After my third heart surgery, a friend asked me, “What do you plan to do with your second chance at life?” I made a decision to give back to the community by becoming a volunteer for the American Heart Association. I share my story of survival – my high and low moments.
When President George H. W. Bush saw that members of his Secret Service detail had shaved their heads to show support for a 2-year-old cancer patient, whose medical treatments are causing his hair to fall out, the 89-year-old decided to bare his own scalp this week.
Last week at the White House (it is not often that you get to say that!), I had the privilege of spending time with President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush and President Obama and Michelle Obama, along with dozens of Daily Point of Light honorees and hundreds of other Americans.
To many in Binghamton and Johnson City, N.Y., Michael Haynes is known simply as "Chef Michael." The former professional chef has cooked free, weekly meals for more than a decade as a volunteer at two local United Methodist churches.
Today, on Nelson Mandela Day, Mandela’s grandsons, Ndaba and Kweku, join with President George H. W. Bush and Points of Light in honoring Kathy Eldon, co-founder of Creative Visions Foundation, as winner of today’s Daily Point of Light Award for her work in Africa and around the world.
Unity was on vivid display this Monday when President Obama welcomed the man who launched the modern service movement, President George H. W. Bush, back to the White House to honor the recipients of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light award. Together, they lauded Kathy Hamilton and Floyd Hammer of Union, Iowa, for stepping up to fight hunger and improve the lives of children worldwide.
President Barack Obama and Points of Light Founder President George H. W. Bush joined dozens of service leaders from throughout the country at a White House event on July 15 to present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton of Union, Iowa. Hammer and Hamilton are the founders of Outreach, Inc., which provides safe water, food, medical care and education to children and those in need at home and abroad.
At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, President and Mrs. Obama will host President George H. W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at a special White House ceremony to honor the 5,000th person to receive the Daily Point of Light Award, which recognizes those who embrace the challenge of tackling a community need through volunteer service. I hope you'll join the fun and inspiration.
Let’s face it, our world isn’t going to run out of problems soon – child hunger, education inequality, international humanitarian injustice – take your pick, there are oodles of issues ripe for the picking, and application of the dedicated hard work of people who recognize their severity is in high demand.
About one out of six people does not have access to safe drinking water and 3.4 million people die each year from a water-related disease. There are young people from all over the globe saving the environment, saving lives and preserving our incredible world for generations to come.