Ed Sheeran – The A Team

I found another beautiful song I wanted to share with you, by Ed Sheeran. Check it out:

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Mashed potatoes, turkey, and, don’t forget the gravy and some string bean casserole. I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving!! Today is the day that we should be grateful for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. We need to be thankful not only for our loved ones and the chance to have a special Thanksgiving dinner with our families, but also for our wonderful careers, our homes, the food we eat, our clothes, and other items we usually take for granted. Yes, we should be really grateful for that new 50″ HD television or our new iPhone, but also, we should be extremely grateful that today is a day where we have the chance to spend time with our relatives. Say a little prayer before you eat dinner today and express your thanks.

To close off, here’s Charlie Brown and his gang celebrating Thanksgiving:

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The Man with the Golden Voice

Sounds like a new James Bond movie, doesn’t it? Except, that’s not possible, since Hollywood has already made The  Man with the Golden Gun, and the latest, Skyfall.

Who could this man with the  “Golden Voice” be? Ted Williams was a homeless man (53 years of age) with one special feature – an exceptionally deep and well-crafted voice that sounds like a newscaster from the radio or a live basketball or football game. In terms of voice caliber, think Earl James Jones, the actor who is well-renowned for his voice as Mufasa in The Lion King or as Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga.

With millions of views on the above Youtube video, in which a news reporter found him on a street in Columbus, Ohio, he became an immediate online sensation. With a friendly smile, positive attitude, and a voice that makes you smile, people all over the world were charmed by his affable character.

The best news is yet to come. Mr. Williams was then offered a two-year contract by the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and NFL Films for potential work that would pay his living expenses.

For more information on his inspirational story, be sure to watch his interview with The Today Show:

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Maurice’s Story

“55 year old Maurice Johnston lives in Boston, by way of Cleveland. He has a Masters Degree in Plasma Physics from Dartmouth College, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering and acoustics from Purdue University. He’s worked over 10 years at Lockheed Aerospace & Aerodyne Research Corp. Maurice has taught in Science and physics, and took care of both his parents in their time of need. Maurice is very well spoken, and is very kind, so why is Maurice homeless…..”

Video credit: Community-Volunteer.com (http://www.youtube.com/user/60Days60Nights)

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Voices of the Homeless

I will be posting a video a day during this Thanksgiving week to honor National Homeless Youth Awareness. Check this out:

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The “Invisible” Issue

No, it’s not a Holiday, nor is it a vacation break. In 2007, Congress established November as the National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Check out the official National Homelessness Awareness – Senate Resolution and National Homelessness Awareness – House Resolution, for more details.

Some interesting tidbits from both documents include:

(1) An estimated 1,300,000 to 2,800,000 youths in the
United States are homeless for at least one night each
year, with many staying on the streets or in emergency
shelters

(2) An average of 13 homeless youth die each day due
to physical assault, illness, or suicide

(3) 25 percent of foster youth experienced homelessness
within 2 to 4 years after exiting foster care

(4) Families with children are the fastest growing segment
of the homeless population and now make up approximately
1⁄3 of that population

Those numbers alone are astounding. How could this happen to us? You would think that with time, homelessness would have been addressed and those numbers (from 2007) would decrease by now. This ‘invisible’ issue of homelessness must be addressed, and hence, the need for a National Awareness Month.

With November the time to give thanks to everything we are grateful for (our families, education, jobs, food, clothes, shelter, friends, all our blessings), it seems appropriate that Congress ascribed November to be the National Homeless Awareness Month.

We need to be thankful for what we have because there are those less fortunate who would LOVE to have the chance to be fed ONE dinner and have the opportunity to sleep in a BED for one night.

To honor November as National Homeless Awareness Month, I wanted to increase awareness of HOMELESSNESS. In Southern California, thousands of people live on the street, but are often unnoticed by city-goers. Homelessness is a reality for those on the streets, and with the coming of the Winter Season, it is even worse for them.  While everyone else is eating a Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones or spending time going Christmas shopping/Black Friday shopping for the latest technological innovations (the new iPhone, iPad, the newest MacBook with the Retina Display, a new pair of V-neck sweaters or Levi jeans, and the list goes on) , there are people fighting to stay alive… and make it through one more day of no food, no shelter, no bed, and worst of all, no one to help them out of their bleak situation.

I wanted to share an article that really articulates this message. Please check it out here.

Images taken from:
(1) http://teens.dbrl.org/2012/10/24/homeless-youth-awareness-event-your-library/
(2) http://supportgenerationhope.blogspot.com/2010/11/november-is-national-homeless-youth.html

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“The Present”

“Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” That quote is one of my all-time favorites, especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming around. I’ve finalized my iCARE4Homeless Inspirational Card and, without further ado, here are the front and back sides. My original intention was to create a list of resources, such as phone-numbers and locations of helpful organizations, that would help the homeless find shelter for the night, a place to obtain food, and ways to obtain transportation throughout the city. Because many organizations already provide this information, I decided to mainly just provide a positive quote that would help them move forward in their life. Despite their troubling day, and all the negative things that have happened thus far, the card is meant to  uplift their spirits and show them that they can take control over their lives. “Things will look up again”If you have any suggestions or ways to improve upon this, please feel free to let me know!! (:

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