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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 18 Apr 2020, 21:22

PAN - Very Happy Very Happy WTF is the deal with Matt Lucas' song "Baked Potato" that I saw on MB's twitter page? Is it some sort of fund-raiser? scratch It's the silliest thing I've seen from a grown-up in ages!
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 20 Apr 2020, 01:08

Just wanted to add that as of today Capt. Tom has raised over 26 MILLION pounds!!!! and he's still walking for charity. He was on MB's radio show today and they announced that the purchase price of their song ("You'll Never Walk Alone") will go the NHS as well. They're hoping to get the song to No.1 in time for Tom's birthday on April 30th.

There's also a movement to get Capt. Tom a knighthood! Wouldn't that be a wonderful present for his 100th birthday?!
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Post by annemarie on Tue 21 Apr 2020, 17:12

[size=48]6-Year-Old Boy with Spina Bifida Raises More Than $110K for UK Healthcare by Walking Outside
Frank Mills, 6, was inspired by 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore after he walked 100 laps with a walker
By Eric Todisco 
April 21, 2020 11:56 AM


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Frank Mills, a 6-year-old boy from Bristol, England with spina bifida, is raising money for healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by achieving an incredible feat of his own.
Frank only began walking 18 months ago, and still struggles to complete even short distances due to his condition, his mother Janet told BBC News.
Spina bifida causes a gap in the spine after a baby’s spine and spinal cord do not develop properly in the womb, according to the NHS.
After Frank witnessed 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore walk 100 laps with a walker at his Bedfordshire home, the young boy became inspired to walk with his own walker while also raising money for NHS Charities Together.
“When Frank saw Captain Tom on TV, he said, ‘I want to do that,’ ” Janet said. “So we took his walker outside and chalked up [about 33 feet] on the pavement.”

“He was very enthusiastic and shouted at one of the neighbors to sponsor him,” she added.
The family then decided to set up a JustGiving account to raise the funds.
Though his initial goal was £99 (the equivalent of about $121) — the age of Tom Moore — Frank has far surpassed that objective. As of Wednesday afternoon, the fundraiser has amassed over £89,935, the equivalent of more than $110,000.
“We cannot believe how people are responding,” Janet told the BBC.


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Frank was born prematurely at 25 weeks, according to the BBC, and spent five weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital.

In the years since, he’s gotten “absolutely amazing care and dedication” from both Southmead and the Bristol Children’s Hospital, making Frank all the more inspired to support the staff, Janet told the outlet.
“People have been so generous, especially at a time when people are struggling financially,” his father Tony told the BBC. “It restores your faith in humanity.”


On Friday, the Mills family wrote on the JustGiving page, “WOWZERS!!! Thank you everyone so much. Frank says he’s going to try and do this everyday now!”
Donations to Frank’s fundraiser for NHS Charities Together can be made here.
As of Wednesday, there have been 124,743 cases and 16,509 deaths attributed to coronavirus in the United Kingdom, according to The New York Times.

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 21 Apr 2020, 17:22

Great story, especially when the side flags of the Mail are full of well-off 'personalities' who have called the paps to complain that they're finding it really hard...and the likes of Beckham and McCarthy furlonging staff from government money.

Lizzy, yes I can confirm that Matt Lucas is often less than funny - his friend Rebel Wilson is a lot better and a good laugh..........

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 21 Apr 2020, 18:17

PAN - The only saving grace for that earworm Lucas released on the world is that he did it for charity - and that it's a reminder of what to do re: the corona virus. I can't get it out of my head!!! If he was standing in front of me I swear I'd smack him!

I hope someone tells Capt. Tom Moore how he inspired this lovely little boy. He'd be so proud! How's the campaign going to get him a knighthood?
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Post by annemarie on Fri 24 Apr 2020, 18:13

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[size=48]Publix Buying Fresh Produce and Milk from Farmers for Food Bank Donations
More than 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk will be donated to Feeding America food banks during the first week of Publix's new initiative
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April 24, 2020 10:03 AM



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Publix is doing what they can to help those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The supermarket chain announced on Wednesday it would be buying fresh produce and milk from struggling farms and dairies across the country, donating the items to food banks feeding hungry Americans.
Their initiative comes as the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has forced restaurant, hotel, and school closures, leaving farmers who traditionally supply to those institutions with an excess of product.
Many of those farms and dairies have been left with no choice but to dispose of their stock, with no distribution process in place.
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But Publix's program will fix that hiccup in the supply chain. Buying the food from Florida produce farmers and southeastern dairy farmers, they'll give the products to local Feeding America member food banks — providing families with fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk during the pandemic.

More than 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk will be donated in the first week of Publix's new initiative, alone.
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"As a food retailer, we have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the needs of families and farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic," Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a statement. "In this time of uncertainty, we are grateful to be able to help Florida’s produce farmers, southeastern dairies and families in our communities."
"In addition to providing much-needed produce and milk to food banks, this initiative provides financial support to farmers during this challenging time," Jones added. "We’re honored to be able to work with these groups and do good together for our communities."
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Publix has long supported local charities helping to alleviate hunger, giving more than $2 billion in food to people in need since 2009 (with a pledge of an additional $2 billion in food donations over the next 10 years).

