Good guy Eddie Vedder was up to it again, this time choosing to celebrate Christmas by helping out a family in need. The story began with a mother’s plea to Craigslist for help, as her family of six children was facing eviction in Maryland. The story went viral when the Washington Post covered it, encouraging readers to help this woman not only keep her home but buy presents for her children as well.Fortunately, Mr. Vedder saw the article and decided to help, sending the woman $10,000 to face her tragic situation. Said Vedder, “There were years there were toys from Santa, but they were used and they came from garage sales and they didn’t always work.” He also mentioned wanting to provide a “tourniquet” to help the family gain some stability.The Washington Post follow-up article captures the family’s excitement on Christmas morning, though does take note of their long-term struggles. Hopefully stories like these will help Americans realize how hard life is in poverty.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore Episcopal church founded by slaveholders in the 1860s says it will spend $500,000 over the next five years to establish a fund intended as reparations for slavery. The Baltimore Sun reports that members of Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill voted Sunday to set aside $100,000 to donate in the next year to community organizations doing what it termed “justice-centered work.” The fund is intended to address race-based inequalities that have proliferated for generations in the church and in the community at large. A church advisory group will choose beneficiaries that focus their work on issues of housing, education, environmental justice or civic engagement.
Nenagh Ormond, who started the day in 4th place, defeated Queens 38-25 in Belfast.They scored six tries – Derek Corcoran (2), Lemeki Vaipulu, Fergal Brislane, Mike Fogarty and Peter O’Connor all crossed the line for the victors.Cashel beat Skerries 31-14 at Spafield. They trailed by two points at the break but a strong second-half showing earned them the victory over the Dublin side. Ed Leamy scored two tries for Cashel, Kevin Leamy and Danny Lambe one each as well as being awarded a penalty try.Pat O’Connor kicked three conversions.