Sooo, today I wanted to blog about something a little different. I'll be blogging this here and under my other pen name as well. Now, I've made no secret over the years that I have 3 favourite TV Shows that I can't live without. The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf and Supernatural.
I love these shows and before you say it, sure the fact that they all have incredibly attractive men strutting their stuff is a definite draw card, but that's not what has me tuning in every week. It's their relationships, the trust and loyalty between these make shift families that is stronger then any other bond.
These relationships melt into off-screen, and right now one of those families, Supernatural, is stepping up to once again offer support and kindness to those most often ignored. Seriously, these people don't have to help, they don't have to care, but they chose to. And they do so in the most amazing ways.
The Supernatural family has made a name for themselves over the years when it comes to helping others. It is one of the only shows I know who goes to such great lengths to show how much they care about their fans who have stood by them for the past eleven years.
Jared Padalecki, has been open about his struggles with mental health. This was a huge move, for him and for those who also suffer. He took a chance and stood up. For anyone else that would have been difficult, but for someone in his position it would have been downright terrifying. And still, he did something a lot of us may not have had the guts to do because he knew he could help others. He's raised lots of money for mental health causes, and he's encouraged people to ask for help when they need it and "always keep fighting."
To find out more about the "Always Keep Fighting" campaign, how to help and what they do, click here.
On top of this, in 2009 Misha Collins started a nonprofit devoted to good deeds called Random Acts. Using twitter, Misha asked his followers (aka Misha's Minions) to come up with ideas for a “minionstimulus” project. The goal was to obtain U.S. government stimulus money (funding to aid endeavors to stop an economic recession) for non-profit “minion” initiatives.
The pursuit of government funding was soon abandoned in favor of morphing into a privately organized charity group and website, started by minion Lisa Walker and then known as Minion Stimulus. After visiting the fledgling website, Misha appointed Lisa his Director of Charitable Affairs.
With Misha's prompting, the minions raised over $30,000 to help UNICEF's aid efforts in Haiti. In mid-2010, with The Art Department as parent organization providing non-profit status, the Minion Stimulus morphed into Random Acts.
And now Random Acts is partnering with a couple of other nonprofits to create The SPNFamily Crisis Support Network, “where trained fans can help other fans deal with depression, self-injury, and addiction.”
These people are amazing, plain and simple. To support the "You Are Not Alone" campaign, you can buy the t-shirt below or any of the other items, which features Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins together.