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Homeless Kids Need Time to Play

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When a woman died of whooping cough at D. C.’s Federal City Shelter in 2000, a seven-year-old boy was the one who found her body in the bathroom. The shelter was notorious—filled with mice, roaches, and occasional dead bodies. Jamila Larson, a child advocate and social worker, read the troubling news in the newspaper and asked for a tour. She thought she might organize a toy drive among her coworkers at the Children’s Defense Fund and bring a little cheer to the kids.

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