It seems that negative stories get the most attention, but there are plenty of positive news articles that aren’t getting the coverage they deserve. The Alabama Free Will Baptist Children’s Home wants to start sharing some heart-warming and inspiring stories to our supporters to help highlight the goodness happening around the world. Here are some of our favorite September stories!
Houston & Florida Hurricane Relief
Texas and Florida were both shaken by hurricanes recently, but the citizens of this great country rallied together to provide support for the victims of these natural disasters. Houston was one of the hardest hit communities, with extreme flooding creating chaos throughout the city. Many local celebrities wasted no time helping, including Houston furniture store personality “Mattress Mack,” hip-hop legend Trae tha Truth, and football superstar J.J. Watt. Watt alone raised over $37 million for hurricane relief, and is working with local organizations to ensure that every dollar is used in the most effective way.
Hurricane Irma created slightly less chaos than Harvey, but still destroyed homes and caused fatalities. Many people were able to leave the state before the brunt of the storm, but others chose to face the hurricane. Fortunately, those who stayed were greeted by many kind faces after the weather – including a chainsaw-wielding nun! Sister Margaret Ann took her chainsaw to the Florida streets to begin clearing trees, and became an internet sensation in the process. Whether they had chainsaws and not, every individual that donated, volunteered, or supported hurricane victims in any way is inspiring, and the reason we make blogs like this.
Hip-Hop Artist Uses Fame to Raise Attention for Suicide Awareness
Suicide and depression are two unpleasant conversations that don’t get the attention they deserve. These mental diseases don’t care about gender, race, wealth, or anything else – they can affect anyone. When a celebrity discusses an issue, it’s going to cause new people to research the issue and hopefully help those who are experiencing it. That’s exactly what happened when Logic, a hip-hop celebrity, performed his song “1-800-273-8255” at the MTV Video Music Awards with musicians Alessia Cara and Khalid. Suicide prevention telephone numbers have reported a 50% increase in phone calls since the performance. It’s amazing how much hope can come from one person’s actions!
Alabama Free Will Baptist Children’s Home
Since our founding in 1947, we’ve made it our mission to provide positive examples of community and service to the children in our care. We aim to show each and every child that enters our home the power of God’s love, and these stories do exactly that! Contact us for more information about our home.