Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thankful For... Boys Who Give Back

Since Steph's post remined me of my all-time-favorite Christmas singer (Harry Connick Jr.) I thought I would throw a little highlight on boys who give back to the community.


Debt AIDS Trade Africa (DATA)
DATA is an advocacy organization dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa.

Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice; it makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties, it doubts our concern, it questions our commitment.

6,500 Africans are still dying every day of a preventable, treatable disease, for lack of drugs we can buy at any drug store. This is not about charity - this is about justice and equality.

Paul McCartney

Adopt-A-Minefield® is a campaign of the United Nations Association of the USA, which engages individuals, community groups, and businesses in the United Nations effort to resolve the global landmine crisis. The Campaign helps save lives by raising funds for mine clearance and survivor assistance and by raising awareness about the landmine problem.

John Prendergast

ENOUGH was born out of frustration and hope.

We ran out of patience with the world's shameful lack of progress in combating terrible horrors. We found confidence in the growing number of Americans who are demanding more aggressive, more successful solutions. And we have faith that we really can abolish genocide and mass atrocities once and for all.

We know that people care, but many assume that the crises in Africa and elsewhere are intractable. This perception of futility sustains the killing of thousands and destroys the hopes of a safe and secure future for millions more. With every passing minute, the slaughter continues.

Activist mega-hottie JP co-wrote Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond with Ocean's 11 cockneye cutie Don Cheadle.

Harry Connick Jr.

New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village

Musicians’ Village, a cornerstone of the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) post-Katrina rebuilding effort, is designed to both construct a community and preserve a culture. Conceived by New Orleans natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, Musicians’ Village will provide a home for both the artists who have defined the city’s culture and the sounds that have shaped the musical vernacular of the world.

The music and musicians of New Orleans have always been the city’s heart and soul. Your support of New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village is the best way to ensure that my home town lifts itself from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina with heart and soul intact.

In this giving season, it seems especially important to acknowledge those who are trying to make the planet a better place. What other boys are out there doing good in the world?

OH. MY. GODS. (Dutton) May 2008


TinaFerraro said...

What an amazing post, TLC! Thank you. And I'd like to mention the contributions made by Bruce Springsteen, Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg (oh, you knew I was gonna drop his name, right? :)), as well...

stephhale said...


Marley Gibson said...

Excellent post, TLC! Inspirational and motivational. We're doing the annual giving campaign here at work and we're all in the charitable spirit here. We're raising a lot of money for some very worthy local causes. It doesn't take much to make a difference.

= )