Showin' Some Love

Allow me to preface this by saying some of you know me extremely well; some of you know me only by name. And I’m about to give you all the opportunity to know me a bit more. It will come as a great shock to many of you what I’m about to reveal; some of you will smile to yourself, shake your head and take it in stride. Others will fight the urge to run and possibly condemn me. I’m okay with that. So, here goes….

I adore the Jonas Brothers.
You will now have a three second pause to pick yourselves up off the floor.

Okay. Sit down and get comfy because you’re about to get a good ol’ fashioned education that could very well turn into a tongue lashing a la Lorie style.

No, I am not a fan of most pop music nor am I the intended audience for this band that has become the biggest pop sensation to sweep the world. That being said, I have the utmost respect for these three Jersey boys that came from nothing and climbed to stardom with their own blood, sweat and tears. Now for those of you that are sitting there tisking at me and rolling your eyes, shut up and listen for a minute because there are some things you should know before you pass judgement on me or the guys. (Quite frankly I don’t care if you pass judgment on me because if you do, you’re not much of a friend anyway but I digress.) These three brothers, Kevin (21), Joe (20) and Nick (16) do – contrary to popular belief – write all their own music and lyrics, play their own instruments and were NOT fabricated by a record label to generate dollars. These guys are the real deal. Now if you still want to sit there like a bulbous snob, feel free.

Ironically I’m not here today to talk about their music. I want to talk about their generosity and giving nature – something that many people don’t know anything about. For instance, did you know that they have their own charity? It’s called Change For The Children and is meant “to support programs that motivate and inspire children to face adversity with confidence, determination and a will to succeed”. And did you know they donate a set percentage of their earnings to various non-profit groups? Yeah. They do. And did you know they’re constantly playing benefits to help raise money for different causes? Yeah, they do.

One example of this is how they spent their Friday night this past weekend. Not out partying, not living it up like proper stars. They spent the evening in NYC doing a show to help homeless kids. They bussed in kids from shelters to come to the show for free and sent them all home with backpacks filled with school supplies, healthy snacks and pre-paid emergency cell phones. AND they raised over $18,000 for the Robin Hood Fund. When was the last time you did something like that? I know I never have.

And this is far from the first time they’ve done such a thing. Last month Joe had a Fun Run in Texas to benefit the Special Olympics of Texas. Prizes were awarded to runners and over $20k was raised for the cause. Recently Nick spoke (twice!) in support of diabetes research funding in Washington – part of a series of appearances in his ongoing fight to raise awareness about Juvenile Diabetes. And over the course of their tour this summer they played softball to raise money for charity too – the “Road Dogs” raised over $22,000 from ten games!

I could go on and on about the fundraisers they’re organized and benefits they’ve played but I’ll let you guys read about all that on your own – there’s a lot. (Or who knows – maybe I’ll write another one of these oh-so-enlightening little notes for you!)

These guys do NOT have a lot of free time but this is the kind of stuff they choose to do with the free time they do have. I know there are other celebs that do it too, but they publicize it. It’s known. Everyone KNOWS about Angelina and her kids, Leo and his environmental work, etc. But honestly, what do you really know about the Jonas Brothers? If you’re anything like I was a year ago, not much. But hopefully I’ve enlightened you a little bit and perhaps even inspired you to learn a little more about them. They’re brilliantly talented, intelligent, GIVING people that deserve every single good thing that happens to them. Check ’em out.

Change For The Children

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