The company's new initiative also comes after it made donations totaling $2 million to support Feeding America member food banks during the pandemic.
Said Paco Velez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida: "As we respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Publix understands that more families are turning to us to help put food, especially fresh produce and milk, on their tables. We’re grateful to Publix for not only supporting growers, but also for their years of support of Feeding South Florida."
As of Friday morning, there have been at least 867,105 reported cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and at least 44,464 deaths, according to The New York Times.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 24 Apr 2020, 21:59

I've been wondering why farmers haven't been offering to donate their excess product to people without enough to eat. I didn't think about the transportation problem. Kudos to Publix for figuring out a solution to the problem in their area. I wish it could be duplicated across the country.
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Post by Donnamarie on Sat 25 Apr 2020, 00:01

This is awesome.  I had been seeing news reports showing farms plowing under crops in their fields and dumping fresh milk and it was heartbreaking.  How can this be?  I never thought about how difficult it is for suppliers to transfer their products to the regular public when they normally sell their products to large institutions or restaurants.  Kudos to Publix.
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 25 Apr 2020, 19:32

Just got back from shopping and one of my neighborhood stores has toilet paper (albeit at 2x the normal price). YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was getting scary there for a minute. Very Happy
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Post by annemarie on Sat 25 Apr 2020, 19:57

Who ever thought toilet paper would make us so happy. I found a big container of bleach and it was amazing.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 28 Apr 2020, 22:53

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[size=48]NJ Community Puts on DIY Disney Parade for 10-Year-Old Whose Make-A-Wish Trip Was Cancelled
When Khloe’s visit to Disney World got derailed by the coronavirus pandemic, her family and friends brought the magic to her
By Ally Mauch 
April 28, 2020 05:48 PM
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Khloe Sudol was gearing up for a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World when the coronavirus pandemic canceled her plans.
So her family and friends in Upper Township, New Jersey, rallied together to bring Disney World to her.
The 10-year-old, who has a rare blood disease, got a DIY Disney parade outside her home on her birthday in early April, complete with appearances from Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Frozen's Olaf and more, plus a magical rendition of “Happy Birthday.” The parade of characters also left Khloe gifts.
Khloe’s trip to Disney will eventually be rescheduled when it is safe, Michael Dominick, Director of Communications at Make-A-Wish New Jersey, told local news outlet ABC6.

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“We have ensured to our wish families that travel wishes in the near future have been postponed, but not cancelled,” he said. "Khloe's wish has not yet been scheduled. We remain committed to granting a wish to every eligible child we are working with as soon as it is safe to do so, including Khloe!"
On March 12, PEOPLE first reported that the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California, would both close over that weekend, following the closure of other major tourist attractions and the cancelation of events around the world.
The Walt Disney Company then announced on March 27 that both Disney World and Disneyland would be closed “indefinitely” due to the ongoing spread of the virus. The parks were originally planning to reopen at the end of March.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 29 May 2020, 03:21

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[size=48]14-Year-Old Chicago Girl Earns Her Master's Degree: 'You Have to Be Dedicated'
Dorothy Jean Tillman graduated from Unity College with a master's degree in environmental science and sustainable engineering
By Rachel DeSantis 
May 28, 2020 01:38 PM
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Dorothy Jean Tillman
 
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Dorothy Jean Tillman is a typical 14-year-old in many ways: she loves dancing, scrolling through TikTok and hanging out with her friends.
But the Chicago teenager’s latest achievement — a master’s degree from Unity College — certainly sets her apart from her peers.
“I’m very proud of her and I’m proud of the example that she’s leaving behind,” mom Jimalita Tillman tells PEOPLE of her daughter, who goes by DJ.
DJ’s academic journey began in schools for gifted and talented children, though she soon came to feel that the distractions of a regular school environment were actually making it harder for her to learn.


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DJ Tillman graduates from Excelsior College
 
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With that in mind, she started dual enrollment for high school courses at 8 years old, going to regular class during the day, then taking online high school modules after school.
After completing high school, she earned her associate’s degree in psychology from the College of Lake County at age 10, then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College at 12.
Earlier this month, she accomplished her biggest feat yet with a master’s degree in environmental science and sustainable engineering from Unity College.

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DJ Tillman with Unity College President Melik Peter Khoury
 
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“We did a little family celebration,” she tells PEOPLE of her graduation, which was tentatively postponed to August due to coronavirus restrictions. “It was something small and simple because we still have to respect the rules of quarantine.”

