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For dealer, charity begins at home

Radio Commentary
Edward Lapham is editor of Automotive News

Oct. 12 -- One Detroit-area dealer has found a different way to help the needy. Jim Johnson of Earnhard BMW in Bloomfield Hills supports Forgotten Harvest.

Forgotten Harvest collects leftover perishable food - that otherwise would be thrown away -- from hotels, caterers, dairies and bakeries, then distributes the food to the needy in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Johnson does more than just open his checkbook. He and other dealership

employees pitch in, helping the group collect and deliver more than 1,000,000 meals a year.

Earnhard BMW also is sponsoring a comedy night Oct. 20, at the Millennium Center in Southfield, with the proceeds going to Forgotten Harvest.

Now, when so many want to help others in faraway places, we need to remember

that charity begins at home.

You can reach Edward Lapham at elapham@crain.com

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