Since the founding of Make-A-Wish in 1980, no other celebrity has granted as many wishes as Cena. In addition to wish granting, Cena regularly goes above and beyond to support the mission of Make-A-Wish. He has personally donated more than 6 million airline miles for wishes involving travel, hosted parties for wish kids at WrestleMania and served as a Wish Ambassador at speaking engagements.
“John Cena’s slogan, ‘Never Give Up,’ is a constant source of inspiration for wish kids and serves as a reminder to stay strong and keep pushing through the difficult times,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “The fact that he has had the sustained success required to reach 500 wishes speaks volumes about the type of person John is and the quality of the wish experience he delivers.”
One-third of all food produced in the world goes to waste – a travesty when 795 million people still go to bed hungry and are malnourished.
One way the Basque town of Galdakao, Spain is remedying this crisis is by urging local citizens to put their leftovers in a refrigerator on the streets.
The city of about 30,000 people created the country’s first communal refrigerator to provide for the hungry. No questions asked and no judgment, it’s a way for those in need to receive, and for those with enough to give.
99-year-old Lillian Weber has made a hobby out of making a difference for children in Africa.Weber has been sewing dresses for a charity organization called “Little Dresses for Africa” that also helps build schools and dig wells for drinking water. Weber was hoping to sew 1,000 dresses by her 100th birthday. Not only did she meet her goal, but she actually finished ahead of schedule.
“Nine times out of ten, they always say, “Well old people don’t do anything,” but they do,” Lillian told reporters.
“And as soon as I get this one done, I’ll probably go to the next one,” she said of her 1000th dress.
Children who read books to Courtney Holmes have received a free haircut as part of a community event to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.
“I just want to support kids reading,” the Dubuque, Iowa barber said.
The event was the result of collaboration between multiple community partners and nonprofit organizations.
St. Mark Youth Enrichment gave away books during the event, some of which were read to Holmes. Outreach coordinator Beth McGorry with St. Mark said she enjoyed watching Holmes help young children sound out the words they didn’t know yet.
In the sprawling complex of marble and gold, food never runs out, all are welcome, and no one is ever required to pay a single rupee.
No one ever went broke from giving, correct? Such is the message philanthropists and humanists have been sharing for years, and this latest example is no doubt testament to such belief.
As Munchies on Vice reports, in Amritsar, India, the Sikh gather in a Golden Temple to serve 100,000 meals every single day of the year in a kitchen that never closes its doors to those who are hungry. The community kitchen in the temple, also known as the langar, is the largest free kitchen on the planet, and it literally serves up tons of food each week.
In the sprawling complex of marble and gold, food never runs out, all are welcome, and no one ever pays a single rupee.
A Turkish couple decided to start their marriage off right when they, last week, invited 4,000 Syrian refugees to celebrate with them.
Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat shared their “I do’s” in Kilis province on the Syrian border, which is presently the location where thousands of refugees are fleeing conflict in the neighboring country.
Hatice Avci, a spokesperson for the organization Kimse Yok Mu, told i100.co.uk that the newly married couple donated their savings their families had put together for a traditional two to three-day wedding and celebrated with one big banquet, inviting the refugees nearby.
The father of the groom, Ali Üzümcüoğlu, conjured up the idea to share a bit of wedding joy with those less fortunate.
“I thought that sharing a big delicious dinner with our family and friends was unnecessary, knowing that there are so many people in need living next door. So I came up with this idea and shared it with my son. I’m very happy that he accepted it and they started their new happy journey with such a selfless action,” he said.
Esra Polat, the bride, shared that she was “shocked when Fethullah first told me about the idea but afterwards I was won over by it. It was such a wonderful experience. I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the people who are in real need.”
A barber is changing the lives of Melbourne’s homeless population, one haircut at a time. Nasir Sobhani, 26, works full time at a hair salon in the city’s north-west but spends his one day off each week restyling the men and women who call the neighbourhood’s streets home. A former drug addict, Nasir knows how hard living rough can be, so started the Clean Cut, Clean Start project, which aims to help people see they are worthy of a second chance. “A homeless person doesn’t get the respect and attention needed, so letting them know that they are worthy of human interaction is actually the main purpose here.” Nasir said.
This Mark. He is 28 years old. He suffers from a mental illness and hasn’t seen his family for a decade.
Hailey Fort is only 9-years-old but she is already an inspiration to people of all ages. Not even old enough for high school yet and she already spends her free time helping the homeless in more ways than most full-grown adults.
It all started when she was 5 and she saw a homeless man in her hometown. She asked her mom if she could help the man by buying him a sandwich. After her mother said ‘yes’ Hailey never stopped.
Hailey now builds shelters for the homeless and grows food for them too. In fact, this year alone she plans to construct 12 mobile shelters for the homeless community, many of which she considers her good friends.
Robert Downey Jr.
He may be the Iron Man, but he’s got a heart of gold. RDJ regularly crops up on “Most Charitable AND Stylish” lists the world over, supporting at least 11 different charities for 12 different causes. In case you missed it, he also recently did this.
Just when you thought you couldn’t love Chris Pratt any more than you already do… you discover that he’s become a regular fixture at Children’s Hospitals around the country, appearing as Star Lord and brightening the day for sick kids everywhere.