CHARITY: One Direction, Sharpies and A Great Teen

If you have tweens or teens, then you are familiar with Sharpies (we have them all over the house), One Direction (a near constant soundtrack) and undoubtedly have seen (or heard of) Ariana Grande from the Nick Show, Victorious, and you may even know iJustine from Youtube (you are that cool).

Today, hordes of adoring super fans joined stars (and super fans themselves), Ariana Grande and iJustine in New York City to create a huge “hello” to welcome One Direction for their upcoming U.S. tour. Creative fans put colorful Sharpie markers to good use, designing posters and hello signs, all captured on video to be delivered later to band members Niall, Harry, Zayn, Louis, and Liam. One fan was even surprised with a “golden ticket” to one of their sold out concerts.

Sharpie, the U.S. marker company and sponsor of the first leg of One Direction’s tour, made a generous $10,000 donation to recognize 16 year old Katelyn Darrow-Eystad for her efforts to help victims of Super storm Sandy through her charity, The Angels Clothing Closet.

The rising sophomore from Pitman, NJ set up a non-profit organization to help families in need shop for clothing, food and toiletries at no cost – when she was only twelve years old! This creative, caring and motivated young woman has several programs including a Prom dress drive and seasonal toy and clothing drives. She also started a program called Kid’s Quest to allow younger volunteers to help out. Although her town wasn’t hit hard by Sandy, this concerned young woman reached out to her local community to help the coastal towns devastated by the storm.

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