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Anderson says caring for America's poor affects everyone. "We are all part of a community and this is what we do in a community: We care for our neighbors and we think about them," he says. "The line between us … is a very thin one. It's as thin as the walls of the human heart."

By "individuals helping individuals," Anderson suggests that the cycle of poverty can begin to be broken. "We think about what big government can do, but it boils down to individuals helping individuals and reaching out."

For Oprah, providing education and hope are critical keys to decreasing poverty. "The greater percentage of my money goes to education and educating kids, because I think education is enormous in opening the door to opportunity for people … We can help people hold on."
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FROM: Oprah Special Report: Inside the Lives of America's Poor
Published on October 12, 2005

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