The founder of The Body Shop, an international chain of bath & beauty products, Dame Anita Roddick, has sadly passed, but she also passed on an estimated 100 million dollars to charity. Thatâ€™s a whole lotta bars of soap! Dame Roddick was suddenly struck with a brain hemorrhage last September, a complication of the Hepatitis C she contracted from a blood transfusion at age 64. But by then, she had given away all of her hard earned fortune to environmental charities, Third World debt, and human rights organizations. The successful English businesswoman died penniless and left nothing to her family who upheld their motherâ€™s generous final wishes. “They’ve already given us everything in terms of love and support,” said Sam, her youngest daughter, who runs a body shop of her own — sex boutique Coco de Mer. So Dame Roddick, the woman who spent decades grooming men and women, will now, even in her legacy, be sprucing up the world. [Daily Mail]
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Last night was American Idol‘s “Idol Gives Back” show, in which a ton of celebs show up to encourage viewers to donate money to Idol’s charity, which distributes the funds to various amazing organizations around the U.S. and in Africa. Seriously, some of the footage shot in Africa and in some of the poorest areas of the U.S. gave our tear ducts (and our checkbooks) a work out. (We also discovered an unbelievable fondness for Miley Cyrus. Weird.) But oh my god! Heart performed with Fergie and it was friggin’ awe-some. Check out the Wilson chicks belting out “Barracuda” above. Then head over to AmericanIdol.com to get the scoop on donating to their very worthwhile cause.
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New York City is known for being dirty, but even out on Long Island, New Yorkâ€™s finest are apparently too filthy for a fundraiser. Officials in Long Beach have banned the sale of the volunteer firefightersâ€™ calendar which features a dozen volunteer models straddling city property. From February, which features a lady riding a fire hose in a miniskirt, to December, which has a woman wearing nothing but oxygen tanks, the pictures were sure to raise more than charitable donations. But unless you got them while they were hot, the calendar has been pulled from shelves and all sales have been stopped. Although, perhaps thereâ€™s still hope you can sneak a peek, if you feel like going through the trashâ€¦ [UPI] Keep reading »
When I recently purged my closet and wanted to donate some of my things to charity, I went to the closest drop-off center, a Salvation Army (also one of world’s largest Christian organizations). The thing is, itâ€™s hard to tell black trash bags apart and I accidentally donated some personal items…including my collection of handmade pasties. Oopsies! When I realized my mistake, I went back to reclaim the bag before a sweet old church lady exposed my tassel twirling sins. Lucky for me, a nice grandpa-like fellow volunteered to take me to look for my stuff and I thought I could manage to keep him from my sequined secrets. After a desperate dumpster dive, I found the bag, but it was strangely empty. â€œOoooooh, that bag,â€ the man said, as if he never expected me to be the tart with the talented rack. â€œYeah, some of the ladies found it yesterday and we threw the stuff out because, well…we wouldnâ€™t put out that kind of item. After all, this is a place of God.â€ Blushing, I tried to recover by joking, â€œOh, not even for women who want to entertain their husbands?â€ Apparently, that wasnâ€™t his kind of entertainmentâ€¦.although he did recognize that they were pasties. So anyway, if you ever are donating clothing to your local S.A., just make sure the items are bigger than one-inch in diameter. [Salvation Army] Keep reading »