Saturday, February 20, 2010

Idols Give Back

Kris Allen visited Haiti on Friday with the UN Foundation to aid in earthquake relief efforts. Kris did some hands-on work in Haiti, helping out the World Food Program with food distribution at Petite Place de Cazeu, a small camp for internally displaced people in Port au Prince, and helping with Haitians doing construction/cleanup work for the 'Work for Cash' UNDP program in Carrefour.

He also spent time with the Concern Haiti organization. According to tweets from Concern's Dominic MacSorley, Kris visited the Concern baby tent, a "quiet 'get well' space in a crowded camp for mothers and children". After Kris' visit, MacSorley tweeted, "Ok Concern Haiti officially loves American Idol Kris Allen - he's so cool & even sang Amazing Grace to mothers & children in our baby tent." (Pic 1, Pic 2). The next day, MacSorley tweeted, "Concern met Kris a true humanitarian, informed, respectful connecting w/mothers & child through universal language-music."

A Salvation Army officer also blogged about Kris' visit to their camp, where they have just implemented a new registration process for bar-coded ration cards for families in need. The Salvation Army officer wrote, "It was good to see him - he was very friendly and he made quite an impact on the families. My hope is that his visit will keep the interest in Haiti alive and help promote the on-going work. Check out the programme on Thursday and look out for The Salvation Army."

Here are a couple of other photos of Kris in Haiti, distributed by the UN.

And video from the UN:

Kris will appear on American Idol on Thursday during the results show to talk about his trip, share footage and encourage people to donate to the Idol Gives Back Foundation to help support the U.N. Foundation's work in Haiti. He will also perform on the show.

Elliott Yamin is also doing work for Idol Gives Back and Malaria No More right now, returning to Angola with Kara DioGuardi. Elliott tweeted, "2day was 1 of the longest most productive days of my life!..handed out malaria bednets to kids at the st isabel orphanage in luanda! ... met w government officials and ngo's in to see sister domingues again...did an interview on angolan news... no update on baby elliott yet...but i cant wait 4 yall to c the footage on the idol gives back show on 4/21!!"

Baby Elliott, if you recall, was named after Elliott when he visited Angola for Idol Gives Back in 2008. You can see the video of that HERE. (Warning: keep Kleenex handy!)

Adam Lambert visited Belvedere Middle School on Thursday to deliver music supplies to the school from Adam spearheaded a fan challenge in September to raise money for DonorsChoose, and his fans responded by donating nearly $300,000 when all was said and done.

Adam sang with some of the music students, who accompanied him on guitar, drums and recorders on his single "Whataya Want From Me." The LA Times was there to capture this on video:

You can read more about Adam's school visit in the LA Times.

Adam, Kris, Allison Iraheta, Carrie Underwood, Ryan Seacrest, and Ellen DeGeneres are amongst the celebrities who appear in this video for the Ricky Martin Foundation/Habitat for Humanity Haiti Recovery Fund.

The four singers, plus Ellen, autographed hardhats to be auctioned off in the RMF/HFH "Hardhats for Haiti" auction.

1 comment:

nancy said...

I'd like to say, Kris, I'm PROUD of you.

I'm proud to be a Kris Allen fan.