US soldiers stationed in Afghanistan will be able to participate in at least one aspect of Super Bowl madness this Sunday: eating pizza!
In our positive story of the day, Pizzas 4 Patriots and DHL Express are teaming up to send 21,000 deep-dish pizzas to soldiers. They’re calling this effort “Operation Eagle.” The pizzas are actually gonna be flown all the way from Chicago to Afghanistan and Kuwait. The organization has been providing pizzas for troops overseas since 2008 and has sent more than 100,000 pizzas to help service members feel appreciated.
Source: Chicago Tribune
A Christian filmmaker hopes to win a big Super Bowl commercial contest.
Mark Freiburger made a 30-second video called “Fashionista Daddy” and hopes the Christian community will support his family-friendly TV by voting for it on Facebook.
The commercial opens with a girl asking her daddy if he’ll play Princess fashion show with her. He’s about to go play some touch football with his pals but when she offers a bag of Doritos, he ditches the football and instead dresses in a gown and makeup and dances with his daughter. When his friends come looking for him, they, too, are lured to play dress up by the promise of Doritos.
The top vote getter in the “Crash the Super Bowl” contest will air during the Superbowl. And the winning filmmaker will get a $1 million dollar prize.
A cooking program finds the perfect recipe for low-income families to reduce hunger and improve health.
Cooking Matters is a non-profit organization that offers six-week cooking courses to parents and children in the Aurora, Colorado area and several other states. They also teach participants budgeting, nutrition and how to do things like cut onions julienne for vegetable stir fry. And at the end of each cooking lesson, each family receives a bag of groceries with the ingredients from the day’s recipe so they can practice at home, risk-free. When they graduate from the program, families get a book of quick, healthy, cheap recipes they've learned from the class. The program director says he’s seen changes in the lives of their participants in their follow-up surveys six months after graduation. Roughly three out of four of their graduates report eating more fruits and vegetables, all while reducing their household spending.
Want to buy a Corvette?
There’s one on the auction block today with all the proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity. The Corvette happens to be the personal car of Dan Akerson, the CEO of Chevy’s parent, General Motors. He’s passionate about Habitat, already giving the organization $1 million dollars of his own money to fund the building of homes for those in need. He said he loves his rare, collectible Corvette, but felt it could be better purposed, auctioning it off for charity.
A would-be thief who had a change of heart over his criminal intentions left a Montana Papa John’s with another kind of dough—a pizza pie for his family instead of the restaurant’s cash.
The man, wearing a hooded sweatshirt over his face, handed the clerk a note and demanded money from Papa John’s. But as the clerk started to hand over the money, the robber got cold feet and broke down crying, saying he was just desperate to provide for his wife and child. The clerk tried to sympathize with the man and offered to make him a pizza and chicken wings. While the man waited for the meal, a large knife fell out of his pocket but he didn’t threaten anyone with the weapon.
The man then left the pizza place with the pizza, chicken wings and some soda...but didn’t take the money. Police are still trying to locate him to make sure he doesn’t do this again.