November 2012

Thanksgiving generosity warms the heart

My local community came up big in that department.

As I continue to watch and hear heartbreaking stories from the Hurricane Sandy devastation in the Northeast, I also continue to have flashbacks to my own community's epic struggles following a disaster. In our case, it was a deadly April 2011 tornado that literally ripped Tuscaloosa, Alabama, apart at the seams. Recovery from these kinds of large scale disasters takes a really long time, and all these months later, Tuscaloosa is still in need.

Army veteran runs cross-country to honor America's fallen heroes

Mike Ehredt's tribute is beautiful and moving.

In honor of Veterans Day, I thought all of you would appreciate the story of Mike Ehredt. He is an Army veteran who started something called Project America Run. What is he doing? In short, he's jogging around the country in honor of every single American soldier who has died in the war in Afghanistan. Yes, that means thousands of miles and, tragically, thousands of soldiers memorialized.

Lady Gaga comes through in a big way for Sandy victims

Singer gave how much to the Red Cross?!

I've got to say, despite all of the horror and hardships associated with Superstorm Sandy, I'm heartened by the generosity of everyone, celebrities included. Last week, we had the big NBC Sandy telethon that raised something like $23 million, and now word comes today that none other than Lady Gaga has pledged big. How big?

Lady Gaga is making a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross, in an effort to help everyone affected so terribly by Sandy. That's fantastic news!