Day 149- Rosie O’Donnell

I’ve always thought Rosie was all heart. As it turns out, I was right. The actress/talk-show host/entertainer has had a long run, both in the industry as well as in philanthropy. In 1996, Rosie wrote Find Me, a memoir that became second highest on the New York Times Bestseller list. She used the money she was paid by the publishing company to start her own nonprofit, Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation. The charity is “dedicated to helping America’s kids by supporting non-profit programs that serve disadvantaged children.”

As both a foster and adoptive mother, Rosie never tires of caring for kids!

In 2006, the foundation opened The Children’s Plaza and Family Center in Renaissance Village, which provided relief to families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who were living in FEMA trailer parks at the time.

In addition, O’Donnell is a big supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, “America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.”

Rosie has contributed to Autism Speaks, and to Heifer International, which aims to encourage communities to achieve sustainability through the provision of livestock.

Finally, Rosie’s Broadway Kids aspires to educate children about the arts, in particular those who are underprivileged.

In closing, let me just say: there are class acts, and there are class acts, but Rosie’s in…a league of her own. (I bet you saw that one coming!)

A quick reminder to all who are interested in helping the victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster: please visit http://www.cnn.com/impact for a thorough listing of legitimate agencies and organizations which are accepting donations. Some of them, like the Red Cross, allow you to make a donation via a simple text message. I thank the Lord that many of the children orphaned by this tragedy were able to finally arrive in the U.S.! I pray that, while they may never forget their old life and their families, they will be able to begin a new chapter in life and that they will be given every opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Well, I better hit the hay soon. I spent the day at UCF today, and tomorrow I get take my legal aspects of psychology class over at Valencia! “A woman’s work is never done.”

On that note, I will leave you to do what I do the very best…..

zzzzzzzzzzzzz   Laurita 😉

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