I saw this story and had to share! I’m sure that the moms out there can relate.
This mom loves her sons to pieces, as caring parents do. However, like most parents, she was excited to send them back to school after summer vacation. In fact, she was so excited that she decided to treat herself to a day at the most magical place on earth.
Lisa DiNoto Glassner and her family live in Orlando, FL, just a mile away from Walt Disney World. Since they’re so close, they are regular patrons of the parks. On the first day of school for her sons, she planned to go do some laundry after dropping them off. Lisa soon changed her mind. “I was like, you know what? I’m taking a moment and I’m going to take a walk in Magic Kingdom,” she shared in an interview with WOFL in Orlando.
During her special trip, Lisa spent the day meeting and snapping pics with the different characters. She even carried a Walt Disney World pin along with her that she was celebrating the first day of school! Many of the characters even held the pin for her pictures. “And then I saw the Fairy Godmother and it was all over — we just connected on another level,” Lisa shared. “[She] just got it immediately. We were both crying and laughing.”
HA! I ain’t mad at ya, Mom! I swear this is the type of mom I’ll end up being. Drop the kids back and then go have a fun day for myself.
Non-profit organization USA Patriots is working to have a positive impact on kids with limb differences with a special summer camp!
Formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), USA Patriots work to bring athletic and veteran amputees together to promote the benefits of inclusive sport and therapeutic recreational activities. This softball team is comprised of veterans who’ve lost limbs in combat and non-combat-related injuries and it travels around the U.S., competing against able-bodied teams. Their mission now trickles over to children with a week-long camp for disabled kids all over the country.
The camp accepts children ages 8 to 12 and is hosted at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach. The USA Patriots pays for all the expenses for each child and one guardian. During the camp, these kids are able to play softball and connect with wounded veterans who have gone through trauma like them. As they learn the sport, these kids are finding confidence in themselves and their physical abilities again.
“We wanna show you we got knocked down, but we got right back up,” Josh Wege, one of the veterans involved, told Inside Edition.com. Josh lost his legs in Afghanistan after the car he was in hit an IED (improvised explosive device). However, he refuses to let that stop him from competing with his team or living life. “I don’t put on socks and shoes in the morning,” he said. “I strap legs onto my body to be able to walk. So life taught me perspective. My injury taught me perspective. And I can share that with anyone else that comes out.”
Collin, Ryan, and Austin Gill wanted their own money to buy video games and toys. The brothers ended up starting their own candle business to fund their own wants. However, the business is now impacting their community in an amazing way.
The Gill brothers were encouraged by their parents to start their own business as other young people are beginning to do. “We asked our mom what her favorite thing to buy [is] … she said bath bombs, but there [were] too [many[ chemicals and there’s a lot of [processes], so the next thing she said was candles,” 11-year-old Ryan told InsideEdition.com.
Celena Gill, mom to the three boys, took a candle-making class to help teach the boys how to make their own. “Then we started testing each candle,” oldest brother Collin explained. “It took a couple weeks to get a good formula and once we started selling, we almost sold out the first vending event we had.”
The boys eventually named their business “Frères Branchiaux,” (pronounced “frair bron-shee-oh”) which is “Gill brothers” in French. They make all of their candles in their home in Indian Head, Maryland. Since they began their business, the boys have sold over 10,000 candles!
Though they certainly have enough money for their video games and toys now, the Gill brothers also made it a point to give back. They donate a part of their proceeds to homeless shelters in the Washington, D.C. area which is making a positive impact. “They have been really invested and being a part of a community will inspire kids to do the same thing,” mom Celena added.
The brothers are currently raising money to purchase their own candle truck. hope to expand their business soon with a candle truck. Their plan is to employ the homeless and create jobs through the truck as well. Incredible!
The event, held on July 24, 2019, was held at Johnny Pigozzi’s Villa Dorane and was hosted by Sir Elton John himself along with David Furnish. Guests for the night included Joan Collins, Chris Martin, Dr. Sandra Lee, Taron Egerton, and many more.
The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner, and live music as well as a live auction of unique and luxurious items and experiences, including the first edition of the new Bentley, a beautiful Yamaha piano used in the Rocketman film and autographed by Sir Elton John and Taron Egerton, a custom Gucci jacket worn by Taron in Rocketman and tickets to see Elton’s farewell tour, and a trip to Los Angeles on American Airlines to attend the foundation’s 2020 Academy Awards Viewing Party and stay at the new H Club.
All in all, the event was able to raise $6 million (€5.5 Million) for the important cause! “It’s because of the consistent support and kindness of so many people in this room that we are able to commit the Elton John AIDS Foundation to real partnerships with world leaders that can make a future without AIDS,” Sir Elton John shared at the event. Of course, Elton has been involved in the HIV/AIDS movement for many years now, and it’s great to see him and his foundation continue to make a great impact.
Jaden Smith brought in his 21st birthday with a selfless act of love for the homeless community in Los Angeles!
On July 8, the musician has his first pop up event with his I Love You Restaurant, a vegan food truck. The truck served members of the homeless community in LA’s Skid Row region
“I Love You Restaurant is a movement that is all about giving people what they deserve—healthy, vegan food for free,” Jaden shared in a photo of the truck on Instagram. “Today, we launched our first one-day food truck pop-up in Downtown LA. Keep a lookout because this is the first one of many.”
Many celebrities including Kevin Hart, Bella Thorne, and Yara Shahidi commended his efforts. I do as well. Homelessness is up 16% in LA and is a serious problem in this country. While more needs to be done to actually get people out of the streets, it’s great that Jaden is doing what he can to bring them healthy meals to get through the day. I hope to see more of these pop-ups in the future!