South Carolina megachurch NewSpring gave away over $215,000 worth of shoes and gift cards to students and teachers in underprivileged schools earlier this month. NewSpring Public Relations Director Suzanne Swift said the donations are a no-strings-attached way to show the community they care.
"Our church believes you can't do life alone and as families are buying gifts for Christmas and other necessities, this is just a small way we can come alongside them, be generous and help these families in our community," Swift told The Christian Post.
More than 350 volunteers from Pastor Perry Noble's multi-site church traveled to 12 elementary schools, giving away 7,265 pairs of colorful New Balance shoes fresh out of the boxes to every single student. Teachers and staff also received $25 restaurant gift cards as well. more >>
A woman in Wellington, Kansas is expected to be charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son, whom she allegedly killed on Sunday night in order to protect them from this world.
Lindsey Nicole Blansett, 33, allegedly murdered her 10-year-old son Caleb while he slept. She reportedly snuck into his bedroom while he was sleeping and used a knife and rock to kill the child.
Blansett "intentionally and with premeditation" killed the boy after she "decided the boy would be better off in heaven than to face the world's problems," the police reported. "That is what we intend to prove," county attorney Kerwin Spencer told The Wellington Daily News. more >>
DeVon Franklin is the creative executive behind the upcoming "Annie" remake, which will be in theaters on Friday, Dec. 19.
He recently spoke with The Christian Post about the project and the concept of family.
"I think that whenever you can take your family to a movie and enjoy a shared experience that can uplift you, can bring you hope, can bring you closer, especially during the holiday season, that's important. And this film can and will do that," he added. "Family isn't always biological; a lot of times you can find family where family is. Family can be those people who love you, who care for you whether they're biological or not. It's important to find family where you can. Movies like 'Annie' bring that idea to the front." more >>
Jim Bob Duggar has spoken out about the recent efforts to remove his show "19 Kids & Counting" from TLC due to what are believed to be homophobic comments and actions.
"We love everybody, but we don't always agree with them," the Duggar patriarch said at a press conference on Nov. 21. "They won't succeed. Our show is the number one show on TLC. We love everybody. It's a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure. We've gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week. God is expanding our border through the national media."
The Duggar family, which is known for its religious beliefs and large size, have been on TLC for six years and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. In recent weeks, they have come under fire for taking part in a political movement to keep transgender people out of public restrooms and then removing photos of same-sex couples kissing from their Facebook page. However, the Duggar family remains firm in their commitment to God and to spreading the message of God's love to the public. more >>
Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanged in Aug. and his family insists that he was lynched; the FBI just announced that they would be looking into the case to determine whether Lennon's death was self-inflicted or murder.
"That's all I've ever asked for: what is due, owed rightfully to me, and my family – justice. Prove to me what happened to my child," Claudia Lacy, mother of the deceased, told CNN.
Lennon was last seen on Aug. 28, when he left his home in Bladenboro, North Carolina, to exercise. When he didn't return home, his parents grew concerned, and at 7:30 the following morning, Lennon was found hanging from a swing set in the center of a park. Medical reports stated that he was covered in fire ants, adding to the sadness of the teen's death. more >>
Spelman College has suspended its prestigious program worth $20 million in the wake of the recent allegations made against Bill Cosby, while his wife has spoken out for the first time to defend her husband.
"The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life," Spelman College said in an official statement. "However, the current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met."
Cosby and his wife gifted the school $20 million in the late 1980s, establishing the prestigious professorship. The family also gave an academic center, named for Camille. This is not the first school that Cosby has been affiliated with; earlier this month, he stepped down from the board of trustees at Temple University. He was also stripped of the honorary title of chief petty officer given to him in 2011. more >>