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Here’s How One Child Spent His Birthday Asking People To Help Him Raise Money To Close The Camps

Children are facing inhumane and deadly conditions in detention camps on the southern border being compared to concentration camps. The crisis is becoming a part of daily conversations and a sad legacy of the Trump administration. That’s why people are trying to fight back by giving money to organizations fighting the atrocious conditions created by the administration’s deadly policies.

A 4-year-old child celebrated his birthday by raising money for an organization fighting against Trump’s immigration policies.

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“We have joined this birthday with an organization that helps the children detained at the border,” reads the invitation. “If you want to get me a gift, then unite with me and give money as my gift.”

The birthday is everything you would expect from a 4-year-old birthday, complete with a mordida.

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The only real departure from a typical child’s birthday party was the humanitarian call to action. The birthday boy put his money where his mouth is by wearing a mitú Close The Camps t-shirt. The shirts, made in partnership with RAICES, is raising money for the immigration service organization with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting RAICES.

His mother made it a point to share exactly what they were doing for everyone checking out her Instagram story.

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“We decided to host a party with a purpose for Ian. With his consent,” she wrote on Instagram. “No games, no clothes, no gifts, but let’s give financial donations to the organization RAICES that helps children who are separated from their parents are the border and puts them in cages.”

Honestly, no one could rock this t-shirt better than Ian.

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Children younger than the birthday boy are spending untold amounts of time in horrendous conditions in camps along the southern border. Some children have died because of the conditions, like being denied medication, toothbrushes, and beds.

Happy birthday, little dude.

Your parents are clearly very proud of you and the stand you are taking to help children just like you.

Buy your own mitú + RAICES #CloseTheCamps shirt now from the mitú shop.

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You can get own for kids clicking this link. Or one for yourself and all the adults in your life by clicking this link.

READ: This Special Shirt Is Helping RAICES And Kids Who Are Locked Up In Migrant Detention Centers

Man Has Bad Bunny Themed Birthday Party To Celebrate Special Day In Quarantine

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Man Has Bad Bunny Themed Birthday Party To Celebrate Special Day In Quarantine

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Birthdays are an exciting time no matter how old you might be. You can do and have anything you want, within reason of course. That means you can even choose to be completely alone. Or, like one smart young man, you can decide to have a birthday party dedicated to your favorite artist.

Twitter user @Mr_Octopus7 celebrated his 22nd birthday in style.

The young man turned 22 years old with the help of his family and Bad Bunny. The man, who geotagged Vega Baja Beach, Puerto Rico in his post, is likely giving a fellow Puerto Rican the love and respect he rightfully deserves. The special birthday tribute is more fitting considering the work he has done to fight for the people of Puerto Rico.

Of course, there was a big and wonderful Bad Bunny cake for the special occasion.

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We have so many questions about this cake. What was the flavor? What color was it inside? Was it inspired by anything Bad Bunny has done? We need answers. The cake is the most important part of any birthday party and this one was surrounded by Bad Bunny photos. Clearly, this man’s family knows how to throw the perfect quarantine birthday party.

Don’t worry. Entertainment of epic proportions was provided.

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Technology is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. Not only are we able to know about this man’s special Bad Bunny birthday party, but he was able to get all of the entertainment in one place. The laptop speaker was bumping with Bad Bunny jams while the family enjoyed the special birthday celebration.

There looks like there was a costume requirement that, luckily, everyone honored.

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His mom was wearing some yellow glasses and his brother had to join in on the fun. Those glasses, while not unique, have become part of Bad Bunny’s signature style. The small glass lens is something we have seen the Puerto Rican trap star wear time and time again in different colors. Honestly, every man you know secretly wants a pair of these glasses so if you want to cheer anyone up, you know what to do.

The brothers matching in their Bad Bunny-themed outfit is just too adorable.

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This is something your parents will never let you outgrow. No matter how old you and your siblings are, mom will always make you match on special days. It seems like this cuarentena birthday party is no different. It just makes the whole birthday celebration seem more relatable because we have all been wearing the exact same outfit as our younger siblings many times.

People on social media felt the authenticity of the Vega Baja Beach experience.

@Mr_Octopus7 was not shy about admitting how much he loves where he lives. The beach town is 40 minutes east of San Juan on the northern shore of the island. Around 60,000 people call the northern beach city home and one man is really head over heels for it.

“I love this town and its people so much,” @Mr_Octopus7 tweeted. “Truly a blessing.”

And, back to the cake, we aren’t sure of the flavor, but the birthday boy did say it was good. At lease the bunny face was.

“It was good,” @Mr_Octopus7 tweeted. “I ate the little bunny.”

Happy birthday, @Mr_Octopus7! How are you all celebrating your quarantine birthdays? We want to see them. Tag us in all of your quarantine birthday celebrations so we can see how you all are making the best out of our current situation.

