Celebrate National Grandparents Day!


(PCM) Be sure to take some time out of your day to spend a little time with your grandparents, not only on National Grandparents Day which is celebrated nationally on September 13th, but throughout the entire year. Even if it is just a phone call to check in and say “I love you” it will certainly be remembered and cherished.

The idea for Grandparents Day was born in 1970 by Marian McQuade who started a campaign for a special day of recognition especially for grandparents. It was first proclaimed as a holiday in 1973 and was later officially established when President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation in 1978 that stated the first Sunday after Labor Day would be used to observe Grandparents Day.

There are quite a few other ways to celebrate Grandparents Day, in addition to, of course, spending time with your grandparents on this day. Many people are changing their Facebook profile picture to feature one with their grandparents or grandchildren, they are also using the hashtag #GrandparentsDay or #DoSomethingGrand to share with others the way that they are spending the day and to bring about more awareness to the holiday.

A few activities that can be done together include spending some time getting to know your grandparents by asking questions about what it was like for them growing up and the ways in which society has changed. You can also do things like cook a meal or bake together, sort through old boxed and photo albums together, record video/audio messages to one another if you are living far away, start putting together a family or even volunteer together at a local soup kitchen or shelter. The forget-me-not is the official flower of Grandparent Day, so perhaps even planting a small garden could be a fun way to celebrate the day! Additional ideas can be found by visiting the official Grandparents Day website, as well.


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Light A Candle To Support World Suicide Prevention Day


(PCM) World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on September 10th and urges all of us to take some time and work together towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Use this day as a reason to go check in on a friend or loved one that you may be concerned about and lend an ear and a shoulder to show them that they do have support in their time of need.

The theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level. There are a number of ways that you can become involved to raise awareness, as suicide claims more than 1 million lives worldwide each year. That number equates out to about one suicide every 40 seconds. According to Suicidology.com, There is an estimated 10 to 20 suicide attempts per each completed suicide, resulting in several million suicide attempts each year. Suicide and suicidal behavior affects individuals of all ages, genders, races and religions across the planet.

Risk factors remain essentially the same from country to country. Mental illness, substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss of loved ones, unemployment and vulnerability to self-harm are just few examples of risk factors. Protective factors are also the same in all corners of the world. High self-esteem, social connectedness, problem-solving skills, supportive family and friends are all examples of factors that buffer against suicide and suicidal behaviors.

World Suicide Prevention Day represents a call for action and involvement by all governments and organizations worldwide to contribute to the cause of suicide awareness and prevention through activities, events, conferences and campaigns in their country. On September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.


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Police Shut Down Jerry Seinfeld’s Lemonade Stand!


(PCM) We can already see the array of joke material that will be coming from this incident. Police in East Hampton New York swept in an shut down a lemonade stand that comedian Jerry Seinfeld was running with this children after they claimed to have received numerous complaints from neighbors in the area.

It seems that Jerry and his children happened to set up their lemonade stand in an area of their neighborhood that does not allow any type of solicitation or sales to take place. The neighbors became unhappy with the amount of traffic that the lemonade stand was bringing to the area and contacted the local area police to have them shut-down.

Despite being shut down by police the lemonade stand did manage to bring in some money which will be donated to a charity run by Jerry’s wife Jessica call Baby Buggy, which donates clothing to families in need.

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McDonald’s Harshly Rejects Burger King’s Offer To Create The McWhopper


(PCM) In an effort to join forces and celebrate International Peace Day coming up on September 21, Burger King made the decision to reach out to McDonald’s by taking out two full page ads in both the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune to propose that the two companies bring a cease fire to the “burger wars” and combine their two most famous sandwiches, The Whopper and The Big Mac, to create The McWhopper to celebrate Peace Day.

The ad says “Good morning McDonald’s. We come in peace. In fact, we come in honor of peace. We know we’ve had our petty differences, but how about we call a ceasefire on these so-called ‘burger wars’?”. The ad goes on to explain why Burger King decided to extend the olive branch as they feel the creation of something as spectacular as The McWhopper would be an excellent way to get the world talking about subjects such as peace, harmony and non-violence.

Burger King ends the letter by saying “All of the tastiest bits of your Big Mac and our Whopper united in one delicious, peace-loving burger, developed together, cooked together, and available in one location for one day only. Let’s end the beef with beef. Talk soon”.

