Letters, Dec. 2

Nov. 30, 2012 @ 03:56 PM

Meals on Wheels -- Senior Santa

As joyous as the holiday season may be for some, for others it is the loneliest time of year. It is for this reason that each year, Meals on Wheels of Durham strives to provide each meal recipient with a holiday gift. We have been able to touch each client in this small but very meaningful way for the past several years with the help of compassionate community members.

We ask that you consider a donation to the Senior Santa program. One hundred percent of your donation will be used to purchase needed gift items. Make checks payable to Meals on Wheels of Durham, and be sure to write “Senior Santa” in the memo portion of your check. You may also donate on our website: www.mowdurham.org. Donated items may also be delivered to the Meals on Wheels office at 2522 Ross Road between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thank you for your support of the Senior Santa Program and Meals on Wheels of Durham!

Gale Adland
Executive Director
Meals on Wheels of Durham

 

Bangladesh fire in garment factory

On a recent Saturday night, more than 100 workers died in a fire in a garment factory in Bangladesh. The conditions in which they worked were documented and known for years by the companies for whom they made garments, like Walmart, Gap, JC Penney, and H&M, among many others. Yet they refuse to take any responsibility. Those workers received an average of $37 per month, a little more than one dollar a day. Anti-sweatshop campaigns have been demanding changes in wages and conditions in Bangladesh garment factories for years, but nothing has changed.

The Clean Clothes Campaign has documented more than 500 deaths in Bangladesh factories since 2006. But Bangladesh isn’t the only country with sweatshops that pay slave wages with deadly conditions and nonexistent environmental regulations.

The U.S. companies that reap profits from global sweatshops have merely exported slavery, and they are criminally responsible. When will they be brought to justice?

Tim McGloin
Durham