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]
We’ve all done a few things we’re probably not too proud of. But there’s still time! You can make up for some of your bad choices this past year by donating to one of several charities we’ve found that address a variety of shameful transgressions. And don’t worry: All the charities we’ve picked have four star ratings from Charity Navigator, which means that the money you give will actually go to the cause you’re trying to support (and not just to administrative costs and office supplies). So think about what crimes you’ve committed this year, and donate accordingly (we promise we won’t tell on you) — and start the year with a clean slate!
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Want me to make you feel lazy for a minute? While you were feeling proud of yourself for making it to the gym a few times so far in the new year, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch, Lupe Fiasco, and Santi White were on a quest to climb Mount Kiliminjaro to raise awareness about the horrible state of drinking water around the globe. Today, after six days on the trail, they reached the summit of the tallest peak in Africa at 19,340 feet. Along the way, they encountered heavy rains, single-digit temperatures, and even a blizzard, but kept on trucking to take this photo at the top. “The last 48 hours have been the most intense and physically grueling experience of my life,” said Emile. “Miraculously, we all made it to the top together.” Lupe Fiasco added, “The thrill of conquering your fears, especially in such a physically and mentally taxing environment, can’t really be done justice in words.” Good work, folks. Now go buy the world a Coke. [People] Keep reading »