Mike Morse of Southfield, MI, owns his state's largest personal injury law firm. With the promise of "No fees until we win your case," he defends victims of everything from car accidents to dog bites. But recently he took on 23,000 new victims -- poor kids from Detroit. It began last May when when his firm purchased 400 backpacks for K-5 students at Edison Elementary School. Morse learned it was only a drop in the bucket. There are about 23,000 K-5 students in all 65 Detroit public elementary schools, so this September his firm partnered with the Kids-in-Need Foundation and donated about $250,000 to buy each student a new backpack for school, containing markers, erasers, crayons and notebooks.
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Many of these students would have come to school carrying books and supplies in plastic bags. Some would have nothing to carry. "The supplies that were given to us today have leveled the playing field (for students), said Karen Russell, a first-grade teacher. "They feel like they're part of the team." Morse explained why his law firm opened its wallet so wide. "I think it teaches (students) that there are people out there in the community that care about them, people who want them to win."