Sneaker Raffle Held By Rappers For Houston Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas nearly one year ago, dumping 27 trillion gallons of water on the southern state and causing around $125 billion in damage. The Category 4 hurricane was so devastating that many of the 13 million affected are still recovering, especially in Houston, inspiring local rapper Trae tha Truth to take action. These Sneakers Were Made For Rapping The sneaker resale market is worth around $1 billion, showing how much people value shoes as a way to express their individual personality and style. Trae tha Truth understands just what they mean to the youth of this country, and he’s teamed up with a number of rappers in a bid to support Hurricane Harvey relief. The Houston native organized a charity campaign in which famous rappers donate their iconic sneakers to a raffle, the proceeds of which will go towards Angel By Nature and the Relief Gang, a Houston charity organization designed specifically to help those suffering after Hurricane Harvey. At $10 a ticket, buyers have a chance to win one of the 10 exclusive pairs of sneakers, including DJ Khaled’s rare Jordan 3 “We the Best” pair. The list of donors include: Chris Paul Nicky Diamonds James Harden Bun B DJ Khaled and more! And it seems they’ve just added another: famous rapper T.I. has recently announced his decision to donate his one of a kind Balenciagas with neon laces to the cause. “These shoes are important to me, because I had these shoes on when I recorded ‘Ye vs. The People,’ so if you go back and check the video, you look, you can’t miss them.” The group is using their fame and influence for the common good, encouraging people to donate as much or as little as they can afford. Each $10 ticket means one chance to win a pair of the famous sneakers, and there is no limit to how many you can buy. So far, the campaign has raised an impressive $65,940 and show no signs of stopping anytime...

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Hilarious Surprise Found During Couple’s Home Renovation
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Hilarious Surprise Found During Couple’s Home Renovation

Home renovations and remodels are fairly common these days. From owners trying to make the most of their money by purchasing a fixer-upper and upgrading the interior themselves to new couples and families that want to make the space their own, the trend has resulted in a massive 326 billion dollar industry. Alex and Jess Monney were part of the latter group, and they decided their 90s style bathroom needed to be brought into the 21st Century. When The Past Comes Calling Most people don’t really consider the history of their homes outside of its physical wear and tear — it can be easy to forget that other people lived there before you, and other people will probably live there after you. So, how do you leave your mark on an industry that experiences such subtle but widespread transience? The Monneys were about to find out. During their bathroom renovation, they discovered a personal note from the previous owners hidden in the walls. “Hi! We’re the Shinsekis! We remodeled this bathroom summer 1995. If you’re reading this, that means you’re remodeling the bathroom again. What’s wrong with the way we did it?” The snarky message came complete with a few pictures of the Shinseki family, including Cassie, their adorable house-trained pet rabbit who the proud parents declared would be “the next Cadbury Bunny.” The Inspiration Continues While this isn’t the first thing people have found in their walls, it certainly might be the most delightful. With so many shows (literally dozens upon dozens) on the Home and Garden Network encouraging home renovation, you really don’t need to look very far for ideas and inspiration: the hilarious and playful Brother vs Brother shows just how fun complete renovation and remodel experiences can be, keeping with the trend the Shinsekis started. If you’re planning on building your own home, the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on it — either a little secret for you and your family, or a delightful discovery that will only be made when the next family moves in — still exists. Take a moment to think about the history of your home, and what you want people to feel when they take it on after...

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Research Shows Food Additives Are Toxic To Kids
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Research Shows Food Additives Are Toxic To Kids

Food additives used to preserve, package, and enhance food can be toxic to children’s health. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), growing scientific evidence has found that chemical food additives can alter children’s hormone systems, which can impact their development. AAP released a new policy statement and technical report on the research on Monday, July 23. The policy statement includes suggestions to improve regulations on food additives and an update to the FDA’s safety assessment program. The official policy statement on food additives comes from a body of research that has been accumulating for the last 20 years. In 2015, the Endocrine Society released a scientific statement about chemicals that were disrupting people’s endocrine levels in 1,300 studies. Dr. Leonardo Trasande, an environmental health researcher with New York University’s School of Medicine, says the chemicals are capable of affecting everyone regardless of age. Yet, the additives are especially hazardous to children because they’re still developing. “Pound for pound, they eat more food, so they have higher levels of exposure compared to us adults,” said Trasande. “Their organs are still developing in various ways, such that effects on that development can be permanent and lifelong.” Children are more sensitive to chemical exposure because they’re eating more food relative to their small size and body weight compared to adults. For instance, the average American eats a burger 4.3 times every month. Were a child and an adult to eat the same number of burgers, the child would experience more weight gain because they’re smaller. But, in this case, the problem is the chemical additives in food. Some of the key chemical players that can affect food safety include: Phthalates. These chemicals are found in vinyl and plastic tubes that are often used in industrial food production. They can increase the risk of heart disease and affect genital development. Nitrates/nitrites. These chemicals are used to preserve foods and are often popular in processed meats. They’ve been linked with thyroid issues, gastrointestinal cancers, and nervous system cancers. Artificial food colors. These chemicals have been associated with increased and worsened ADHD symptoms. Bisphenols. These chemicals are used in the lining of metal cans and plastics. They can decrease fertility, increase body fat, and affect the immune and nervous systems. Perchlorate. This chemical is often added to the packaging of dry food. It’s been associated with brain development issues and thyroid problems. Perfluoroalkyl chemicals. Also known as PFCs, these chemicals are used in non-stick food packaging. They can affect the thyroid, fertility, and reduce immunity. Although it’s important that children are getting enough exercise (two-thirds of parents say they’re worried their child is...

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