Free pancakes at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Yesterday, February 5th, was National Pancake Day at IHOP!  It's a day where the International House Of Pancakes gives away a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to guests!!  All they ask for is a donation to charity.  Their goal this year is to raise $3 million!!  Since the start of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised over $10 million for charity!

Now what could possibly be better than National Pancake Day? :)


And that's what's good,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Two NFL cheerleaders shave heads and raise money in support of coach with leukemia

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The Indianapolis Colt's head coach Chuck Pagano is feeling the love and support from the cheerleaders. Pagano, is currently going under chemotherapy treatments for leukemia and has lost his hair.

He has support from the sidelines! The Colt's mascot, Blue, challenged all cheerleaders asking if any would shave their heads if he raised $10,000 for leukemia research. Cheerleaders, Megan and Crystal Ann took him up on the challenge. $22,670.50 came in from online donations and buzzzzzz, their hair came off! :)

"I've just had personal experiences with people who have had cancer," Megan said to WISH-TV. "I've had mentors and family members and volunteer at Riley and met little girls who have lost their hair and beat cancer multiple times. Just seeing struggles they went through and how they could overcome that and still have confidence and fight this fight without their hair — they are really my inspiration for doing this."

Coach Pagano received a standing ovation at their last game and mouthed an appreciative “thank you” to the cheering crowd.

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

 

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Kid turns an idea into a 2 million person worldwide charity

Anyone at any time, no matter how big or small, shape or size or color, can make a difference.  That is a fact.  Craig Kielburger is living proof.

At the age of 11, Craig started what would become not just a single charity, but a worldwide movement.  It all began when he saw on the news the death of a young boy named Iqbal Masih in Pakistan.  Iqbal was a slave in a carpet factory who escaped to lead a campaign against slavery, but was silenced and killed 2 years later.  This deeply affected Craig who knew that he needed to do something.

Craig immediately began talking with his middle school classmates and asked which one of them would help.  Turns out, 11 classmates pitched in their time and they created the Free The Children charity right there in Craig's living room.

The charity rapidly grew.  As a kid, Craig was interviewed on 60 minutes.  Ed Bradley asked him in 1996, "Why you?"

"Why not?" was Craig's response.  "If everyone in the world asked 'Why me?' then nothing would get accomplished".

He moved forward with his organization which grew into a $30 million per year charity in 45 countries.  The charity builds schools, provides clean water, and connects local craftsmen and artists to world markets.

Craig hosts "WE day" events throughout the year to inspire kids to help and donate their time and piggy banks to the charity.  He gets celebrities to speak and give concerts for the event.  Each year, 2400 kids help other kids overseas through his program.  These kids have helped build over 100 schools in Kenya alone.

Many think that a single child can be insignificant in the world.  Craig sees it differently - "When you bring enough kids together, they can change the world".

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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