Sunday, May 11, 2014

Justin Tranchita for World Vision

Name: Justin Tranchita

What is your job? Country Singer and Television Personality at Discovery Channel's Game of Pawns TV show.

What social causes are most important to you? For me anything that benefits needy kids is always where my heart gets pulled.
I have two daughters and I think the day they were born something inside me changed forever. I see kids out there, whether it be in the US or abroad that are in many cases five or six years old living on the street and taking care of themselves it is unbelievable to me. As an adult it is hard enough to make ends meet sometimes! Now imagine your six years old shoeless and sleeping in an ally way or garbage dump. Who wouldn't reach out and help these kids?

What charity do you support – and how? World Vision, it is a charity that allows the giver to give a lasting and tangible gift to children in need all over the world and here in the USA. I personally am giving 50% of my proceeds from my EP "This Is America" to them to disperse to the needy children.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
I have spent many years traveling the globe and doing humanitarian work when I am not in the studio, touring, or making TV. These trips to Russia, Egypt, Israel, Thailand, Costa Rica have personally allowed me to see the need out there. When I was a kid me and my father had a Charity "Blankets for Humanity" and we would gather blankets and non perishables and run into Chicago (we lived just outside) and give the care packages to homeless families in the winter. The gratefulness those people displayed was powerful and I never forgot that from that young age of like 13 I wanted to give as much as I could to help. It just made me feel like I was alive for a reason.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? I would encourage readers to go to World Visions website and adopt a child for just a few dollars a month, or if you like country music go to iTunes or your favorite online media store and grab my new EP "This Is America".

How would you define social responsibility? For me social responsibility is not looking away when you see injustice.It is facing it and reaching into yourself to help find a solution.

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