Fast Food Operator Kicks In $80 Million to Help Feed Schoolchildren

first_img WFP has made a commitment to provide meals for an additional one million children for an entire academic year. Daily meals offer an enormous incentive for poor families in the developing world to send their children to school and commonly lead to drastically improved attendance rates. The push comes as part of a multi-pronged effort by WFP to help nations manage the impact of high food prices that have driven millions more into hunger and poverty.   President Clinton has also announced a partnership with WFP to combat intestinal worm infections among children, a huge and debilitating health problem in developing countries.  WFP hopes to reach more than 2 million schoolchildren a year with de-worming tablets. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLunches for over 200 million hungry schoolchildren in the developing world will be delivered, thanks to a commitment of $80 million by leading restaurant company YUM! Brands. The pledge to the UN World Food Program was made during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York, which coincides with the UN high-level event on the Millennium Development Goals– the eight targets for slashing poverty, hunger, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by 2015. Josette Sheeran, the chief of YUM! Brands, the parent firm of TACO Bell, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken, said, “This incredible expression of generosity shows what can be done when the private sector joins with a major humanitarian agency to help meet the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.” Set up in 2005 by former United States president Bill Clinton, the CGI – rather than giving away money – creates an opportunity for people with ideas to connect with people with resources. Its members have made commitments designed to, among others, reduce poverty and hunger, work toward education for all and combat disease.last_img read more

Football Player Overcomes Darn Near Everything to Sign Pro Contract

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOver the years, a lot of hopeful rookies have overcome many hardships to earn a crack at a National Football League roster spot. I’m sure there are a lot of rough stories out there, but probably none any rougher than the story of Bill Noethlich. A 6 foot 7, 308-pound offensive lineman who just signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, Noethlich battled back from tragedy after tragedy heeding his grandfather’s dying advice to become a football player. (READ the story in Yahoo Sports, via the Star-Tribune) Photo credit: Southwest Minnesota State U. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Kenyan Workers Given Yellow Balloons to Cheer Up

first_imgVolunteers for the project give away more than 10,000 balloons to people who are commuting to work during the time span of Monday Morning.Arboleda, 30, is a multimedia artist based in New York City.With this particular installation, he aims to highlight the way a society approaches work and anything that can be described as mundane and routine, ordinary events that manage to escape our notice.(READ the story w/ photos from the BBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn an attempt to transform an ordinary Monday morning into something special, an artist has given thousands of yellow balloons to Kenyan commuters to counter the idea of Monday-morning blues.During the past year Yazmany Arboleda has also traveled to Japan and India orchestrating his “Living Sculpture” called Monday Morning.last_img read more

White House Secret Service Agents Come to Ducklings Aid

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA mother duck and her ducklings visited the White House Wednesday, but the mom was the only one of the group big enough to jump the concrete barrier beneath the fence.Her young ducklings were stuck milling about on the sidewalk below until armed guards came to the rescue.Two uniformed Secret Service agents saw the separation and came to the ducklings’ aid, lifting each baby through the fence.Tourists gave the agents a big round of applause afterward.(WATCH the video from NBC via the Rachel Maddow Show)last_img read more

Swedish Energy Company Offers Light Therapy in Bus Shelters

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTo help combat the mild depression commuters may experience when the sun only rises for five hours per day in one northern Swedish town, a local energy company has installed ultra-violet lamps at about 30 bus stops.“This is so people can get a little energy kick as they are waiting,” said a spokesperson for Umea Energi. Light therapy lamps provide certain wavelengths that are a proven benefit for seasonal affective disorder, which is caused by lost sunlight exposure. The lamps are designed to filter out most UV light, which can cause skin damage.Because of the northern latitude, daylight hours in the company’s home town of Umea dwindle in December, when the sun comes up at about 10 a.m. and disappears again at about 2:30.(Source: Reuters via Engineering and Technology Magazine)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Good News is Good For You, Reports WTOP Radio

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJournalist Bob Madigan came along on our “Good News Goes to Washington” cruise on the Potomac River. His report features sound from our chartered 85-ft yacht and, although it is just a minute long, really captures the spirit and message of the Good News Network.“Good News is Good For You,” the headline screams, and he talked to one of our Good News Ambassadors on board, positive psychologist Caroline Miller, saying there is science to prove it.The yacht party on September 9 celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Good News Network’s launch in 1997. The public as well as friends and reporters were invited on the free cruise aboard the second oldest yacht in the United States still being chartered.We were told that the vessel, Finished Business, was once used by President Richard Nixon during the Watergate hearings to escape to the Bahamas for some relaxation.On a sunny Sunday, a large banner, reading “Good News Goes to Washington”, was tied to the starboard side as she motored up the Potomac just offshore of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington monument.(LISTEN to the story from WTOP News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

