David Archueta and another #GivingTuesday, Invisible Children and Samaritan’s Purse, Two days before Christmas: I Need a Silent Night, Sending Hugs

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A Charity Update

A short post focusing on giving today, and two charities in particular.

As most of you may be aware the Invisible Children Charity is closing its doors by the end of next year.  That made me very sad, but it was also in victory in acknowledging that progress has been made in Africa.  Here is an article summarizing why it is closing:

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The controversial nonprofit group Invisible Children, which produced two influential documentaries that helped heighten awareness of the abduction and use of children as soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Ugandan civil conflict, has announced that it will officially close down by the end of 2015.

The organization is most notable for the 30-minute “Kony 2012” documentary, which called for the arrest of LRA leader Joseph Kony and also called for greater U.S. involvement against the LRA. The documentary, which went viral on YouTube when it was published in March of 2012, received over 100 million views in a matter of five days and helped raise more than $30 million for their cause.

The organization’s CEO, Ben Keesey, announced in a recent video statement that the group has had difficulty maintaining funding and it’s no longer viable for the organization to continue operating at its current levels.

“These last few years have been enormously challenging for our organization,” Keesey said. “It’s been incredibly difficult for us to sustain the funding that we need for this cause, for Invisible Children and its current structure.”

Keesey added that due to the decline in funding for the organization, the group had two options: it could either close up its programs on the ground in Africa, or it could close down on its programs in the U.S., which are only designed to drive awareness of the issue. Keesey said that it was more important to keep funding its Africa efforts.

Read more here

snippetdavidarchuletainvisiblechildrensilenceDavid has always been a big supporter of this organization, which has a strong contingent of youth volunteers and interns, so much so that he performance at the Break The Silence event in Nashville.

And we all know this charity was the inspiration for the only original on BEGIN., called Broken.

And IC has always has a wonderful connection with FOD and appreciated the support of all the fans of David everywhere in some of their special campaigns.  We remember fondly the time David visited their headquarters in San Diego to thank the staff and volunteers there with pizza, and recorded a message for all of us to hear.  The video has now been taken down, but it was a lovely message of thanks from David to all of you!

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I visited this group in San Diego a few years ago, just after Broken was released.  The music department there heard it for the first time and really enjoyed it.  Everyone got BEGIN. CDs that day!

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And IC posted their last video earlier this week, and summarizes their next steps.

I was always very pleased with the enthusiasm and determination of the staff there, their ability to reach out to fundraise and definitely their appreciation that artists can play a large role in getting the message out, as occurred in The Musician Coalition, of which David was a member.

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We thank the people of Invisible Children for their hard work and dedication and wish each of them well on their next endeavors.

Samaritan’s Purse

I came across the video of a group of boys opening their “Christmas Boxes” from Samaritan’s Purse Charity (link to the Canadian site here) and was overwhelmed with their joy!  David’s fans have been very generous over the years in contributing to this charity and putting together boxes to send over.  A shot from Holly’s house in 2013:

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Holly and Crew completed boxes for smaritan's purse

And here is the vid of those wonderful boys!

A wonderful example of how your generosity makes a difference!

In summary, I just wanted to thank all the David fans for always going above and beyond, for giving that “little bit extra” when asked, because that’s the kind of people you are.  Generosity is in your DNA.  Celebrating your generous spirit today!

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I Need a Silent Night

Winding down to some of the last songs from the Christmas tours to profile.

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Two days before Christmas and I think this song from David’s MKOC tour says it all:

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Sending a hug. Or many.

Miss Bianca

Created by:  Miss Bianca

A friend in our fan community is in the hospital and for those that would like to send your good wishes to the uber talented Miss Bianca, we have started a card for you to sign.  It will be delivered this Sunday at 11 pm EST:

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Ending on a Glorious note

From Pocoelsy:

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This is my last post before Christmas and I wish all of you a blessed time with friends and family.   It will all come together, so no need to fret and get stressed.   Enjoy the special memories you will be making and the meaning of the day.

“It’s not about what’s on the table;

it’s about who’s at the table”

~ Michael Smith

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113 Responses to David Archueta and another #GivingTuesday, Invisible Children and Samaritan’s Purse, Two days before Christmas: I Need a Silent Night, Sending Hugs

  1. Marylee~NCGirl says:

    Thanks for today’s warm post ML ~ especially during this busy time. I had no idea that Miss Bianca was in the hospital. I hope she knows that Archies everywhere are sending prayers and hugs her way. Thinking of you, Bianca.

