Driving around Downtown from now on, you may notice that seemingly every homeless person is now wearing a LeBron James-themed jersey, T-shirt, sweatshirt, wristbands, sneakers, or embroidered blanket.
Yeah, that was us.
Last month, we teamed up with the Cleveland Scene to collect Northeast Ohio's unwanted LeBron jerseys and other paraphernalia and distribute them to sub-tropical homeless. The jerseys were rejected by the Miami Coalition for the Homeless due to "politics"-- but NewTimes has never been deterred by politics, or political correctness.
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We sojourned from North Miami to Coconut Grove bequeathing booty to the homeless. More than 100 items were handed out. Pierogies -- the Cleveland favorite -- were served from the trunk of a '98 Toyota. Channel 10 showed up for a bit. Our own documentary short, feature story, and a slideshow for the ages are all in the works. We're going multimedia on that "23"-adorned ass.
We're still accepting donations and will probably be distributing extra stuff for months. As one recipient of a brand-new wine-colored home jersey told us: "Why wouldn't we want them? We're homeless."
Duh. While we're not looking to steal our own thunder, here are a few teaser photos from what can only be described as the greatest journalistic collaboration since Woodward and Bernstein.