Pamela Koner of the wealthy New York State town Hastings-on-Hudson read an article about a town on the brink of financial ruin, Pembroke, Illinois. She came up with a plan in which families from her town "adopt" families from Pembroke.
"I said, 'What do you need?'" Koner said of her conversation with a Pembroke pastor. "And he said, 'I was hoping for a miracle.'" The pastor said Pembroke families are starving, with area food pantries going empty.
Now, each community has 150 families participating in the program, in which the wealthier families FedEx food to the poorer ones. The families also write letters. "You learn to share with people who don't have as much as you," said a 9-year-old.