    Merry Christmas Eve/Eve everyone to you and yours 🙂

  2. Mary Dee says:

    Merry Christmas, FOD folks 🙂 I hope you’d throw in some holiday votes because our margin from Demi is slowly narrowing 🙂 VOTE VOTE VOTE ARCHIES!! 🙂 http://www.q102.com/pages/jb-brackets/2014/

  3. kimk says:

    Merry Christmas!! 🙂

    Patty-Ann ‏@pabuckie 57m57 minutes ago
    David Archuleta @DavidArchie presenta un devocional de Navidad en Madrid- http://sud.org.es/david-archuleta-presenta-un-devocional-de-navidad-en-madrid?lang=spa&country=es

    it’s in Spanish.. so many people!! 🙂

  4. cq says:

    Hi Kim, thank you for your dedication to bringing all things about David here. Also all other fans that do the same and last but not least the wonderful mods that keep this site going. You all ROCK!!!!
    These trips of David’s to Hawaii, France and Spain is like last year when he was on his mission, only last year we did get more of him singing, lol. I do realize it’s his private life, nothing to do with his professional singing career, so I do understand, but still I find it interesting that it still feels at times like he is still on a mission.

  5. Janel aka Nellie says:

    A blog on David’s devotional in France. I love what is said about him!
    http://feelingsandthoughtsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2014/12/david-in-bordeaux-france.html
    He sang Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Glorious and a French carol “Il est Né”. Included at the bottom of the blog is a YT video of the carol, not of David singing it though. It’s a cute little carol. I’ve heard the tune before.

    • cc halo says:

      I remember that French carol as well. Maybe I learned it in French class in High School or College–I’m just so old that I don’t remember any more, ha.

  6. sydnie says:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvr1f-o0Pts
    Miss Vicki, I too noticed the the French people’s love of dressing black espcially in Paris. I stuck out like a sore thumb with my colorful tourist attires lol.
    Speaking of French, love this Celine Dion song about wanting to talk to her Father who passed away, just wanted to share.
    I don’t follow her but love this song, just random ran found it.

  7. sydnie says:

    Pastel, thank you for the vids esp love the one with the excited kids opening gifts so presshh! All my best to Miss Biance, hope she fully recovers soon.
    Wonder if David’s flying back home today? So glad he got the chance to visit Spain & France, hope he had time for sightseeing, museums etc. 🙂
    Leaving in a little while for ski trip to Colorado, won’t be home for Christmas!
    Merry Christmas eveyrone! 🙂

  8. Lucy says:

    I was kinda hoping we would get a vlog from David before the end of the year, been a long time since we had one, maybe he’ll start vlogging more when his new music is ready to come out. Wonder why his manager would go with him on this church related trip? Anyway it would be nice if a vid or two would surface would love to have heard him sing:) off to finish my Christmas shopping, have a good day guys:)

    • Janel aka Nellie says:

      Well, let’s all go ask for one then. Maybe he’ll comply if he gets enough people to ask him. Maybe. 😉

      • Just saying says:

        Last time we bugged him for something we got the “I’m Still Alive” vlog where he was PO’d with us, lol… so no thanks. 🙂

        He was pretty clear that he doesn’t like doing them, plus we fans are not even on his radar right now, unless he wants us to support something, lol, so I’m good with no vlogs.

        Hope Miss Bianca gets well soon! (Can’t get the card link to work though.)

        • Martha says:

          This is true. 🙂

        • cq says:

          PO’d is an understatement, lol. The only vlog I would be abroad with is him talking about his plans as far as his music career goes like when he plans on releasing his album in 2015, plans of touring, etc, now that would be an awesome Christmas present for his fans, other than that, no thanks.

        • Janel aka Nellie says:

          It’s funny how people can watch the same blog and see/hear different things. I didn’t get that he was PO’d at us at all. He just stated he hadn’t made a blog in a while, he’s not sure he’s sorry about that because he doesn’t like making them. I know others interpreted that as he being bugged that we nagged him about it, but I didn’t. He’ll do what he’ll do not because ANYBODY tells him to do as he has proven before. If he didn’t want to make that blog at all, guess what, he wouldn’t have! I did tweet him and asked him to give us a gift of an end of the year blog. Chances he’ll even read my tweet is next to nothing, but did it anyways. If we see a blog, it won’t be because I or anyone else asked him to. It will be because he wants to.

        • chocolata says:

          He seemed annoyed to feel he had to do a vlog I think. I don’t think he was angry though. More like when you have to clean the bathroom, something annoying you have to do

          It would be a wonderful Christmas present for him to vlog us but he is so busy sending spiritual and musical Christmas gifts around the world that I understand he is too busy. And I wish for him to have a lovely Christmas with his family since it is his first Christmas in a couple years. I know we all wish this for him.

