It's so sad to see it has gotten so bad in America. The families in this story are amazing, creative and brave. I'm sure most do not manage it as well. Sadly 2012 looks like a very bad year with little hope of change. I like the attitude of the father that took a job as a trash collector...proud just to work. I remember graduating from Oregon State University. Times were bad and I felt blessed to get 15 hours a week as a waitress at a pizza place. 200 other people applied for that job. I got it because I had gone to high school with the manager. You do what you need to do to cover the rent.