And yet you are there always, through thick and thin and joy and sorrow as neighbors, as friends. To step outside as I did last week to see my neighbors house ablaze, to stand there trying to encircle the people I love with inadequate arms, to witness the shock and pain, I have never felt so helpless. We took the children over to our porch to feed and entertain them, but all around swirled the noise of that horrible scene. A warm day, the pre-schoolers were in their underwear, the older boy in sleepwear, and no one grabbed shoes as they fled. Into this chaos stepped the Salvation Army and

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