Ohio State Fair Display Shows Home Of The Poor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- An exhibit at the Ohio State Fair depicts the home of a family in poverty, with light provided by a bare bulb hung from the ceiling and plaster off the walls.

Its sponsors say they hope people will be inspired into action by the display, housed inside a tractor-trailer near one of the fair entrances.

The grim scene also shows broken windows partially covered by tattered curtains, a 1970s space heater being used for warmth, and an electrical outlet packed with plugs.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and one of its supporters, the nonprofit financial-services organization Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

On their way out of the display, fairgoers are asked to help Habitat and Thrivent in their efforts to build new homes for the poor.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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