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Chelsea Phaire, 10, Donates Over 1,500 Art Kits to Kids in Foster Care and Homeless Shelters During COVID-19 Crisis

(Photo via chelseascharity.com)

Chelsea Phaire, a 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, has sent more than 1,500 children in homeless shelters and foster care homes art kits to give them something to play and create with during these extra-stressful times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to CNN.com, the kits — which offer markers, crayons, paper, coloring books, colored pencils, and gel pens — are sent to schools and shelters across the country as part of Chelsea’s Charity, an organization founded by Chelsea and her parents.

To quote the CNN article:

“Since she was seven, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity,” Candace Phaire, Chelsea’s mom, told CNN. “She was so persistent, every couple of months she would ask, ‘Are we starting Chelsea’s Charity yet?’ When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it.”

After her birthday party, Chelsea used the donations to send out her first 40 art kits to a homeless shelter in New York. The family then set up an Amazon wishlist full of art supplies. Every time they get enough donations, they pack up the kits and deliver them to kids in person.

In just the first five months, Chelsea and her mom sent out nearly 1,000 kits to children in homeless shelters, foster care homes, women’s shelters, and schools impacted by gun violence.

(photo via Instagram)

Before the pandemic, Chelsea was able to travel with her mom across the country to meet the kids in-person, and even teaches them some of her favorite drawing tips.

Now, schools are closed, and social distancing precautions will not allow Chelsea to physically interact with the kids as much. Instead, she and her mom are mailing the kits.

Since March, when schools began to close, the family has sent over 1,500 kits to schools, shelters, and foster homes in 12 states across the US.

“I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits,” Chelsea told CNN. “I have definitely grown as a person because of this. Now my dream is to meet every kid in the entire world and give them art. Who knows, maybe if we do that and then our kids do that, we’ll have world peace!”

Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/20/us/10-year-old-girl-art-kits-foster-care-homeless-shelter-trnd/index.html

Lauryn Hill Announces 1st Post-Prison Concert Date in New York

 Lauryn Hill will return to the stage on Thanksgiving Eve at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, according to reports.
Lauryn Hill will return to the stage on Thanksgiving Eve at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, according to reports. (DAVID WOLFF VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Lauryn Hill will return to the stage on Thanksgiving Eve at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, reports NJ.com. This will be Hill’s first performance since beginning her three-month prison stint in a Danbury, Conn., jail in July for tax evasion. She was released on Oct. 4.  “I can confirm she was released, and she’s doing well,” her attorney Lou Nathan Hochman told the Daily News at the time. “Her court case is now 100 percent done. She has one year of supervised release, and then she’ll be completely done.”

Furthermore, the former Fugees member was given permission to postpone her house arrest in order to commence with tour dates. Hochman confirmed Hill is allowed to tour from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31, according to the court order signed by Judge Madeline Cox Arleo.  However, she’ll start out the New Year on house arrest as her home-confinement sentencing will begin on January 1.  The mother of six children with Rohan Marley, Bob Marley’s son, definitely knows how to time things correctly in her musical career. Her latest single “Consumerism” was released on her Tumblr page the day before she got out of federal prison. It is now available on iTunes.

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Lauryn Hill Released From Prison, Says Attorney

Lauryn Hill Released From PrisonDANBURY, Conn. — DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Lauryn Hill’s attorney says she has been released from federal prison after serving time for failing to pay taxes.  Hill left the facility in Danbury, Connecticut today.  Her attorney Nathan Hochman says he hasn’t had a chance to speak to his client yet.

Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying taxes on more than $1.5 million earned from 2005 to 2007. She was sentenced in July to serve three months. Under terms of her plea agreement, she’ll spend the next three months under home confinement. She lives in South Orange, N.J.

Hill, a former member of the Fugees and winner of multiple Grammys, has said she stopped paying taxes after she dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her children, who now number six.

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