THE SALVATION ARMY invites the Quad-City community to watch “FRONTLINE” at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.20 Print
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:26
During the spring and into the hot summer months of 2012, a film crew was in the Quad-Cities making a documentary about children who live in poverty. The duo followed and filmed three local children: One in Davenport, one in East Moline, and one who ends up in Moline.

The renowned PBS series FRONTLINE presents the one-hour documentary “Poor Kids” at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time Tuesday, Nov. 20, on PBS’s IPTV. The program can also be viewed on-line after its air date at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/.

“As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, one in five of the nation’s children is living below the poverty level,” said Major Gary Felton, Quad-Cities Coordinator. “One in 45 children in the United States is homeless.”

“Poor Kids” travels to the Quad-Cities, an area described by PBS as “a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois,” to explore the lives of children living in the suburbs of the nation’s heartland and growing up poor. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, the show offers a unique perspective on the nation’s flagging economy and the impact of unemployment, foreclosure and financial distress as seen through the eyes of the children affected. The Salvation Army and other social-service agencies helped the filmmakers become acquainted with the families shown.

“This is an opportunity not only for viewers across the nation, but also the Quad-Cities especially, to see the homelessness through the eyes of a child,” Major Felton said. “When viewers watch children face such difficult situations as those depicted here, people will better understand the work of The Salvation Army and how we meet the needs of both children and families.”

To see a 30-second clip from the documentary or for more information, visit www.pbs.org/FRONTLINE/poor-kids, visit www.facebook.com/FRONTLINE or Twitter @FRONTLINEpbs #FRONTLINE.
 
“Especially at this time of year, with our annual bell-ringing fund-raising effort under way, we hope that Quad-Citians will open their hearts and remember the children who literally are their neighbors in need.”



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