        • Martha says:

          I would say he was slightly miffed.

  9. VaBeachArchie says:

    Hello Marylee, Mary Dee, sydnie, kimk, Martha, cq, Janel, Lucy and FOD!

    Thanks Pastel for the #Giving Tuesday post! The charity updates …AWESOME! I had never heard I Need a Silent Night before David covered it at the MKOC tour! LOVE IT! Sorry to hear Miss Bianca is ill, will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. kimk says:

    does anyone besides me think it is odd Gina went along too? naybe David is doing a private function too plus these firesides?

  11. kimk says:

    ha well I like a PO’d David.

  12. blisskasden says:

    In light of the recent death of the legendary Joe Cocker, I’ve read that some fans are lamenting that David is not more like Joe, and that, alas, they think that he never will be. I have never understood why a fan of an artist would want that artist to “be like’ another artist. The whole idea of artistry, whether it be music or any other form of art, is to be unique. Fortunately, David is such an artist in that he is unlike anyone else. Joe Cocker had a style all his own which enabled him to be immediately identified as him and him alone.

    David is not Joe Cocker, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars or anyone else. He is 100% David Archuleta, and I for one would not have it any other way.

  13. cq says:

    lol, kim PO’d David wasn’t bad at the time, now wouldn’t want a repeat though.
    Yey, Gina going on a private function does seem weird. I did ask the question if she was lds, I guess no one knows, but that might be why she went.

  14. kimk says:

    oops missed the convo don’t see it.. got that right David is David!

    cq umm I liked it I like spunky. 🙂

    • cq says:

      Lol, yes, I do like spunky too, but just not upset at fans for wanting him to do what he does best, get up on that stag and wow us with his vocals. David is David of course, one of a kind that’s for sure, lol.

  15. kimk says:

    Salvatoré ‏@Evola33 3m3 minutes ago
    Smoked weed with David Archuleta told him he needs to get back making music and he should of won AMerican Idol

    ha well baby I don’t think so.

  16. kimk says:

    hmm would love a vlog.. even more so I would love to have one where he covered this

    Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud
    http://youtu.be/WpyfrixXBqU
    fav new song!

    • Forevermore says:

      Hope david do this kind of music video someday :3 *sigh…. That would be mesmerizing. Seeing david dance and do lifts and stuff ed sheeran did. And oh, i love ed sheeran too

  17. kimk says:

    the guy who said he smoked weed is in Italy.. 🙂

  18. kimk says:

    Deb ‏@snowangelzz 11m11 minutes ago
    @DavidArchie WARNING! 😉 RT @nytimes Investigating the more than 1,300 species of mistletoe http://nyti.ms/16N9Ih5 via @nytopinion

    😀

  19. kimk says:

    Tommy B ‏@tbronko11 1h1 hour ago
    @DavidArchie making his career comeback by starting his new marketing campaign off with a bang

    https://twitter.com/tbronko11/status/547471074342862848/photo/1

    ha that pic has legs..

  20. Candy says:

    Thankfully I must have missed the comments about David and Joe Cocker, dont even remember seeing anything posted here. Then again I havent been here as much so could have missed it.

    • cq says:

      It wasn’t posted here, hence why I said why bring it here.

    • cc halo says:

      Ha, and as usual, the conversation was nothing like he said.

      • blisskasden says:

        CChalo, I didn’t mention the source or the names of the posters. You and your fellow trouble makers are again working together to stifle my posting my reaction to negative posts about David that I see online. It’s as plain as day and, if anyone wants to read the convo I was referring to I will be glad to tell u where you can find it.

        • cc halo says:

          I wasn’t part of the conversation, but it was a friendly one, and not as you portray. However, you are the one bringing attention to it and now calling names.

      • blisskasden says:

        Yawn. Merry Christmas. I’ll pass on the bait.

        I posted a reaction to something I read online. I didn’t mention where I saw it or to whose posts I was referring. It was the posters themselves that made it an issue here. You’ll have to ask them why they had a need to do that when nobody would have known it was them if they hadn’t “outed” themselves.

        As for why you felt the need to say something when you weren’t even part of the convo in question, I think we both know the answer to that question.

