Two days before Thanksgiving, on the eve of a turkey giveaway for dozens of jobless residents in an impoverished Miami neighborhood, Sherina Jones got word that one of the free community refrigerators she’d been stocking was stolen. Jones had bought the fridge herself to help the poor in her community keep feeding their children during the pandemic. No stranger to economic challenges, Jones herself had had to shutter her beauty salon at the onset of Covid-19. Just when it seemed the Grinch-like theft would ruin the holiday, something magical happened: Residents of a community where many can barely afford rent pulled together, each giving a little until they ended up collecting a lot. With donations from a local minister, artists, an advertising firm and hundreds of others, they raised $23,000 on a fundraising website. Jones has applied for non-profit status and is transitioning her operation into a food bank.

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