DJ says it was her grandmother who first stoked her interest in STEM and engineering, as she’d buy her various magazines and books on the topic, which led the avid young pupil to join engineering and coding enrichment programs as a child.
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While she’s unsure what her future holds at the moment, she knows she wants it to somehow involve STEM — and she’s starting by giving back.
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Last year, DJ accompanied her mom on a business trip to Cape Town, South Africa, where she met a group of local girls who shared her passion for STEM — but lacked the resources DJ enjoyed back at home. Inspired, she developed a plan to bring STEM labs to her new friends, and began fundraising for things like computers and microscopes, which she hopes to bring to Cape Town once coronavirus restrictions have lifted.
“I know in the future I want to be an entrepreneur. I want to be my own boss,” she says. “I kind of want to be able to take everything that I’ve learned, all of my degrees, and group them into one thing. Because the way I am, I can’t stay on one project. I have to hop around to different things to make sure I stay passionate in everything equally.”
Meanwhile, she’s also working on a book called Unlock the Jeanius Within — which she calls a “wellness, goal-oriented” compilation featuring excerpts from various people — and also floats the idea of one day hosting a podcast.

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DJ Tillman
 
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“To get where you want to be, you have to be dedicated,” she says. “ like, ‘Oh man, she’s so smart, I can never do that.’ That’s not what I want them to think when they read or hear or see my story. I want them to be like, 'Oh my gosh, she's so goal-oriented. I need to be determined. I need to have tunnel vision to get to where I want to be. I need to be able to communicate my goals,' and things like that.”
While her academic achievements are certainly impressive, mom Jimalita says it’s her daughter’s ability to balance her studies with a thriving social life that makes her the most proud.
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“I try to keep myself really immersed in the arts, so like, normal, quote unquote, kid things,’” DJ says.
She’s a member of a local dance ensemble called The Happiness Club, with which she performs all across Chicago, and she’s also a student ambassador for the Harold Washington Cultural Center, a gig that earned her a trip to the Tony Awards several years back.

DJ has also performed with the Illinois High School Musical Talent Association and the Chicago production of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen — and even helped rewrite the Gettysburg Address to a rap, which Hamilton star Miguel Cervantes performed at the Illinois Bicentennial while dressed as Abraham Lincoln.
She’s also an alumnus of the Legacy Flight Academy, a youth aviation nonprofit inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen.

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“She’s not isolated, and what I love about her is that she can code switch — she can talk with the adults who are her peers, and then she can be with the kids who are her peers,” her mom says. “Although she’s advancing academically, she gets all the things that her peers get.”

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Post by heartlove on Fri 29 May 2020, 17:45

It's always nice to read about Beautiful, Smart, African American women.

Thanks Annemarie.

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Post by heartlove on Tue 02 Jun 2020, 17:12

George Floyd’s Brother, Terrence, at Prayer Vigil: “Let’s Do This Another Way”
Posted at 3:15 pm on June 1, 2020 by Jennifer Van Laar

On Monday afternoon George Floyd’s brother, Terrence, led a prayer vigil in Minneapolis at the site where his brother died one week ago. The crowd was silent as Terrence knelt in the street, a poignant, powerful moment.

As he’s stated in earlier public comments (covered by my colleague Brandon Morse here), Floyd stressed that when protests turn into violence and looting they’re not honoring his brother and only further hurt a community already in emotional and economic distress. His comments at the prayer vigil went a little further and are worth highlighting. Holding a bullhorn and addressing the crowd, he said:

“I understand you’re all upset. But like it was already said, I doubt y’all are half as upset as I am.
“So if I’m not over here wilding out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are y’all doing? What are y’all doing? You’re doing nothing, because that’s not gonna bring my brother back at all. It may feel good for the moment, just like when you drink, but when you come down, you’re gonna wonder what you did.
“My family is a peaceful family. My family is God-fearing. Yeah, we are upset. But we’re not gonna take it – we’re not gonna be repetitious. In every case of police brutality the same thing has been happening. Y’all protest, y’all destroy stuff, and things don’t move.
“So let’s do this another way. Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter, and vote. Not just vote for the president. Vote for the preliminaries. Vote for everybody. Educate yourself. Educate yourself. Don’t wait for somebody else to tell you who’s who. Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for. And that’s how we’re gonna hit ’em, because it’s a lot of us…and we’re still gonna do this peacefully.”







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Post by heartlove on Mon 15 Jun 2020, 16:18

Barbra Streisand gives Disney stock to George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter




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Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, is now a shareholder in Disney. Barbara Streisand gifted the 6-year-old with Disney stock, according to Gianna's Instagram.

The post shows Gianna opening the special package the music icon sent her. Gianna received a letter from Streisand, stock certificates and two albums, according to the photos. "Thank You @barbrastreisand for my package, I am now a Disney Stockholder thanks to you 🥰🥰🥰," the caption reads.



Gianna has more than 52,000 followers on Instagram. Her account is often used to show photos of her late father and to promote justice. George Floyd died last month when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The officer was fired and charged with murder; three other cops involved in the arrest were also fired and face charges.

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