Melissa's young son is doing well, despite this tragic event. I later learned that Katherine wasn't really an addict or a hooker, though she sure caught our attention with her "example." These two events are unrelated yet somehow serendipitous in how they both bring awareness to the power of community, and our obligations to our communities.
Last fall Pamela Druhen rose to the call with her Winter Warmth Project in the days following tropical storm Irene. If you know of other opportunities to help others through art -- locally, regionally, or nationally -- please share these programs and contact information here.