With only a few days until Christmas, a great last minute gift for anyone still left on your list is a donation on their behalf to a worthwhile charity. One such charity is the Ronald McDonald House, which creates and offers support to programs that improve the lives of children and their families during tough times. Check out the video above and then head on over to their website to make a donation on your own behalf or that of a loved one. [Ronald McDonald House Charities] Keep reading »
Few things in life are ever guaranteed. We would all like to believe that we have forever with our spouses and that no one will ever get sick and die. But we don’t. We are all lucky for every single blessed second we get. This is a lesson no one gets more than Bob and Linda Carey, a couple who faced devastating news when Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. Learn more about the Tutu Project on The Stir…
The photos that show the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has left behind are overwhelming. Even reaching out to help can be confusing, with endless charities to sort through. In the wake of such an earth-shattering storm, the Philippines’ president has declared that they are in a state of national calamity. It’s not easy to see endless images of suffering so many miles away and feel helpless.
One of the more heartbreaking moments of the media’s storm coverage was when Magina Fernandez, a survivor who lost her home and business, looked into CNN’s cameras and begged for international help to arrive immediately because the situation is “worse than hell.” Another man in the same video explained that he doesn’t know anyone who hasn’t lost at least one person they love in the storm. That’s pretty incomprehensible. Here are a few charities to turn to if you’d like to offer help to Haiyan’s victims. Keep reading »
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade. When Tamara Fowler’s wedding was called off just 40 days before she was to be married at Villa Christina catering hall in Atlanta, her parents, who had already planned and paid for the wedding, were naturally upset at first. But instead of wallowing in the unfortunateness of it all, they found a way of turning their financial loss into a positive contribution to their community. Working with the Hosea Feed the Hungry organization, Carol and Willie Fowler invited 200 of the city’s homeless men, women and children to enjoy the four-course meal at what would have been Tamara’s wedding reception. Tamara was there as well, and her mother said, “She was also very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something, rather than just allow it to go to waste.” What a lovely and generous demonstration of how to turn something negative into something positive. [ABC News]
Drake may be the softest rapper in the game, but there’s something to be said for Wheelchair Jimmy’s heart of gold. Ohio woman Anna Angel was working her shift at the local Burger King when a blaze tore through her trailer home, killing her boyfriend and their five young children. Drake and fellow rapper The Game, who recently pledged $1 million to The Robin Hood Project, have promised to donate the full $22,5000 fee required for the funeral of Angel’s tragically lost family. Drake posted a picture of the family to his Instagram on Tuesday, writing alongside the photo, “Myself and @thedocumentary are donating a total of $22,500 to Ana Angel.. who lost her boyfriend & their 5 children in a house fire on behalf of @therobinhoodproject #therobinhoodproject … What @thedocumentary is doing will never be forgotten. Honored to be able to help people along side my brother.” Good work, boys. [Gossip Cop]
Last week, an unnamed woman walked into a Kmart store in Auburn, Maine. Shoppers who saw her say she looked weak and tired, leaning on shelves and taking frequent breaks on her way to the layaway counter, where she told the staff she was terminally ill and wanted to do something nice before she died. Fifteen minutes later, she had paid off 16 balances for layaway bills, to the tune of $3,000. She left without being identified, but is now known as Auburn’s “Layaway Angel.” Keep reading »