In the age of social media and 24-hour news coverage, it’s almost unheard of for a celebrity to do something without the whole world knowing about it. We know when they go to the grocery store, we know what kind of latte they ordered at Starbucks, we know their kids’ names and the toys they play with. We can even see pictures of them on vacation.
Yet somehow in the midst of all this media attention, one celebrity has managed to do something amazing — he has kept his incredible acts of charity private. Rap star Nelly has been sending two kids to college every year for the past 10 years. And no one knew a thing about it.
In a recent interview with Hello Beautiful, Nelly shared his concerns about the recent issues facing the black community. The St. Louis rapper explained that he saw education as the solution that could invoke real change.
“I try to do it through education,” Nelly explained. “The only way we’re going to get this is to elevate. We have to get the kids to go out of these communities. Graduate. Get the knowledge. Come back to the community and then they can run it because they understand the people and understand the severity of the situation.”
As for why he has kept his educational scholarships under the radar, Nelly remarked that it’s about making a change, not making an impression.
“It’s not about the hoo-ha,” he says. “It’s about the silent assassins. It’s the ones that move behind the scenes that get things done. The guy that’s screaming on television, he’s the diversion. I’m not a diversion. I’m going to get it done.”
It all started when in November 2006 when Kees Veldboer, an ambulance driver, was moving a terminally ill patient, Mario Stefanutto, from one hospital to another. The retired seaman desperately wanted to be by the water once more. To his surprise, Veldboer obliged.
“Tears of joy ran over his face,” Veldboer told the BBC. “When I asked him: ‘Would you like to have the opportunity to sail again?’ he said it would be impossible because he lay on a stretcher.”
And so Stichting Ambulance Wens — or Ambulance Wish Foundation — was born: a charity that grants terminally ill patients their final wishes.The charity has grown to 230 volunteers, six ambulances, and a holiday home, and has made an incredible 7,000 wishes a reality.
It helps four people a day on average — the only stipulation is that they are terminally ill and can’t be transported other than on a stretcher.
When Christian McPhilamy was six years old, he was inspired by a commercial for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and decided he wanted to help young people with cancer. He decided that day that he wanted to grow his hair long and donate it to make wigs for children with cancer.
So for 2 and a half years, Christian grew his hair out. He was made fun of at school for it, often mistaken for a girl, but that never deterred him from doing what he thought was right.
“Some people tried to call me a girl,” McPhilamy told Florida Today. He said that made him feel bad, but it never stopped him from helping young people with cancer.
I really hope those bullies realize how mean they were being now. We applaud Christian for stepping up and doing what he could to make the lives of others better. The world needs more of that.
Sir Nicholas Winton organized the rescue and passage to Britain of about 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children destined for the Nazi death camps before World War II in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport.
After the war, Nicholas Winton didn’t tell anyone, not even his wife Grete about his wartime rescue efforts. In 1988, a half century later, Grete found a scrapbook from 1939 in their attic, with all the children’s photos, a complete list of names, a few letters from parents of the children to Winton and other documents. She finally learned the whole story.
In the video below, the survivors gathered to give him a wonderful surprise:
In the Sikh religion, a Langar is a common kitchen which serves vegetarian meals to all visitors – regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds – for free. While a Langar is typically found near a Sikh place of worship, a charitable organization has established a common kitchen in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth – a refugee camp just five miles away from the Syrian border.
Those fleeing the war in their homeland need not face the burden alone, thanks to an organization run by a number of kind-hearted Sikhs.
Each day, the bakery feeds around 14,000 people!
Liam Murphy, an engineer from Cork, Ireland is currently visiting the United Arab Emirates for work. On his day off, he decided to visit the theme park Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. On the way there, he discovered that his taxi driver, Shakiha, had never been to a theme park and was going to “wait in the car for four hours.” So Murphy invited him along…
Believe it or not, there are about 150,000 stray cats and dogs in Istanbul, Turkey. That’s 150,000 animals that are left to roam the streets with 14 million human beings. Unfortunately, despite the fact that there are so many people in the city of Istanbul, no one is willing to give these animals food, water and shelter. Luckily, a Turkish company called Pugedon decided to create a few awesome vending machines that feed the stray animals and double as recycling receptacles, keeping trash and litter off the streets.
These vending machines have the ability to store and dispense food for stray cats and dogs.
Leaving any abusive situation is emotional and traumatic, but imagine how difficult of an ordeal it might be when one has to pack and move, too. Thanks to a moving company in California, women – or men – seeking to leave an abusive living situation no longer need to face the daunting task alone.
Aaron and Evan Steed, the owners of Meathead Movers, have helped hundreds of women leave homes in which they were abused by a partner. The two first started their business in 1997 as high school athletes seeking to make a bit of extra cash.
Back then, their fee was about $20 and a pizza. But since then, their business has grown, and with it, the type of clientele they work with.
When the pair began getting occasional, frantic phone calls from women with little or no money who needed to move out before their abusers returned home, they decided to get involved and assist those in need – free of charge.
An animal is euthanized every 11 seconds in US shelters. But instead of accepting this without thought, one 9-year-old boy from the Philippines, Ken, did the unthinkable: he started a “no-kill” shelter in his parent’s garage.