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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Help The Hungry

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently ran a story about Betty Nguyen and the work that she has done through Help The Hungry, a charity that she and her family establish. Below are a few excerpts from the article:

Betty Nguyen, CNN anchor, searched the faces she saw during her first return to the land of her birth, Vietnam.

It was 1998. She had not been back since 1975, when her parents fled the Communist takeover with her in their arms.

The tough realities of her native soil moved from story to reality.

"It's different when you see it with your own eyes," she said.

"I would look at the faces, would look at the people about my age, and I would think, 'Wow, that could be me.' Except for the grace of God that I was able to come to this country," Betty Nguyen said.

From those sights, those thoughts, a plan of action grew.

When they returned home to the United States — she was living in Texas at the time where she worked on local TV — she and Kim started their own nonprofit organization, Help the Hungry

They got donations of goods and money from family, friends and contacts.

But Betty takes the donations each year and travels back to buy five or six tons of food, medicines and clothes on the local market, which is cheaper than buying here and shipping it over.

Then, with the help of the International Red Cross, she travels, usually to areas flooded during the monsoon, and gives the supplies to those in need.

It is a yearly trip born of a sense of thankfulness.

"I got a good look at how poor and how destitute they are, and how truly blessed I really am. And because I am blessed, I have to take responsibility for that," Nguyen said.

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In a Press Release today, CNN announced their plans for next Tuesday's debate. Below are a few excerpts:

As Democratic presidential candidates ratchet up the intensity of their campaigns, CNN and the Nevada Democratic Party will gather the leading hopefuls for a face-off in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT). The Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate, moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

For the first hour, candidates will address questions from Blitzer and CNN anchors John Roberts and Campbell Brown, in her debut assignment for CNN. In the second and final hour, candidates will respond to questions from an audience made up of more than 100 undecided registered voters. White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux will facilitate audience participation.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

4 p.m.-7 p.m.The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer live on location in Las Vegas
7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Lou Dobbs Tonight with anchor Lou Dobbs live on location in Las Vegas

Thursday, Nov. 15

6 a.m.-9 a.m.American Morning with John Roberts live on location in Las Vegas
4 p.m.-7 p.m.The Situation Room with Blitzer live on location in Las Vegas
7 p.m.-8 p.m.Lou Dobbs Tonight with Dobbs live on location in Las Vegas
8 p.m.-10 p.m.
CNN/Nevada Democratic Party Presidential Primary Debate
10 p.m.-11 p.m.
Special Anderson Cooper 360ยบ post-debate program anchored by Anderson Cooper and featuring Blitzer, Roberts and Campbell Brown live on location in Las Vegas
11p.m.-1 a.m.Replay of CNN/Nevada Democratic Party Presidential Primary Debate

Friday, Nov. 16

6 a.m.-9 a.m.
American Morning with Roberts live on location in Las Vegas


Anonymous said...

Looking foward to the debate since it will
be right after what Hillary Clinton calls
hers worse performance. This should be
awesome for Wolf.

Phebe said...

I'm really tempted to make the drive to LV for the debates. Are any of you going?

Sapphire said...

Phebe....if I could go I would go. Sounds like a great roadtrip.

BA I love how you did the CNN schedule for the debates, very cool looking