Thursday, 15 September 2011

LeAnn Rimes GIVE to the homeless kids

LeAnn Rimes
Singer LeAnn Rimes doesn't just sing about giving in her new music video, she invited homeless Chicago kids to tell their stories too, USA Today reports. Shot documentary style, the video for Rimes’ “Give,” shows homeless youngsters sharing the struggles they face. The song is featured on the upcoming album "Lady and Gentlemen," out 27 Sept. “Not only do these kids not know where they’re going to sleep at night or where their next meal will come from,” Rimes wrote on her website, “these kids are lonely, terrified and hurting…deeply.” The singer partnered with Stand Up For Kids - an organisation that offers assistance to homeless youth nationwide - and called the experience “life changing.” She said that her eyes were opened to the everyday challenges homeless children encounter and described her nervousness about realistically depicting their experiences. She went on to write that she hopes the video will shed light on the problem of homelessness in the United States and praised Stand Up For Kids for their work with the community. “They’ve supplied food, housing, paid their rent for a few months, found them jobs, sent them to school and most importantly, given them some kind of figure in their life to help guide, listen and be a constant,” Rimes wrote on her site. “The emotional support they provide is crucial to helping these kids get back on their feet.” In a posting on her website, LeAnn revealed: "My life is forever changed from this experience. One thing they all said to me is no one looks them in the eye when they see them on the streets, so there's a deep loneliness there and a feeling of almost not existing. I will now always look anyone who's homeless in the eye and smile. That smile could make their whole day." The frank video opens with the stark message "13 kids die on the street every day" and then shows the homeless teenagers recount their experiences living rough before another message informs viewers that "an estimated 25 000 kids are homeless in Chicago alone". The promo ends with the youngsters joining LeAnn to sing the last few lines of the song and information about the work Stand Up For Kids does across the US. Go watch the video HERE

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