Charity: Many Hands, Few Dollars

Many Hands, Few Dollars

The Hands Across America extravaganza last Memorial Day to raise money for charity drew more than 6.5 million participants, President and Mrs. Reagan among them. But the dollars raised amounted to a thin green line at best. Optimistic organizers had hoped to raise about $50 million for the needy, but a report last week disclosed that only $24.5 million has been collected from public donations. About $8 million will go toward the event's costs, leaving some $16 million to give to the hungry and homeless.

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