READ: A Woman Threw A Lowrider-Themed Party For Her Son’s First Birthday And It’s Just Too Much For Our Hearts

Señora Myths are Passed Down From Generation to Generation, But Are Any of Them Real?

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Señora Myths are Passed Down From Generation to Generation, But Are Any of Them Real?

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At some point during our formative years, we all heard an old wives’ tale or two, right? Some seemed innocent enough — think “eating bread crust will make your hair turn curly” or “cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.”

But actually, lots of these old wives’ tales came with some extra baggage that may have done a number on our collective psyche. Sure, they may have seemed harmless when we first heard them, they’ve managed to worm themselves into our thought patterns and maybe even created a few bad habits along the way. But don’t blame abuela, she too was passed down this knowledge before she passed it on to you.

These superstitions get passed down from generation to generation, and often enough they’re so effective they get snap us into total compliance. But few of us know why we’re so fearful or the reason behind them.

Nevertheless, these old wives tales are part of Latino culture.

Vick’s Vapor Rub Will Cure Everything

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Sure, you may know it as Vaporub or something totally different depending on where you grew up, but no matter your background, we can agree this menthol pomade has been hailed as a cure all by abuelas everywhere.

Sure the ointment may make us feel better (placebo anyone?) but it actually can be deadly if ingested and is toxic when used improperly.

Having A Baby Daughter Will Steal Your Beauty

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This sends several problematic messages. First of all, it implies there is something inherently wrong with having a daughter — which is obviously ridiculous. I swear this sounds like something a man who wanted a strapping young boy to “carry on his good name” started spreading.This old wives’ tale would have you believe beauty is entirely physical or superficial. But beauty is many things: mental, physical, emotional, psychological… none of which can be stripped away by the natural and, it must be said, beautiful act of giving birth to a baby.

You Can’t Make Tamales When You’re Angry

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According to this old wives’ tale, if you even attempt to make tamales when you’re enojada…they just won’t turn out right. And nobody’s wants to work so hard on tamales for them to end up flat and flavorless.

Opening An Umbrella Inside Is The Worst Luck

Seriously, this one I believe in so much I freak out at even the thought of it happening by accident. This is another superstition that crosses cultures but leave it to Latinos to add in another layer – if you do this, you won’t get married.

Going Out With Wet Hair When It’s Cold Will Make You Sick

If you grew up in a Latino household, you can bet you’re used to hearing your mom or abuelita scolding you for going outside with wet hair. But this myth has been debunked more times than you’ll eat pozole when you do actually have a cold. Colds and the flu come from viruses (and some bacterias) – plain and simple.

You’ll Never Get Married If A Broom Touches Your Feet

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Basically, if you’re single and ready to mingle, don’t go near any brooms. This old wives tale says that if someone is sweeping and they accidentally brush your feet with the broom, you’ll end up single forever.

To Find Love, All You Need Is Four Eggs

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To draw someone to you, you need 4 eggs: break two in corners, and one more at the door of the person you want to attract. The last one put inside a white cup and place it under your bed. That’s it. True love.

Cutting Your Hair During A Full Moon Could Mean…?

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It’s believed that cutting your hair during a full moon could actually make it grow faster. Is it true? Well, maybe. The long-trusted Farmers Almanac actually lists the best dates to cut your hair based on the lunar calendar…so maybe?

Shaving Your Legs Causes the Hair to Grow Back Darker

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Let’s be clear: there’s nothing wrong with not shaving. This old tale would have you believe that having thicker or darker hair anywhere on your body is cause for major concern. The reality is that cutting does not stimulate new hair growth.

Brooms Can Help Determine Your Social Life

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Again, with the brooms. This one says that if you put a broom behind the door, your guests will leave sooner. And if a broom falls, it can tell you a lot about your visit depending on the direction it falls. Backward = bad visit. Forward = good visit.

Putting Your Purse On The Floor

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“A purse on the floor is money our the door.” This isn’t specific to Latino families, in fact, it’s very common belief across Asia as well. But both cultures share the believe that if you place your purse on the floor, you’ll soon be losing some money.

Itchy Palms And Your Finances

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This is another very common wives tale across cultures but Latinos add a unique twist and get very specific. Basically, if your right palm itches you’ll be coming into some coins. Meanwhile, if it’s the left – be prepared to be a little less wealthy since you’ll likely be giving money away.

Heartburn During Pregnancy Can Lead To A Head Full Of Hair

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There are soooo many superstitions related to pregnancy but this one is definitely interesting. Woman struggle with all sorts of symptoms during pregnancy including heartburn. So this one stands to reason if you’re dealing with heartburn, your baby will be born with beautiful locks of hair.

If You Drop a Biscuit, It is a Sure Sign Your Husband Will Be Poor

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This one is straight up laughable but for some reason is still all to common. I mean let’s dissect this one real quick: not all little girls are going to grow up to marry a man. Nor will every little girl even want to get married. Then there’s the whole issue with thinking that women only value wealth in their potential mate. Yea, this one has got to go.