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Children in an Afghan Village Receive Teddies
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Lt. Todd Morrissey of Port Washington, NY and currently serving with Charlie Company, 101st Airborne Division is bringing good will to a small village in Afghanistan. The children are very poor and frightened of the on going war that surrounds them. Todd, with the support of his congregation at the Lutheran Church in Port Washington and Hugs Across America, is providing school, and personal supplies as well as the comfort of teddy bears to hundreds of the communities children. This is a part of the war that touches the heart and perhaps brings some understanding among very different worlds. We are delighted to help Todd with his mission.
Flash Flood Kills in Arkansas
Friday, July 30, 2010
At least 16 people, including some children, were killed Friday after flash floods swept through their remote Arkansas campsites following a heavy rain. The Albert Pike Campgrounds in Langley were all but washed away as a usually 3’ deep stream turned into a 23’ deep raging river.
About 60 campers were rescued by emergency workers, another two dozen hospitalized. "About one-thirty, two in the morning, we started hearing children and women screaming and crying," said Crystel Hofer, who was asleep in her cabin when the water came raging through. "So we went to the door and opened the door and they were trying to come up the hill to where our cabin was to escape the rising water."
Hug's bears were called to help comfort children and families affected by this terrifying flood. The American Red Cross set up a shelter response team and went to work immediately giving out food, water medical care and…teddies.
Music for Comfort Concert
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Bring your friends for an evening of fun on August 7th, 2010. Music for Comfort Concert to benefit Hugs Across America featuring two very talented folk musicians!
Event: Music for Comfort Concert (to benefit Hugs Across America)
Venue: Angels & Kings (500 East 11th St, New York, NY). 21+. Cash bar. $10 suggested donation.
Classically trained and winner of national and international piano competitions since 1991, Sasha Papernik started writing songs as a means of reaching a broader audience, and eventually hit upon a style all her own, where raucous, virtuosic piano riffs meet smooth, lovely melodies. The intelligent, introspective lyrics are the icing on the cake. Initially crafted as solo-piano pieces, the songs developed a driving energy after some fellow conservatory musicians became Sasha’s first touring band. She built her chops the time-honored way: by playing in every tri-state area venue she could log onto her schedule, learning to give hushed atmospherics to an attentive audience and hurl blistering soul-grabbers at those who were on their twelfth beer.
"...it's Claremont’s slow burners that stand out. “Walker Evans” rolls like a journey through the Depression-era documentarian’s photographs—heartbreaking scenes whose voices “rise” and “roar” beneath a surface quieted by time; here vivid and clear once more. The soul-stirring “Okay” alternates between fragile piano tiptoeing and a restless amble, creating a heartbreaking narrative on love and loss..."
In the last year, minimalist folk duo Bella Ruse have proven themselves to be a talented, hardworking band, going on three national tours and recording three EPs. They have also fully funded their upcoming full length album via Kickstarter.com with the generous support of their fans all across the country. Their simple but engagingly intimate show has impressed audiences from their hometown of Minneapolis to Seattle to Hollywood, and their songs Push On and Dark Horse have received radio and podcast play worldwide. After only a year together, band members Kay and Joseph are poised to make a big impact on the national scene.
This duo makes nothing short of stunningly beautiful minimal rock. It's almost impossible not to be charmed by singer Kay Gillette's warm, intimate vocals.