A Letter From the Publisher: Dec. 30, 1985

This week's cover story, an unusual and intimate encounter with a group of people living in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, is rooted in a particular locale, across Upper New York Bay from the glittering office towers of Manhattan and within sight of the Statue of Liberty. But the setting could have been any town or neighborhood in America where people are struggling against poverty and distress -- and where other people are reaching out to help and comfort them. Hardship and helping know no season, of course, but it seemed that Christmas week would find Americans readier to respond...

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