        • Hitandrun says:

          As usual Bliss, you have no understanding why it’s inappropriate to bring your objections to what you consider the “transgressions” of fans on another website to a different website. Take your objections to where they belong because the posters here, for the most part, don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

  21. kimk says:

    Mary Dee ‏@GloriousDA2014 8m8 minutes ago
    POWER VOTE ARCHIES!!! We’re losing ground!!! FIGHT!!! http://www.q102.com/pages/jb-brackets/2014/

  22. kimk says:

    well I’m down to making cookies etc and a few more gifts to wrap.. can o corn!

    wonder if David lol is in Italy or he is home..

    • Candy says:

      Ha, I totally forgot about the “Can o Corn” wasnt that Joanie Watson?? She was a total trip, I so enjoyed her being on the site and truly miss her charm, and sense of humor.

  23. kimk says:

    Amanda Kelsey ‏@Panda_AK 12m12 minutes ago
    One day David Archuleta will meet me and we will fall in love and get married.

  24. BluWhlz43 says:

    If I was running this site I would delete all inappropriate and dumb comments and block those making them. #thatsjustme

    • Candy says:

      Ha, thats probably why Im not a MOD and dont ever want to be…I would be applying the ban and delete option more often then some would like. God Bless our Mods for thire patience to sometimes deal with it all.

      • blisskasden says:

        LOL. You talk about celebrating “freedom” and then say that if you were a Mod you would be quick to deny people their freedom to post their views on what they read. and “ban” them from posting if you didn’t like what they wrote.

        The Mods on this site are intelligent, open minded, high spirited folks who love David in every way that he would appreciate being loved.

  25. Candy says:

    *their patience

  26. kimk says:

    ditto.. God Bless the MODS of FOD!! 🙂

  27. Pastel says:

    Sorry folks. Had to rush in to work today. Does this link to Bianca ‘s card work for u?
    http://www.groupcard.com/c/AS5obUVV1Vh

  28. Candy says:

    In light of all that is happening in the world today, this outstanding patriotic light display is a reminder of what the backbone of our country is all about, its called “Freedom.” So along with keeping with the true meaning of “Christ”mas, thank a solider when you see one!
    http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/patriotic-christmas-light-show-will-ever-see/

  29. IMO says:

    Comment from 3:13 oh geez!!!!! Not cool to read about david and why would that tweet from the guy would say that?!

  30. Just stopping by to wish everyone of you a very “MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
    Especially our wonderful Mods who take care of us & keep us together!!!
    Enjoy your time with family & friends!
    Pastel great post! The pic of those children opening their shoe boxes full of toys had me in tears!
    Lots to do tomorrow! Working in the morning & cooking the rest of the day!
    Signed the card for Bianca! Didn’t know she was sick!

  31. Jhen says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! .Have a wonderful time with family and friends. Get well soon Bianca, you are in my thought and prayer.

  32. Lucy says:

    Whoops didn’t mean to open a can of worms with my vlog comment:/ I just miss them that’s all, and by the way, he did the “sisters cave” vlog after the I’m alive one and that was a normal David type vlog, funny things in it even. I know he doesn’t like doing them, but I just hope he still makes them once in awhile..

  33. kimk says:

    maybe David doesn’t want to do them anymore.

  34. kimk says:

    One Direction has a special on TV right now..

  35. kimk says:

    David has told us in the past about how he went caroling with his family before.. they all have beautiful voices lucky peeps.

    • Candy says:

      Even though the message is almost verbatim from a previous one, it was good to hear his voice. I’m guessing from what he is wearing, it was filmed when they did the video for the Live Nativity.

  36. IMO says:

    Wishing all of u a happy merry chirstmas!!!! Take care u all!!

  37. anodrlurker says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    As David shares memories of his most meaningful Christmas in this video:
    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=901545109879111

    I hope all of us celebrate what is most meaningful to us this Christmas as well! Have a great time everyone!

    • Jani says:

      Wouldn’t mind spending a night in the hospital if I thought David and fam would come sing to me. ;)… so great that they do that. I’m sure it is a thrill to all who get to listen, and lightens their burdens for a bit. To have David’s voice soothing and lifting them out of their difficulties for a while must be a real blessing,…aww, David..good for you! You’re a gem!

  38. kimk says:

    https://twitter.com/gemzone/status/547587825680392192/photo/1

    gemzone @gemzone · 9m 9 minutes ago
    @FODFansofDavid David in Lyon France.

  39. kimk says:

    https://twitter.com/gemzone/status/547587659921502208/photo/1

    gemzone
    ‏@gemzone
    @FODFansofDavid David in Lyon France. Shaking hands with Elder Perry.

  40. kimk says:

    why does David share others music.. I want to hear David.

