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The real side of Detroit

February 25, 2009
By Catherine BRONZE, Livonia, Michigan
Catherine BRONZE, Livonia, Michigan
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I looked around me as I saw the Detroit I could never see from downtown. Downtown Detroit had beautiful buildings and bridges. Amazing sports arenas and restaurants. Anything you could imagine. Hear, I saw people on the verge of starvation in long lines waiting for a cold plate of food. Maybe the only food they would have for hours, maybe days. Most were wearing dirty clothes; some of their clothes didn't even fit. I saw old people and young. A woman with her newborn baby. And an old woman, like 80 years old whose car was just stolen. Even little boy being screamed at by his grandmother for playing. I saw the real side of Detroit, a Detroit soup kitchen
I packed large bags full of soup, eggs, milk, bread, and anything else we could find in the large food filled rooms. 250 people came in to get groceries from hear for free. The soup kitchen functioned only by the help of volunteers and donators. I helped an old frail women carry groceries to her car. Something she was very lucky to have. Although she was going through tough times she had a smile on her face every time I saw her. This lady was truly happy with the things necessary for life that she has, while you see people with everything, but they are never happy. As I continued to hand out groceries, there smiles widened truly grateful for what was being handed to them.
I went to go help with serving lunch at around 1pm. a whole club was preparing and serving the meals.
I walked around pouring water and handing out treats to the little kids. When I handed a little boy a cookie he came to hug me and thank me. As I continued around the little kids continued to be thankful for just a small cookie, something most people would complain about not being big enough. The parents looked at me gratefully, almost like thanking me for making there Childs day.
As I walked out the door I thought of the faces I had seen. Scared, grateful and almost everything else you could think of. I still continue to think about the people I met here and I continue to donate as much as I can. People say a child should not go to a soup kitchen, or even be in this part of a city but I think every child should be able to see with their own eyes how lucky they are.

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This article has 12 comments.

ABC123 said...
on Feb. 21 2011 at 4:42 pm
Great article.

KPB406 said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 11:48 am
KPB406, Plaquemen, Louisiana
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Well true or not, this is a touching story. It's always inspiring to read about someone taking out of his or her time to help someone els. I was definitely inspired by the context of this article. Perhaps in the near future I will revert to this as a first resort.

on Mar. 28 2010 at 10:01 pm
SlightlySarcastic BRONZE, Livonia, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world... but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices." - John Green

Great article. I agree, I think kids should know about this sort of thing. It's the real world - protecting them from it for eighteen years doesn't save their innocence, just makes them ignorant of their surroundings. Anyway, it's inspiring to read about the Detroit I can't always see from nice suburban Livonia!

MountainGirl said...
on Mar. 5 2010 at 1:52 pm
MountainGirl, Boulder, Colorado
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What else did your teacher have you do as part of this project? Was it just to write about your volunteer experience?

on Apr. 23 2009 at 8:10 pm
thank you kayla for your comment. now what i saw in my time in dowtown detroit, it wasnt anything dangerous, i was on a feild trip, so i was kept very safe. what i ment when i said that all children should see this is that all children should see the people who are struggling, while they might be complaining about something really small compaired to these people, along with a parent or another adult to keep them safe. Thank you again for my first comment left by someone i dont know:)

on Apr. 17 2009 at 12:12 am
Hannahbananarama BRONZE, Livonia, Michigan
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i like your point about having kids seeing that so they know how lucky they are, but in the future, i wouldnt want something as graphic as the streets of detroit in my kid's head. there is some very nasty stuff out there that is sad...and yes, kids should know that they are lucky, but in a different way

Sam L. said...
on Mar. 28 2009 at 2:16 am
I love your story Catherine! I was very inspired with the ending sentence! That is so true.

OneChance GOLD said...
on Mar. 21 2009 at 12:03 am
OneChance GOLD, Westland, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥be who YOU want to be, not what OTHERS want to see. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

woow i liked this poem catherine and yaeh dont be worried if your not the top of the popularest article lists!!!! -----alyssa

on Mar. 19 2009 at 11:30 pm
NymphadoraTonks BRONZE, Livonia, Michigan
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Catherine, this is amazing! I voted for you!!!

on Mar. 18 2009 at 9:23 pm
David McClain BRONZE, Westland, Michigan
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Great job I really liked it

on Mar. 18 2009 at 2:22 pm
catherine....your story is really good and i was inspired so you did a good job as a writer!!! ♥

on Mar. 9 2009 at 12:10 am
Catherine BRONZE, Livonia, Michigan
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This story was actully an project for my advanced language arts class but i hope that it inspires everyone to go out and volunteer at there local soup kitchen.