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Do good, feel good

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QUOTE FROM THE PODCAST

Do good, feel good. It’s really true.

Gretchen Rubin

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Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves at The Lake House London premiere
Keanu Reeves at The Lake House London premiere (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

#4. Keanu Reeves Likes to Give His Money Away

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There are few people who consider Keanu Reeves to be at the top of the list of Hollywood talent, and the Internet’s opinion of him on the whole can probably be summarized by the “Sad Keanu” meme. But then, if you’re aware of Reeves’ life story, you’ll realize that he actually has a lot to be sad about. (Seriously, if you click that link, you’re going to be depressed for a while and regret making fun of him so much.)

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Wow … we take back everything we said about your accent in Dracula … well, almost everything.

But Reeves has never let his horrible run of luck stop him from trying to make a difference in the world. When his sister was diagnosed with leukemia, Reeves became her caretaker, making her meals, preparing her medication, putting entire film shoots on hold, and donating millions to the hospital that was treating her so they could advance their leukemia research.

It appears that Reeves has even garnered the sympathy of the studio bosses, usually known for being some of the most greedy bastards on the planet, who are willing to finance his indie fare on the condition that he stars in blockbusters as well. They know Reeves isn’t particularly interested in money, which he made clear by signing away some of his paycheck so the studio could hire Gene Hackman and Al Pacino for The Replacements and The Devil’s Advocate, respectively.


Which would be even more impressive if it hadn’t been for, you know, The Replacements and The Devil’s Advocate.

Reeves’ lack of care for his own money extends as far as giving $80 million of his Matrix salary away to the special-effects team and costume designers who worked on the trilogy, as he believes they are the ones who deserve all the credit. According to Reeves, “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I’ve already made for the next few centuries.”

If you’re really in need, though, all you have to do is get a job as one of the hundreds of crew members who work at his film shoots. When Reeves isn’t buying breakfast and lunch for the crew or surprising them with Harley-Davidsons, he’s giving away $20,000 so they can pay off their debts.

Just don’t expect him to lose the hobo look. He’s apparently into that.

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“I’ve built three children’s hospitals with the money I’ve saved on razors and haircuts.”

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_20413_5-heartwarming-stories-to-restore-your-faith-in-celebrities.html#ixzz2YQXS6hBt

The charity jungle needs a compass reader

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Some of my friends and I, have wanted to find out where the best place to give our money would be. There are enough tales about corruption and money disappearing for me to do some research on the subject, and I thought one way of starting this research was by letting you write what you give your money too, and maybe even comment on why the charity gagayou have chosen, is a good choice!

 

Mark Your Calendars: Your Gift Can Be Doubled!

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Like I said, anger took its hold on me on Tuesday. Since then I have been reading, thinking and writing about human trafficking and sexual slavery, because it really upsets me. I`ve read about innocent children being used, while people silently accept it. Those thought might be fertile ground for depression and helplessness, but I want my ground to be receptive to new seeds that might grow into something in the future. For that reason, I don`t let negativity settle, just nutrients like compassion and hope. I also find people who water the seeds with me.

Today I found a wonderful campaign in the heart of were its needed: The thai capital of prostitution.

A grassroot movement of people like you and me, will build a camp, and invite families to come. Both children and parents can attend and they have designed a special program that hopefully will set hearts on fire. Not just by lectures, but also by playing realistic problem-solving games. They will also get sexual education, and information about boundries when it comes to their bodies, since this is almost never talked about normally.

Take a look at the site, because this is something that actually might change attitudes. Attitudes are what binds a society together, and the more people who get new ones, the more likely that changes can happen.

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We’re excited to announce next week’s matching gift campaign with One Day’s Wages (ODW); a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW promotes awareness, invites simple giving, and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions.

Beginning Monday, May 13th at 9:00AM P.S.T we will be raising funds for The SOLD Project’s Family Camps and Anti-Trafficking Awareness Programs. All donations will be matched up to $2,500.00.

THE CAMP

The two-day camp offers parents and their children (primarily teens) the unique
opportunity to discuss points of conflict and collaborate together on solutions in a
supportive environment. Through culturally relevant group activities, families are offered
a structured place to intentionally connect with each other for, as many past participants
noted, the very first time.

Parents and children work together on communicating expectations and responding to
conflict in the Positive Discipline session…

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