  41. kimk says:

    Janel Woodbury ‏@Nellie1983 4m4 minutes ago
    It happened!! 5 million views for “Angels We Have Heard On High” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrLoWt2tfqg … .@DavidArchie @PeterHollens @PianoGuys

  42. kimk says:

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 21m21 minutes ago
    A Spanish Christmas Carol con los españoles http://instagram.com/p/w-SwauFy46/

  43. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    Congrats David and others on reaching 5 million views for “Angels We Have Heard on “!!!!! Great job!!!…..Jani…..Did ya see David at the airport today?????……Hope ya did…..Hey to Idamae…glad to hear from ya!!!!….Love the pics of David in Spain…..He looks so so happy!!!!!……..Miss Vicki

    • Jani says:

      Afraid there were no David sightings, miss Vickie, and I did have my eyes out! There was a later flight to SLC after ours….maybe he’s on that one? Lol who knows?…..just know he wouldn’t miss being home for Christmas.

      At MIL’s and so happy to find her Internet working!…won’t have to miss any David news. I’m seriuosly hoping for a Christmas vlog, but not holding my breath, and will be fine if he doesn’t. Just miss him…would be lovely to have him talk to his fans, wish them a Merry Christmas.

  44. Candy says:

    Kelly Clarkson looks FABULOUS!! Enjoying Michael Buble’s Christmas Special. And BABS was terrific as always, she never ages!!

  45. kimk says:

    Vme TV ‏@VmeTV 45s45 seconds ago
    #Navidad en #Familia con @DavidArchie #Dec24 11 PM E/P http://youtu.be/i_XBoAok2OU

  46. kimk says:

    pleasant dreams guys.. Santa comes tomorrow!!

  47. Donna says:

    Awww, that’s the 1/2 hour version of the Motab show. Nice that they are showing it on the Spanish educational TV station. I wonder if it is dubbed?

  48. supergrandjudie #DA2014 says:

    Hi All Just dropping in to wish you all a peaceful and Merriest Christmas ever. Thanks Pastel for your post during these busy, busy days. Sorry to hear Miss Bianca is ill. I love you all and wish you the best. Thanks for being here. <3<3<3<3

  49. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    Still baking Christmas cookies and listening to David’s christmas songs…..Night kimk…and you too supergrandjudie……Sweet David dreams all this night before Christmas Eve…….Miss Vicki

    • Janel aka Nellie says:

      Late night cookie baking…love it!! 😉 Need to do some cookie baking tomorrow. Made some Hershey Kiss cookies yesterday but gave some away to neighbors so they’re mostly gone. Baking oatmeal chocolate chip cookies tomorrow.

      • Lucy says:

        I just finished baking some cookies too! I love to bake:)

        • Jani says:

          Nice to see you sgj! Merry Christmas to you, too. 🙂

        • Jani says:

          Janel and Lucy….I’ll tell you who else likes to bake…my MIL! She’s 89, lives alone. We got here to night to find her usual platters of eight different kinds of Christmas cookies she made herself…she’s been doing it for years….gives them to all the neighbors. Hope I’m still going that strong at her age! Oh, and she loves David,too! We plan to watch GCT tomorrow

      • Jani says:

        Aw, I see your baking, too Miss Vickie!. No better way to do it then listening to D.

  50. supergrandjudie #DA2014 says:

    Miss Vicki Take care. Kim Goodnight. Goodnight All Till Tomorrow

  51. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Now at 5,139,903 views. Keeps climbing. Beautiful song, beautiful video! Good night all.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrLoWt2tfqg

  52. kimk says:

    VOTE!! 50% to 50%!!

    kim ‏@kimak 12s13 seconds ago
    VOTE @DavidArchie http://www.q102.com/pages/jb-brackets/2014/

  53. kimk says:

    Happy Christmas Eve morn!! 🙂

    http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/lehigh-valley-music/mc-musikfest-still-hasnt-announced-its-first-act-for-2015-so-tell-us-who-youd-like-to-see-20141223-column.html

    Allentown Morning Call
    Musikfest still hasn’t announced its first act for 2015, so tell us who you’d like to see

    Last time we posed this question, in 2011, the answers reflected the times: “American Idol” was still big, and the Top 2 selections were two “Idol” runners-up: Adam Lambert and David Archuleta. Those guys are still around – Archuleta has returned from a two-year missionary gig for the Church of Latter-day Saints, and Lambert is fronting concerts by Queen these days.

  54. Mary Dee says:

    Aaaaaakk!! 50-50 :0 VOTE VOTE VOTE ARCHIES!!!! http://www.q102.com/pages/jb-brackets/2014/

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