As 16,000 eager and enthusiastic students press against each other in hopes of getting seated in the Forum of Inglewood, California, there is a buzz in the air as music blares from every corner.
"WE Day is a powerful, life-changing event that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change.
WE Day brings together world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers with tens of thousands of young people to celebrate their contributions and kick-start another year of change.
WE Day has evolved from a single event nearly eight years ago into a series of 14 stadium-sized events held across Canada, the United States and the UK. This past year, 200,000 students attended WE Day and left inspired to create change at local and global levels.
You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day. Students earn their event tickets by taking one local and one global action through WE Schools, our yearlong educational program that engages and empowers young people to become compassionate leaders and active citizens. Some students collect food for homeless shelters. Others raise money to build classrooms overseas. Every young person makes their own journey to WE Day, but together, they discover their power to change the world."
That's right! Linens N Love has earned their ticket to We Day after we've hit our 6,000 mark :)
That's 6,000 blankets, towels, sheets, and pillows going from franchise hotels including Courtyard by Marriott, Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels, Quality Inn and many other donors contributing to animal shelters, homeless shelters, women's shelters, teen outreach centers, and so much more.
Total donations: No blankets today, but 16,000 lives touched as motivational speakers from around the world celebrate the cause of doing good together!
I am so proud as I celebrate Linens N Love's accomplishments with some amazing members! We'll see you at We Day 2017. Let's make it a great year!!!
Here is what some of our members have said:
"WE Day was an unforgettable experience that I will never forget. The day started off by waking up at seven in the morning, tired but excited at the same time. We got the Forum, where WE Day took place. We were there an hour early and I was able to explore all around to see what WE Day had to offer and display. There were many booths from sponsors such as Microsoft, and there was a WE to ME store, where they sell various items and donate a portion of the money profited to people in need. One item they sold was a raifiki. I didn't really know what I raifiki was at the time, until I was told that it meant "friend". I learned that a woman in Kenya (not sure if it's really Kenya, took a guess) hand made the raifiki!"
"Our group was in our seats, pumped up with excitement and ready to begin. Each seat had a tote bag on it and inside of it was a numerous amount of things, from a glow stick wrist band to a ginormous cup! I was really excited because I've never really been to a concert before, and this was going to be my first time. Someone came on the speakers letting us know that WE Day was about to begin, and soon enough, WE Day had begun!"
"Several other guest speakers spoke, like CEO's of different organizations and some celebrities like Big Sean and Darren Criss. One guest speaker that I found very interesting was someone named Spencer West. He seemed different to me, not just from his physical appearance, but also the way he thinks of things. Spencer said that when he was young he got his body from his hips down removed, and then a little higher as he got a little older. When I saw him, it was practically like he had half a body, and I found that simply amazing. Even though he may look different than other people, there was something about him that I really liked. He didn't seem to care about how he was different and could maneuver himself to get to places, just like a normal person could. He seemed to look at the bright side of things and was still able to be motivational."
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