Sunday, January 24, 2010

Kris Allen To Help Out In Haiti

In an interview with B97 in New Orleans before the NFC Championship game, Kris Allen announced that he was going to Haiti to help out with relief efforts. He said he was originally going to do Friday's telethon but got "hooked up" with an opportunity to GO to Haiti instead to help out. (Idol Gives Back, perhaps?)

This kind of humanitarian work is nothing new to Kris. He made many similar trips before he even auditioned for American Idol, traveling to places such as Thailand, South Africa, Morocco (where he got so sick he almost died), Mozambique, Spain and Burma for missionary work. When he was in Thailand visiting a refugee camp, he famously gave up his new, expensive guitar because their guitar was missing pegs, couldn't tune and wasn't compatible with the amps.

Here's audio from the interview, courtesy thisistaks:

10 comments:

gabrieloak said...

Kris is so generous. I hope he is safe when he goes to Haiti.

I wish he had done the telethon, too, though. He needs the exposure and it would have been for such a good cause.

nancy said...

I respect Kris more and more since he debuted in the American Idol show 10 months ago. Wish Kris a safe trip. What is the condition of Haiti now? I'm a worried mother....

Anonymous said...

Haiti has become a celebrity hot spot… these days any D-listed “star” who wants another five minute of fame talks about going there “to help”….
Bullshit.
The last thing the people in Haiti need is Hollywood celebrities turning their horrible situation into a media circus to sell a movie or an album.

Donate as much money as you can to organizations like Red Cross but stay the hell away from Haiti… leave it to people who are actually pros, who know what needs to be done and actually DO it instead of talking to the media about maybe doing it.

Anonymous said...

I think you're forgetting that Kris is far from a hollywood celebrity. If he wasn't on idol last year, my guess is he'd be down in Haiti anyway helping out, doing grunt work, whatever was necessary. He's done Tsunami relief work, as well as worked with children in S. Africa...this isn't just for show.

Ryo said...

Ah, the smell of crazy Glambert in the middle of the night. It's so familiar these days.

Seriously, I doubt you know a thing about humanitarian work to being with; stop preaching and go back to jizzing over Adam's nice little PSA.

Kudos to Kris for getting his hands dirty.

sparklecow said...

leave it to people who are actually pros, who know what needs to be done and actually DO it instead of talking to the media about maybe doing it.

Well, Kris Allen has done Tsunami relief and other humaniarian work before. AND he IS really going there and not just talking about it.

But you're right. It's so much better if he just sits on his a$$ and write a cheque while enjoying his Perrier.

bravoksw said...

Reply to #3 comments by Anonymous
I have to say to you “shame on you.” It appears to me you think people do things are for their own gains. You don’t have “charity” in your dictionary.
Charity is something from people’s hearts to help the needed. The power of famous people is to bring the awareness of the areas so that ordinary people would put their hearts (translate into money) to it.
Kris Allen, I’m proud of you!

Anonymous said...

Huh... last thing I heard Kris Allen isn't going to Haiti after all...
Looks like #3 was right and it was just talk to get media attention...
Shame, I thought better of him

Water Cooler Convo said...

Your "concern" is so touching.

His trip was postponed until March.

Anonymous said...

What number 3 meant was that Haiti needs doctors and relief teams( they're the people who do this for a living, they are police officers and firefighters who are a part of FEMA) While he might have done Tsunami relief work for his missions, he is a singer and what the people of Haiti need now is immediate medical care from those professionals, military presence to keep order and maintain safety, and structural engineers for all the collapsed buildings. While it is a generous thought, one must use common sense and realize that at this point in time, it would not be wise to go to the country.