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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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The Ripple Effect

Posted by Abrra on Sunday, February 6, 2011

I have spent the last week pondering what my next topic for an article would be.  I never try to force it from my brain, it just shows up.  We all have been extremely moved by his trip to India this January.  How can you not be impressed by his desire to help the sick?  It’s not something that most people his age set as a priority.  He goes to the extreme this time by flying half way around the earth to acknowledge Rising Star Outreach, a charity he supports.

The whole experience reminded me of the term “ripple effect”. When you drop a stone into a lake you see the water ripple in concentric circles, outward.  Like the stone, David has made ripples that  expanded. Spreading much more help to those in the leprosy colony than he will ever know.

Drop a Pebble in the Water

Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
Circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
just a flash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort
on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume
of the one kind word you gave.

James  W. Foley

This journey began when  Dr. Scott McGavin told David about Rising Star Outreach back in fall of 2008.  During his solo tour David mentioned RSO in a blog in March 2009.  The fans responded overwhelmingly to the cause.  Dr. McGavin gave his thanks in June before leaving on a trip to help children with dental needs in India.

As you can hear from the video, they received so much money that they put it to use with more projects.  Can you see the ripples?  Over the last several months, David gave his time to signing items to auction for the RSO.  Some fans formed a group called Hearts and Hands.  They created a patchwork quilt and pillow with pictures of David mixed in with some of his quotes.

From Hearts and Hands facebook page

More recently he got the chance to travel to India to perform at a benefit where the children did interpretive dance to Somebody Out There as David sang on stage.  David also spent time visiting the leprosy colony with a medical team.  He volunteered along side doctors cleaning wounds-a profound and life changing experience.  Stacey Tookey, a choreographer along on the trip to India said, “What an amazing experience.  Went there to teach the kids and instead they taught me so much.”  She may have caught another ripple?

Collage by Djafan

While David was giving his time in India to the sick, back home the fan sites were donating money for bricks for the Pathway of Hope.  “The Pathway of Hope winds between two very important buildings on the property of Rising Star Outreach.  One ends starts with a plaque that gives thanks to all volunteers, supporters and those who have given in memoriam.  The other end has a plaque that reads Pathway of Hope, Lovingly donated by fans of David Archuleta, Angels for a Cause.  This plaque gives thanks to all fans of David Archuleta, fans from all over the world who worked for months to bring this project together.  What started out as a small brick area, with a lovely bench has turned into a real piece of art!”

The best thing about this ripple effect of charity has been the coming together of people who share his desire to be of service to others.  We have read here, on this site, about those who are collecting loose change at work and around the house for Rising Star Outreach.  Every time you hold out the RSO jar and ask for change, you increase awareness of leprosy and the devastation is has wrought on these families.  Another ripple moves outward, ever expanding the help that is so needed.

We have so much, I am so proud to know that we share so freely.

Update on donations from The Voice group on AFAC since January 28, 2011

Total for bricks  $1,000.00   (20 bricks)

Total accrued for bricks that need inscription $165.00  (3.3 bricks)

For child sponsor $360.00 for year

Total dollars    $1,525.00

Thank you all so much!


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Pennies from Heaven

Posted by djafan on Monday, January 31, 2011

When I was a little girl growing up in Baton Rouge, there was no zoo but there was a children’s show called The Buckskin Bill Show.  Every day he would remind the populace of this lack with the refrain, “Remember, Baton Rouge needs a zoo.”  We children were assigned the task of buying an elephant.  How long it took to accrue the amount needed, I don’t know.  I know it went on for a long time.  I mean, how much does an elephant cost, even in those days?  Then there was shipping and handling to consider which must have cost a  pretty penny.  In fact, that’s exactly what it cost.  How does one eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.  How does one buy an elephant?  One penny at a time.  Kiddies would traipse across the set of the Buckskin Bill Show putting their pennies in a barrel.  Some would empty a bagful, some would put in only one cent but eventually enough was collected to buy not one but two elephants.  They were named Penny and Penny Too.

That experience taught me something about how great things can be accomplished by small means.

A few days ago I asked for people to join our newly formed group on Angels for a Cause to help with Rising Star Outreach.  Many of you have joined us and have donated money already to help uplift and give aid to those with leprosy and the far-reaching effects on their children.  I know, too, that many folks are going through some difficult times with the economy as it is.

So here is my cunning plan.  We all have spare change  lying around, in purses, in bowls, in couches and elsewhere.  I found a bag of change that I have had on the floor of a closet so long I had all but forgotten it was there.  I poured it into a basket and added more change to it from a jar in the kitchen and a tray in my car.  Here is what I ended up with.

I then took it to a grocery store and poured it into one of those coin collection machines.  It printed out a voucher that I brought to a cashier who paid me cash.  Do you know what was in that basket?  $181.77! Enough to buy 3 bricks and then some!  Just lying around collecting dust.

This is the cunning part of my plan.  Anyone can do this.  Gather your coins, convert them to cash and make a contribution to Rising Star Outreach.  It doesn’t matter how small the amount or how big.  Then email us at with how much you gave.  We won’t post names of anyone just individual amounts, and a running total that we hope will grow and grow, one penny at a time.

I will be bringing my basket to work tomorrow.  Lots of people come through my office every day and I will be asking them to donate their spare change to help the children of leprosy in India.  I think they will be willing to do that.   For thousands of years, the victims of leprosy and their families have had to beg for any small change just to survive.  For a little while, I can do that for them to help ensure they never have to again.

I also want to make necklaces using a shiny new penny as a pendant and mail them out to everyone who joins our group on AFAC.   It’s your choice of course, if you want to wear it but I think they will make great advertising.  If anyone asks you why you are wearing a penny around your neck you can tell them what it represents.  Hope for a better world, one penny at time.

So here is the plan:

1.  Join The Voice group if you haven’t already and want to be a part of something wonderful.

2.  Donate whatever you can, even if it’s just loose change lying around your house or purse.  Check under the sofa cushions.  It’s almost time for spring cleaning anyway.  No amount is too small.  $5.00 is fine.  Of course, larger donations are also welcome if you are able.  Be sure to type in the comments when you donate that you are from The Voice group for AFAC.

3.  Let your coworkers know about Rising Star Outreach and have a receptacle for change handy if they want to help out.

4.  Email us at the voice with the amount of your donations since joining The Voice group on AFAC.  We will be keeping a running total of all contributions and will post it here on the site and on AFAC.

5.  Once I get the necklaces made I will need everyone’s home address sent to or the contact page above.

So that’s the plan.  The goal is a million pennies for Rising Star Outreach.

A gathering of angels showering pennies from heaven.  Continue to let us know in the comments on the site if you bought a brick and what you had engraved on it.  What did I have engraved on the three bricks I bought with my change?   Pennies    From    Heaven.

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