some reason this one in particular fills me with dread.

DHL Workers Welcome Truckloads of Food

A local town, which is bracing for thousands of job cuts, gets an important delivery today to help workers in need.

This morning, eleven tractor trailers loaded with food and supplies pulled into Wilmington. It's an effort to help the thousands who will lose their jobs when DHL closes their hub at the Wilmington Air Park. It's estimated nearly 10,000 jobs will be eliminated.

Volunteers with the group Feed the Children distributed the food and personal supplies to hundreds of people who lined up in the cold.

One third of the families in this town had someone employed at DHL.

I'm not sure which is worse - the sight of Americans lining up for food aid, or wondering how long it will be before it happens here.

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