In cities across the United States, people fighting in line over a chance to get the new Air Jordan $200 plus sneakers. Fights. Stabbings. Pepper spraying. Arrests.
Now, contrast that with an interview I conducted at about the same time. A story that got much less attention. One that I'm sure was being played out across the nation as well.
In Hazlet, New Jersey, a decade-old charity called RAINE, answering letters from needy children. Making sure each has a Merry Christmas. At least one gift under the tree.
Many of them also have clothing on their Christmas list. Not $200 plus sneakers though. Basics. Like bras. And socks.
And one, heartbreaking case, RAINE co-founder Patti Dickens told me. A boy, nine or 10 years old, asking for a blanket and a pillow for Christmas.
Which Christmas story - the fights over sneakers or the desperate pleas of needy children, ought we be focusing on?