Sending hope in a shoe box
December 21st, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Sending hope in a shoe box

Sixteen-year-old Valery Bianco and his 13-year-old sister Marina Bianco take extra care in preparing and wrapping their shoe box gifts for "Operation Christmas Child."

They know firsthand what these gifts could mean to a child.

"I was almost 10 when I received my shoe box, and it was touching to receive a gift as an orphan, someone people don't care about," Valery says.

Those shoe boxes were the first gifts that Valery and Marina received during their life at a Russian orphanage.

Read the full story about Operation Christmas Child a charity run by Franklin Graham.

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Filed under: Charity • Christianity

December 13th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Sarah Palin visits Haiti with Christian group

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was in Haiti on Sunday, urging the U.S government and other Americans to do more to help the earthquake-ravaged country.

"Not to get political, but if some of the politicians would come here and see the conditions perhaps they would see the need for, say, a military airlift to bring the supplies that are so needed here," she said.

Palin spoke at a brief press conference at a warehouse owned by the Samaritan's Purse organization north of Port-au-Prince.

Read the full story on CNN.com/politics.

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Filed under: Charity • Christianity • Politics • Sarah Palin

Was Jesus a communist or a capitalist?
November 23rd, 2010
09:30 AM ET

Was Jesus a communist or a capitalist?

Editor's Note: By CNN's Gabe La Monica

At the inner Washington offices of the American Enterprise Institute, I pitted the question to Shane Claiborne and Peter Greer, both Christian advocates for the poor. They had just participated in an in-depth discourse moderated by Eric Teetsel at AEI about the existential nature of charity.

Claiborne is a lanky, tall fellow with long dreadlocks, earrings and a goatee.

The founding member of the Simple Way community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, responded: “Jesus wasn’t anything that ended in “ist” - he was an existential lover - but I think that he was challenging all these systems, and he was pulling the best of the people in those systems out.”


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Filed under: Charity • Christianity • Poverty • United States

September 19th, 2010
08:36 PM ET

Pastor: You should be ticked off about poverty

Editor's Note: CNN's TJ Holmes spoke with Max Lucado this weekend on CNN Newsroom about poverty.

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Filed under: Charity • Christianity

August 19th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

Amy Grant to combine tour and art fundraisers

Amy Grant will play for 300 people each night as part of 10 charity-event tour

Amy Grant will tour 10 cities this fall, playing small concerts and hosting an art gallery charity event at each show.

Entitled the "Pieces of Our Lives" tour, the shows will raise money for Compassion International, a charity that supports children who live in poverty.


- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Charity • Christianity • Culture & Science • Music • Uncategorized

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