Christmas is supposed to be the season of giving, right? How much did you donate this year? Don’t look at me, I didn’t even have enough money to gift myself something decent. Whatever, 2016 crashed and burnt to the ground anyway. 2017, here I come!
There are a lot of stars and celebrities who love donating to great causes and make sure the world knows about it. Remember Oprah and her, “You get a car! And you get a car! And everybody gets a car!” Then we have the virginal Taylor Swifts of the world who have a dozen paparazzi around when they’re doling out the dough. But here is one veteran, a legend who gives because it is required. He simply sees a need and fulfils it. That saint-without-paint is none other than Pearl Jam frontman, Eddie Vedder.
Over the Christmas holidays while the rest of us were
getting drunk going to church, the man heard about a desperate mother of six children, who was at her wit’s end and decided to go to Craigslist to get any last bit of help she could muster. The post went viral, thanks to media, and Eddie caught wind of the desperation. So what did he do?! Why, he sent the family a check of $10,000 to remind them that this is the season of Christmas, and miracles do happen.
Tyshika Britten is a 35-year-old hairstylist who is single-handedly bringing up 6 children. The Washington Post put up an article on December 20, talking about the plight that Ms. Britten was in. She was about to be evicted from her home and didn’t have any means to buy presents for her young family. She was so desperate that she put up a plea on Craigslist, hoping that she would catch a buck or two to tide her over this cold season.
Soon, the post went viral and she began receiving gifts galore in the mail – from PlayStation 4 consoles to a puppy, people began getting generous with the Britten family. But let’s be real – even having these gifts costs money to maintain and the real danger was her being evicted from her home, with kids, puppy and PlayStation 4 in tow. So Eddie Vedder, musician extraordinaire stepped in and sent across a check for ten grand.
When asked about it, the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame – Class Of 2017 inductee simply said: “I was just so moved by the story and what this mother did for her children. I thought those kids must be so proud of their mother for reaching out. That takes a lot of courage.” He spoke about his own tough childhood: “There were years there were toys from Santa, but they were used and they came from garage sales and they didn’t always work.”