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Usher Donates 100,000 New Children’s Books

Jan 5, 2015 0

Atlanta native and R&B Mogul, Usher, is known for his on-stage showmanship. But, recently, the GoodNews Notebook was captivated with his tremendous act of charity and service to the community. In conjunction with publisher Scholastic, Usher and the school publication magnate recently announced that a donation of 100,000 usher-scholastic-kids
new children’s books from The Scholastic Possible Fund will be donated to children in need this holiday season through three non-profit organizations that work to improve global literacy: Save the Children,Toys for Tots and Room to Read. The donation was made together with Usher and his New Look Foundation, a nonprofit organization that develops youth from underserved communities into global leaders. Usher recently joined with Scholastic to launch the new “Open a World of Possible” initiative, designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading for all children.

On November 6th 2014, eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist Usher hosted a live classroom webcast, viewed by close to 3 million students and their teachers, where he talked about the ways children can get involved in spreading the joy of reading. For their first call to action, students were asked to learn about three leading non-profit organizations and vote for the organization(s) they’d like to receive a donation of books. Each organization is receiving a portion of the donation from The Scholastic Possible Fund based on the students’ votes.
“We know from research that when children discover a book they love, they are motivated to read more, understand more, and learn more. When that happens, everything is possible,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic. “We applaud all the work that Toys for Tots, Save the Children and Room to Read do to ‘Open a World of Possible’ for children in the U.S. and around the world by giving them wonderful new books and stories to experience, enjoy, and own.”


SOURCE: Black Celebrity Giving.com | http://www.blackcelebritygiving.com/2014/12/usher-new-look-foundation-scholastic-possible-fund-donate-100000-new-childrens-books/

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Honoring Sept. 11th… Never Forget

Sep 11, 2014 0

As we reflect on this historic date, let’s also choose to restore our faith in those who keep our Nation safe.  There is no better way to honor the memory of 09-11-01 than to honor the men and women who serve this country.  Make a commitment on this auspicious date to serve our Veterans of each of the Armed Services in a new & innovative way.

Whether they served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coastal Guard, or National Guard, our safety and protection depends on a special set of women and men have proven their willingness to give their lives for the citizens of the United States of America.  Now, it’s our turn.

Here are few ideas to serve our Veterans as we commemorate 09-11-01:

1.  Simple… Say “Thank You for Your Service.”  If you notice an Active Duty Soldier or an experienced Verteran, then nothing warms their hearts more than this simple 5 word statement.  Try it.  Let our Editor at GNN know what you discovered.  You will be amazed!

2.  Give…  Find a non-profit or charity (aka Veteran Support Service organization) who supports a specific cause.  Whether it is Wounded Warriors (www.USO.org), AMVETS (www.AMVETS.org), or little known VSO’s like Hearts for Veterans LLC in Atlanta, Georgia.

3.  Volunteer… Each of these VSO’s have events throughout the event, not just on Sept. 11th.  Perhaps, Commit to volunteer your time to Veterans Empowerment Organization by clicking this link (http://bit.ly/1lXPtUz).

 

THE MIRACLES OF 9/11

Amid the disaster, we need to NEVER FORGET that there were miracles and GoodNews that occurred as well.   Let’s take the story of the last World Trade Center survivor, Genelle Guzman-MacMillian.  Genelle tell her story in her new book, Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11’s Last Survivor.  The Port Authority employee and author, says that it is the ordeal of reliving how two hijacked planes 10 years ago sent the World Trade Center crumbling, burying her co-workers and herself beneath piles of rubble. As Guzman-McMillan lay buried alive for nearly 30 hours, the screams she heard in the darkness around her soon faded away. She was alone, she thought, and could think of only one thing to do – cry out to God.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Consider review the Veteran Service Organization (VSO) Directory in detail for additional opportunities.  In this official publication by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (http://www.va.gov/vso), you will find VSO’s and connect with their missions that will affect you beyond 9/11 to the ones who serves us so well… OUR ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS AND OUR VETERANS!

DOWNLOAD IT NOW:  The Directory of Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s)

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