The company even went as far as to create a YouTube video and website to go along with their outreach to create The McWhopper, however the amazing idea was quickly squashed by McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, who posted a somewhat snarky response on the companies Facebook page which read:

Dear Burger King,

Inspiration for a good cause… great idea.

We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference.

We commit to raise awareness worldwide, perhaps you’ll join us in a meaningful global effort?

And every day, let’s acknowledge that between us there is simply a friendly business competition and certainly not the unequaled circumstances of the real pain and suffering of war.

We’ll be in touch. – Steve, McDonald’s CEO P.S. A simple phone call will do next time.

Many are already calling the response from McDonald’s a bad business move, as it has been no secret that the fast-food chain has been on a downward slope for the last several years. This move could have done wonders to boot their business and reputation. So sad the two companies could not come together as it would have been awesome.  Many are still holding out to hope that McDonald’s will eventually see the err of their ways and come together with Burger King on the epic project to celebrate a great cause.

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John Cena is About to Grant His 500th Wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

John_Cena_Make_A_Wish(PCM) WWE United States Champion and all-around good guy John Cena is only a few days away from granting his 500th wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making him the top celebrity/athlete wish granter by a long shot.

Cena will grant his 500th wish on Monday, August 24th, before WWE Monday Night Raw at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn New York, when he grants the wish of 8 year-old Rocco of Queens, New York. Rocco, battling Leukemia, wished for the opportunity to hang out with the positivity-spreading WWE superstar/rapper/actor, and very deservedly, his wish will come true in just a few days.

In a world where it seems like everyone you know is constantly busy answering emails, running to meetings, tweeting, Instagramming, snapchatting, and getting caught up in their own world, it’s always refreshing (not to mention heartwarming) to hear about a celebrity taking the time out of their packed schedule to give back and use their fame for good.

John Cena has been giving back for years, granting hundreds of wishes to children in the Make-A-Wish Foundation and even donating millions of airline miles for wishes that required traveling.

In 2009, Cena was awarded the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, an award given to celebrities who dedicate time to improving the lives of children battling life-threatening illnesses and diseases, and in 2011, the WWE superstar was honored for granting the most wishes (300) of any celebrity/athlete since Make-A-Wish’s establishment in 1980.

“John Cena’s slogan, ‘Never Give Up,’ is a constant source of inspiration for wish kids and serves as a reminder to stay strong and keep pushing through the difficult times,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “The fact that he has had the sustained success required to reach 500 wishes speaks volumes about the type of person John is and the quality of the wish experience he delivers.”

“There is no more humbling experience than a child who could ask for anything in the world asking to meet me,” said WWE Superstar John Cena. “I have faced some of the toughest Superstars in WWE history and I’ve never encountered more bravery or toughness than I see in each wish kid that I meet. It is inspiring to see the impact that granting wishes can have and I look forward to granting 500 more.”

As a celebration of his work, Make-A-Wish and WWE are hosting a party in his honor at a Dave & Buster’s in NYC on Friday, August 21st, featuring Make-A-Wish America President and CEO David Williams, WWE Divas The Bella Twins, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstar Sheamus, wish kids and their families, and of course, John Cena.

For more information on Make-A-Wish and their long-standing partnership with WWE, visit Wish.org.

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Baltimore Batman Killed After Being Struck By A Vehicle On I-70


(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn that 51-year old Lenny Robinson, best known as Baltimore Batman, was stuck and killed by a vehicle on I-70 near Hagerstown, Maryland.  The Maryland State Police report that Robinson’s Batmobile was suffering from engine trouble and Robinson had stepped out of the vehicle to check on the issues when he was fatally struck and killed by another passing car.

Police go on to report on the tragic occurrence saying that Robinson’s Batmobile was partially stopped in the highway’s fast lane and that he and his vehicle were struck while he was standing in the fast lane investigating the engine trouble. A Toyota Camry struck the Batmobile and then Robinson leaving him with fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Camry was not injured and so far there have been no charges filed.

Robinson was well-loved around the country, especially in his hometown of Baltimore, for donning his Batman suit and visiting with terminally ill children in local area hospitals. He also visited schools to speak about bullying issues. He also traveled the country in the Batmobile stopping at various children’s hospitals along the route to hand out Batman toys to sick children. Robinson became a national news figure and viral internet star when he was pulled over in the Batmobile wearing his full Batsuit for not having proper tags on the vehicle.

Our sincere condolences go out to Robinson’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.


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