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Mitch Albom on SAY Detroit's COVID-19 response

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Posted at 6:37 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 19:31:54-05

(WXYZ) — In tonight's 7 UpFront report we're taking a closer look at home the charity SAY Detroit is playing a big part in helping families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Author and journalist Mitch Albom is a huge part of the organization. He's joining us to talk about their efforts.

You can see the full interview in the video player above.

"We sprung into action when COVID hit, first testing people around the city because we have a medical clinic amongst the things we operate at SAY Detroit and we've been pushing very hard, and finally its come to fruition that we're helping to direct over 600 vaccines starting tomorrow and Wednesday," Albom says.

Unfortunately, he also says all the appointments have already been reserved.

"We were going to do it at our clinic, but it got so big we moved it to the Ernest T. Ford Fieldhouse in Highland Park, but our clinic is just down the way from there," Albom says. "We're been trying to get both testing and vaccines to Detroiters who are traditionally left out of this process, the information flow isn't easy, the access isn't easy, and we wanted to make sure that people who really need this vaccine get it."

"One COVID hit, a lot of charities had to reexamine what they were doing, a lot of them, sadly, went out of business, or went temporarily out of business," he says. "We found, with SAY Detroit, we had to redouble. We were busier than ever this past year, and we tried to repurpose the things that we had."