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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re putting the spotlight on celebrities who are not only heroes to their fans, but also to their children! These celebrity moms are supporting life-changing initiatives, raising awareness for important causes, and sparking positive change across the globe!
Shania Twain Gives Back Through Concerts and Charities
Country superstar Shania Twain is a mother in more ways than one! Shania Twain founded Shania Kids Can to support underprivileged children living in similar circumstances to those she faced as a child. SKC provides children with one-on-one consultations, academic support, group activities, and nutritious snacks and meal programs where needed, all while in the safe, confidence-building environment of the Shania Kids Can Clubhouse. Throughout the pandemic, SKC transitioned to an online model and with kids back in school, have modified the program to be able to support the children while ensuring proper protocols are in place.
“I feel luck saved me from falling through the cracks as a child and believe it’s neither wise nor fair to leave the destiny of any child to luck,” shares Shania.
In the meantime, Shania Twain is eagerly awaiting to return to her residency show, Shania Twain “Let’s Go!” The Las Vegas Residency at Zappos Theater, where $1 from every ticket purchased and 100% of merchandise proceeds go toward Shania Kids Can!
Outside of SKC, the reigning Queen of Country Pop spent time raising money for COVID-19 relief. Shania opened for Canada Together: In Concert, a five-night broadcast presented by ET Canada and the Canadian Country Music Association Foundation. All proceeds raised from the broadcast were donated equally between Food Banks Canada and the Unison Benevolent Fund, supporting Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more and donate, visit ShaniaKidsCan.com
Michelle Obama Launches New Cooking Show for Children
The former First Lady of the United States has announced ‘Waffles + Mochi,’ a new children’s cooking show that follows the two titular characters who want to escape ‘The Land of Frozen Food’ to become chefs, with their dreams becoming a reality at a whimsical new supermarket.
Waffles and Mochi will travel to kitchens, restaurants, farms, and homes worldwide, cooking up recipes alongside renowned chefs, home cooks, kids, and celebrities. The show is looking to open up conversations about cooking, healthy eating, and connecting through food.
Michelle took to Instagram to share: “It’s all about good food, discovering it, cooking it, and of course, eating it. These two will take us on adventures worldwide to explore new ingredients and try out new recipes.
“Kids will love it, but I know that adults will also get plenty of laughs—and some tips for the kitchen.
“In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as First Lady—and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young.”
As part of the show’s commitment to helping families during the pandemic, Michelle Obama and her new friends Waffles and Mochi are working with Partnership for a Healthier America to provide over 1 million meals through meal boxes to families in need.
Recently, Michelle Obama took a charity trip with actress Lana Condor, visiting Lana’s native Vietnam to retrace her beautiful adoption journey.
“It was such an amazing experience, and we got to do that right before travelling stopped due to COVID-19. I was very grateful,” Lana shared on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
“It was just beautiful,” she added. “I like to share these stories in case anyone out there is even thinking about adoption, or it’s a tiny voice in their head. It’s a beautiful thing, and I am nothing without my family. They are my everything.”*
Kelly Rowland Hosts Women’s Heart Health Livestream
Kelly Rowland had a chat with her “other mother,” Tina Knowles Lawson, as part of an online conversation about heart health.
The popstar, whose mother Doris died after suffering cardiac arrest, hosted the chat on behalf of the American Heart Association on her Instagram account.
“I’m so excited because I’m gonna be able to have a conversation with my Mama T about everything that goes with the heart and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement,” Kelly raved.
“It’s just gonna be conversations how we, as Black women, are leading the numbers when it comes to heart disease…This is something that sits really close to me and I just feel the need to talk to more women about it. I just want to encourage them to take care of themselves right now.”
Kelly, who moved in with her Destiny’s Child bandmate Beyonce and her family before they found fame, previously praised Tina Knowles Lawson.
“I remember the first time I went to Tina’s salon in Houston, Texas, and seeing a strong, Black woman with her own business. She was so beautiful and glamorous: a role model.”*