My guest this week has described herself as Fed-Ex for the needy. Her name is Erica Guido and her mission is to send love to Detroit.
This Mom of two has created a grass roots project that connects people in need, with the things that they need. She hand delivers supplies to Detroit's Inner City, six days a week. Erica is a "WCSX" woman who rocks.
Erica Guido is a joy to speak to, and when she told me her story about she started her organization “To Detroit, With Love” , I realized she is one of those women, that strives to be a good person. Erica explained to me how her group works, and how she wants to turn it into a movement in other cities across Michigan. The idea is so brilliant and simple, and something that any one who wants to help those in need can start in their community. She says a few people in inner-city Detroit have her cell phone number. Once she’s contacted and learns someone is in need, she creates a wish list for that person or family, posts it in her Facebook group, and the items are usually dropped off on her porch or she picks them up herself.
There is a catch, she does it all herself with her amazing band of helpers and uses her husband's pick-up truck. I am hoping by hearing her story and seeing how dedicated Erica is to the community, that we can get her some help to continue growing her organization. You can donate to the go fund me page set up by the group and help them get a delivery van.
Erica Guido to me is an inspiration. She is a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Although she lives in the upscale Grosse Pointe community, Guido came from humble beginnings. She grew up on Detroit's east side in small bungalow, and she remembers her mother struggling to make ends meet. Erica told me "If each family of means took on one family, one household with a single mother and a few kids, and just helped ease their burdens, it's amazing what we could do."
To Detroit With Love, started by Erica Guido, is a grassroots organization that helps those in need in Detroit with donations primarily from Grosse Pointe residents where Guido lives. "It's about community and neighbors helping neighbors," says Guido.
Cyndy Schalter-Salsido from http://turningpointmacomb.org and I discuss common signs of an abuser. The topic came up when we both watched the interview with O.J. Simpson that aired on Sunday 3-11-18. The interview was actually conducted in 2006, but Fox just decided to air it, calling it the "hypothetical" confession interview. Cyndy gives her perspective on how turbulent the relationship was between O.J. and his late wife Nicole. She also talks about personality traits of a domestic abuser and why O.J. Simpson definitely showed those signs early on in his relationship with his late wife.
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