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Enrique Iglesias Got A Sweet Thank You Message From These Mexican Preschoolers Because Of His Help

For several years now, Enrique Iglesias has been using his fame and platform to help those in need. He has supported several charities, including Habitat for Humanity, City of Hope and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Save the Children is the latest charity Iglesias has put his support behind and last Friday night at his Las Vegas concert, Iglesias got to meet — via a video message — some of the children he helped.

Singer Enrique Iglesias is helping children find peace and calm after major disasters and emotional distress through art.

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Iglesias has helped raise money for the Save the Children’s Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) program, which focuses on helping children deal with highly stressful situations, from natural disasters to deaths in the family. Iglesias has been a supporter and fundraiser for Save the Children since 2015 and his latest campaign, #Hearts4Kids, has helped one pre-school class in Mexico City, specifically.

While on tour, Iglesias has been selling T-shirts to raise money for Save The Children.

CREDIT: Enrique Iglesias Official Merchandise

During his Las Vegas stop on Friday, the kids got to thank the singer for his help.

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The students from Mexico City recorded a video message to thank Iglesias for his help.

Before the show, the “thank you” video was delivered to Iglesias personally by Sheila Romero, the director of the school.

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Iglesias can’t hold back his smile as he watches the video of the children thanking him for his generosity. While watching the video, Iglesias reaches out and hugs Romero.

Backstage, Iglesias signed shirts and hats for the children who have benefited from the HEART program in Mexico City.

CREDIT: Save the Children

The moment was captured on camera by Save the Children, who facilitated the moment.

HEART, with the help of celebs like Iglesias, is helping thousands of children around the world overcome their personal traumas thanks to the power of art.

CREDIT: Save The Children

One of the children that has benefited from HEART is six-year-old Marina.

CREDIT: Save The Children

Marina needed help to cope with the sudden loss of her grandfather, who was her closest family member. His unexpected death severely impacted her and negatively affected her performance in school. Marina benefited from not only writing letters addressed to her grandfather but by drawing pictures of him as well. According to a Medium post, her teacher and family saw Marina slowly open up about the pain she felt and eventually, she was able to overcome the sorrow she felt about her grandfather’s passing.

If you would like to learn more about HEART or Save the Children, click the links.

If you want to read more about Marina’s story, click here.


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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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Social Media Shows Up To Help Abuela Living In Dire Straights While Taking Care Of Disabled Great-Grandson

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Social Media Shows Up To Help Abuela Living In Dire Straights While Taking Care Of Disabled Great-Grandson

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All too often we hear stories involving social media that don’t paint the best picture of the digital platforms. From trolls coming for people or fights and arguments going public to sexual harassment and doxxing, social media has so often been used as a tool to do harm.

Thankfully, though, that’s not always the case.

Now we get to tell the story of how one viral video has helped rescue a 90-year-old abuelita and her disabled 17-year-old great-grandson from dire straights.

A 90-year-old abuela and her great-grandson will soon have a new home thanks to support from social media.

Last week, a video was posted to social media about the dangerous and unsanitary conditions a 90-year-old woman and her great-grandson were living in. The woman, from Veracruz, Mexico, lived with her great-grandson, Pedro Miguel, in a shack with tarps for walls and rusted-out tin roof.

The shack was furnished with not much more than a bed, which got wet every time it rained. López’s children have died, her grandchildren have abandoned her, and Pedro is basically the only family she has.

Since the video went viral, DIF Family Services agency met with López and her grandson to assess their health and announced both would get the medications they need. Meanwhile, Leonor López, has been housed in a shelter for the elderly and Pedro was placed in a state-run home where each will remain until authorities can find a home for her and Pedro.

The great-grandmother and her great-grandson are all the other has.

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Leonora has cared for Pedro ever since he was abandoned by his mother shortly after birth. The 17-year-old does not speak and suffers from epileptic seizures.

Before being placed in supportive housing, each day Leonor would leave her house with a rope tied to the arm of her great-grandson as they went out to collect whatever they could to earn money. Some days they’d collect aluminum cans or cardboard to sell and some days they’d visit verdulerías or even private homes to dig through the garbage to find something to eat.

Every two months Leonora would receive her disability pension of $2,500 pesos (or about $125 USD), which she had to use to buy medicines for Pedro. She also told Milenio that she owes money from the last time Pedro got severely ill.

“When he gets sick I take him to the hospital or to the Red Cross, but they charge me a lot, because he has seizures. This time he got sick I took him but they charged me $6,400 [pesos or ($320 USD)] for three days of care.”

However, since being taken into assisted care, Pedro has also been enrolled to receive his own disability pension, which will definitely help address his medical costs.

Sadly, there misfortunes haven’t ended there.

In what is truly a disappointing story, often times when Leonor and Pedro have gone out to try and earn what money they can, they’re home is robbed of what little they have. According to their neighbor Rogelio, the community hasn’t come to their support – instead they steal from the family.

“I don’t see someone coming to help her, on the contrary, what little she has there they steal from her, even though she is alone in her house they steal what little she can gather; people take advantage,” Rogelio told Milenio.

Thankfully, the viral video has helped spur change for the family and they’ll soon have a proper home and the government benefits they’re both entitled to.

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