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Surging Crime Rate Brings City Together for 'Day of Hope'

Surging Crime Rate Brings City Together for 'Day of Hope' Read Transcript

Well, here at home, Baltimore is on track to beat a record no

city wants to win, surpassing its own murder rate--

so far this year, reaching more than 220 killings.

As one of the many American cities

caught in police clashes and racial tension,

Baltimore needs help.

I traveled there to take a look at an effort

to heal the divisions.

It's called the Day of Hope.

Baltimore is a city of contrast, rich with history,

but whose present is marred by violence and high crime.

To address that, hundreds of volunteers

have come together on this day to transform a simple city

park into a safe haven of hope.


Like a neighborhood picnic, families

streamed into Baltimore's Collington Square Park

for this Day of Hope event, treated to free food--


--fun, and prayer.

You can't understand that when the devil is busy,

God is about to open up the windows and bless us.

Come on, somebody.

JOHN JESSUP (VOICEOVER): After the unrest

from the 2015 death of Freddy Gray,

police and pastors teamed up to break

the growing cycle of violence.

So what we've done is put out a clarion call for all those

who are doing great work.

Can't we come together?

Just like the dark side, great people of light,

can't we come together and do things collaboratively?

So we can start chasing the darkness out of our city.

JOHN JESSUP (VOICEOVER): That includes mercy chefs, which

not only prepared enough food for 3,000,

it will also stay here until kids

return to school in September.

Now I can feed you the very best meal that I or my master

chefs are capable of, the very best meal.

And you're hungry again tomorrow.

But we come with a message, that we know,

promises satisfaction for life.

I'm glad.

Everything we do, we do for you mothers

that have been affected.


like a mother's cry, for moms whose children

died in violent crimes.

A lot of mothers feel like they're alone.

And they need to be here to see it

to know that they're not alone.

There's so many people that care about.

Them they'll never be forgotten.

JOHN JESSUP (VOICEOVER): Murder claimed five

of Sharon McMahan's relatives.

I lost a son, I lost three nephews, and I lost a cousin.

JOHN JESSUP (VOICEOVER): While these events

can help to foster hope, healing, and a sense of unity,

she finds motivation in the loss of her son.

I think about him every day.

I talk about him every day.

He inspires me to do what I do, to go to the communities,

and be part of the change.


feel their efforts are paying off,

as their peace meals and prayer walks have

led to virtual crime-free neighborhoods

in 29 of the 30 areas they've served.

And events like the Day of Hope, help in other ways too.

I've seen people who've come in,

not knowing what is going on, and got help, and felt

loved, and felt cared for.

And then, the next Day of Hope-- say we have another Day of Hope

a few weeks later in another part of the city--

they show up and say, I want to volunteer.


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