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An interesting post on craigslist.
Free Sunday Dinner/Foreclosure Party! (East Phoenix) {original post link}
Reply to: [?]
Date: 2009-02-14, 2:45PM MST

Well, I'm not being foreclosed on - yet - just barely hanging on. This freebie is for the folks that are really hurting right now. I'm gonna have a few steaks, some burgers, coleslaw - whatever - throw together a little party for total strangers - be a couple 30 packs of bud light too ( for the over 21 crowd, thanks). This isn't a sex party, orgy, ain't gonna be no drugs. Just decent food and hopefully some good conversation. I miss the "old" days when total strangers used to wave at each other walking down the street - Phoenix area USED to be like that. Now - people flip each other off and call each other stupid, vile names for no more reason than they're in a bad mood, I guess.

This is my attempt to revert this trend. Plus, damn - so many people losing their jobs, I hate it. My company just announced more layoffs - I dodged the bullet, thank God, but - it's happening everywhere.

Anyway, as I said, a few steaks, maybe some chicken and burgers, throw it on the grill. Anyone a good grill chef out there? French fries, coleslaw, maybe some dessert, you get the pic - yes, I'll be drinking several Bud Lights as well - you can join me.

If I get 10 people - whether that's a family and some strangers - 10 strangers; couples, whatever - that I'll do it. If not - well - what can I say. Just want a good group of people

RSVP today - Festivities to start late morning/early afternoon and go on however long people want to stay.
Updated: I've sent out about 20 emails replying back to those that want to come with my address/info. Probably will be several that won't reply, so there's still room for more to come!
Just reply to this message and I will send you my info.

Location: East Phoenix it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
PostingID: 1034884463
(What happened after the party?)
Reply to: [?]
Date: 2009-02-16, 4:34PM MST

The responses from people wanting to help with another party has been overwhelming.
The emails from hurting people - people that have worked all their lives and are now unemployed and have been so for 2 month; 3 months, 6 months, one even a year - was equally overwhelming.

The party itself was put together quickly and we had a great time - there are some wonderful people in the Phoenix area!
We're going to do another free dinner party - but this time something like a month from now. I will be writing a post in the near future with a date - either on a Saturday or a Sunday.

These are tough times for a lot of people, my only goal in all of this was to make a statement: we aren't going to get through this alone, we can get through this together. This spirit of giving is still alive and well in America, just want to bring it to a personal level.

If you think you would be interested in helping with the next party - which will be for everyone and anyone regardless of whether you're doing great or if you are suffering greatly - please reply to this message and what you would like to help with. Food;drinks; cooking; chairs; tables; etc etc etc.

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Comment by Ed Vallejo
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I saw that as I was perusing the 'free stuff' at Craig's list, but it was too late to attend.

And I would have - just to get some video of it.