• Short Summary

    With people counting the shopping days to Christmas, some department stores in New York and London have taken time out to extend some seasonal goodwill to less fortunate members of the community, the aged and the handicapped.

  • Description

    With people counting the shopping days to Christmas, some department stores in New York and London have taken time out to extend some seasonal goodwill to less fortunate members of the community, the aged and the handicapped.

    One large chain of department stores in New York, Alexander's has made a habit of staying open on Sunday during the Christmas season for handicapped shoppers. Last year police issued a warrant against Alexander's for having their Bronx store open on Sundays -- a violation of the borough's so-called "blue law", that prohibits Sunday trading. When the case came to court, it was dismissed by the judge. So last Sunday (1 December) the store opened its doors again to handicapped shoppers. Over 800 came, in wheelchairs or on crutches, and no-one left empty-handed as the store had a free gift for all who came.

    In the London suburb of Ealing, many people gave up their spare time to take the aged and the handicapped down to the local shopping centre. Some of London's ambulance drives were on hand, despite their current strike, to help out. The British government has also bee in charitable mood, despite the string of crises that face the country at present -- they have given all the country's old age pensioners a ten pound (25 dollar) hand-out, in addition to the regular pensions.

    For some of the old people, it was the first time they had been on such a trip all year, and the expressions of gratitude on their faces made it all worth while for those who had organised, and been a part of, the outing.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7T9EMJ9N9HAYSXOPBN42PZYUZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7T9EMJ9N9HAYSXOPBN42PZYUZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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