‘Tips for Jesus’ Shocks Servers With Massive Restaurant Tips

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAn anonymous patron is leaving a trail of generous gratuities on bar and restaurant tabs across the country, signing each credit-card receipt with the same name as the Instagram account he uses to document his giveaways: @TipsForJesus.Micah Olson learned about the man Tuesday night only after he left the Phoenix restaurant he co-owns. The mysterious man arrived with a woman and asked Olson, who was working behind the bar, whether he had ever heard of Tips for Jesus. Olson hadn’t.“Oh, you’ll hear about it later tonight,” the man laughed — and then proceeded to order several $70 drinks for himself and his friend.When the man closed his tab, he bought a round of drinks for Olson and his fellow bartender and left a $2,500 tip on his $530 bill.The mysterious man, who has left overly-generous tips from California to the Pacific Northwest to Chicago, is posting lots of photos with the slogan: “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”(READ the story from TODAY)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Chicago ‘Superheroes’ Hit Streets to Do Good Deeds

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCrusader Prime, a masked 40-something Indiana man in red spandex, a fedora and a thrift store trench coat, hit the streets on a cold day to hand out blankets and food to homeless people.He would soon be joined by Patchwork, another Real Life Superhero — RLSH for short — who was traveling with a suitcase full of socks.Call it comic book fantasies coming to life or 21st-Century altruism. The RLSH movement has ballooned across the country since the mid-2000s, united through the internet on www.reallifesuperheroes.com.At first, The Real Life Superhero Project was conceived as an avenue to shine some light on this new breed of activism and altruism, through a photographic installation to benefit the established organizations the superheroes believe in. But as more people were brought into the wholly volunteer project, largely through Tangen’s infectious enthusiasm, the scope and purpose expanded exponentially. Now, what began as a gallery exhibit, has come to serve as the launching pad of something far greater—a living, breathing community that inspires people to become the positive forces for change we all can be. To become more active, more involved, more committed, and perhaps, a little super in the process.(WATCH a video below – READ the current story from Detroit Free Press)Thanks to Joel Arellano for submitting the link on our Facebook Page!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Little Boy Empties Piggy Bank For Mom Who Had Just Been Robbed

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDawn Pritchard was horrified to wake up on Sunday morning only to find that someone had stolen her bank account information and drained all of her funds – her 6-year-old son, however, wasn’t about to let her panic alone. Dawn had received an email saying that someone had made a $330 charge at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Eugene, Oregon. The mother, who lives in Sykesville, Maryland, was aghast when she found several other charges of the same nature.RELATED: Teen Volunteer Wins $70,000 SUV in Charity Raffle, Then Stuns CrowdBut once she had gotten off of the phone with the bank, her son Warren handed her an envelope labeled “To: Mom, From: Warren”. Inside was his own hefty gift of two dollars – quite a fortune for a youngster like Warren.“I was just so upset and frustrated,” Dawn told the Good News Network. “My account was completely emptied. But as soon as I opened the envelope and saw that he had put his own money in there for me, all the negativity drained away. I’m beyond proud of him.”Dawn says that Warren topped off the sweet gesture with a home made “sandwich” and the bank assured her a refund by the end of the week.Click To Share This Sweet Story With Your Friends (Photo by Dawn Pritchard)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Woman Births Twins as Surrogate for Sister Who Had 9 Miscarriages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMelissa Kayser was heartbroken when she was forced to realize that she couldn’t give birth – but luckily, her compassionate older sister volunteered to be her surrogate and bear her child.The 33-year-old had endured nine miscarriages over the course of three years in her efforts to have children. After undergoing failed fertility treatments, doctors told her to find a surrogate. That’s when Melissa’s 35-year-old sister Lisa Auten volunteered.RELATED VIDEO: Adoptive Father Launches Formerly Homeless Boy to Basketball Stardom“I couldn’t stand watching Melissa go through loss after loss,” Lisa told Inside Edition. “She hurt so badly and she just wanted a child so bad. If I could help give her a family, then I was going to do it.”After two of Melissa’s embryos were implanted in her sister, Lisa successfully gave birth to twin girls named Ashlynn and Tierney who recently turned 6 weeks old.Under Nebraska parenting laws, Melissa will be able to legally adopt the twins when they turn 6 months old. As for Lisa, she still doesn’t want her own children and says she is content to be a fun-loving aunt, instead of a mother.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This Sweet News With Your Friends (Photo attribution: Lisa Auten via Inside Edition)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more