Kris Allen’s Inspiring Trip To Haiti

UPDATE: Kris tweets his return, “Just got back from a very inspiring trip to Haiti. The smiles that we saw today were very bright.”

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Kris Allen arrived in Haiti today, to help with the relief efforts in the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean nation.  A couple of photos, from Dominic MacSorley of the humanitarian organization, Concern, tweeted a couple of photos of Kris as he visited the Place de la Paix camp for 1, 00 displaced in Port au Prince..

MacSorley tweeted, “off to meet Kris Allen, Amercian Idol – visiting Concern baby tent -a quiet ‘get well’ space in a crowded camp for mothers and children…Ok Concern Haiti officially loves American Idol Kris Allen -he’s so cool & even sang Amazing Grace to mothers & children in our baby tent”

MacSorley tweeted two photos. Above, Kris sings “Amazing Grace” to the kids. After the jump, another photo of Kris performing for camp-dwellers.

Photo after the JUMP…

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145 Comments

  1. Would love to hear him sing “Amazing Grace.” These people have seen such tragedy. A reminder that none of us know what the future holds. Thinking of you, Kris, while you’re there.

  2. Thanks for the pictures, MJ. Thinking of Kris singing Amazing Grace to those distraught moms and kids just touches my heart. And when I saw his “Destination Haiti” tweet early this morning, the over-protective mom gene in me kicked in, and I started to worry for his safety. I’m sure he’ll be fine though. I’m really anxious to see the footage of his trip. I remember seeing Bono in Africa during Season 7, and that touched me too. I just love it when celebs volunteer their time to help people in need. Prayers are going up from me for Kris and the people of Haiti.

  3. Oh, Diane, what a beautiful comment (of course I am tearing up – me, sappy, no way) Love you Kris, take care of yourself and pass along our love and thoughts to the people of Haiti.

  4. Just a reminder how the voters consistently have chosen truly good people to win this show. They have all been humble, caring representatives, and hopefully Kris’ visit will be some moments of peace for those there that have been suffering and continued awareness of the ongoing tragedy in Haiti.

  5. What Kris is doing in Haiti truly inspirational. I hope that with footage from his trip being shown on American Idol, people will continue to help the people in Haiti.

    On a shallow note… Kris really needs to cut his hair!!!

  6. You guys have said everything I’m thinking, but much more eloquently. I’m virtually tongue tied by this young man, and his instinct to share in every way with others. He is amazing.

  7. Reading Dominic Macsorley’s tweets and viewing the rest of the pictures just breaks your heart. This is just one of many.
    ‘went to nutrition centre, new admission. Samuel, a bag of bones baby of 18 months has the face of a 70 year old man..ANGER is what u feel
    2:03 PM Feb 13th from web’

    If you go back through the tweets, he may not have been too impressed with the thought of AI coming there at first.

    ‘American Idol Kris Allen visits Haiti tomorrow -plan to visit site where Concern working – show how people really do live like their dying’
    11:19 AM Feb 18th from web’

    Meeting and talking with Kris is all it takes to turn a head around. He’s the real deal and has walked in these workers shoes. I’m glad they officially love him now. I hope that he can be able to help in a profound way there and when he comes home.

    I so hope we get to hear his ‘Amazing Grace’.

  8. i’m so glad kris is doing this. igb, i think, is one of the best things ai has ever done. and i hope this trip helps the people of haiti the help they need.

    on a shallow note – i like his hair length. he just didn’t get to style it. ;)

  9. Awww, thanks Twig for sharing those tweets! I’m so happy that Kris is able to help. Just having someone who knows what they’re going through (since for one thing he helped after the tsunami hit Thailand in ’04) has to mean a lot. I went through a rough time in my life about 20 years ago, and talking to people who knew where I was coming from meant the world to me. And doeeye, that was sweet of you to say! Gotta say that Kris has some awesome fans.

    :lol: AZIdolfan. My shallow note? I like the little flip in the back. :grin: E.g., the 5th picture here: http://davidclicks.net/?p=346

  10. What Kris is doing in Haiti truly inspirational. I hope that with footage from his trip being shown on American Idol, people will continue to help the people in Haiti

    I would wager it will be shown on AI since Simon Fuller was the one who arranged ths trip. There’s a good chance you will get to hear Amazing Grace. I recall Daughtry on IGB singing to children as well as Carrie.

  11. for idol, i hope he sings “land of smiles” from BNS. the song is supposedly about his mission trip to thailand. it’d be a great charity single as well.

  12. Some people on other boards have commented that the Haitians don’t look too impressed or interested in these photos. But why should they care about Kris or AI, right? They just need people who can provide help. Hopefully Kris was able to speak with some of them and show that he cares about what they need going forward. It sounds like he impressed the guy who works for the humanitarian organization, anyway. I hope Kris will be able to get is hands dirty, as he has spoken about wanting to do.

    Oh, and I like Kris’s hair long. Of course I also like scruffy Kris…

  13. girlygirl, I agree about the people in the photos. I didn’t expect them to be smiling and in their best clothes. It’s a disaster area. I hope he is able to get his hands dirty too since that’s what he would love to do.

    jayem, Land of Smiles gets my vote too. He did write it during or after his trip to Thailand. In case someone hasn’t heard it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tacE5X3GjTc

  14. The stress of it all is getting to him. He looks like he needs hairplugs.

    I’m wondering what, if anything at all, Haiti is getting out of this. I mean, Idol’s obviously exploiting the situation (I hear there’s gonna be a segment on Kris’s trip to Haiti), otherwise there’d be no cameras pestering those people trying to get some rest in the tent. I hope Kris’s compromise was accompanied by a generous donation to the relief by the powers at idol. Nothing against Kris, I think what he’s doing is great and he probably HAD to do the whole camera thing… I would just hate to find out that this whole thing left no significant benefit to a few displaced Haitians.

  15. Thanks for the photos MJ. I am sure Kris will win over most people he meets . It would be great to hear him singing Amazing Grace .

  16. I don’t think they need to show any sign at all. These people have been struck by one of the worst disasters ever and you expect to see smiles on their faces?
    I don’t know about that, but I come from Africa and have had the opportunity to serve through my job in Liberia and Sierra leonne. I tell you it’s not fun to lose a loved one in a disaster like this.
    These are pictures not video and the videos will tell it better, butwho cares? AI and Kris are doing what lots of people are already doing so it’s not new to them. What matters is the help they are giving.

  17. It would not surprise me if Kris would be coming off this Haiti experience with an inspiration for some new songs. I’m looking forward to hearing them some time… soon, i hope.

  18. i hope he sings “land of smiles” from BNS.

    I hope not. “Land of Smiles” is a slogan for Thailand. That’s like yelling “Hello Cleveland” when you’re performing in Philadelphia.

  19. I’m wondering what, if anything at all, Haiti is getting out of this. I mean, Idol’s obviously exploiting the situation

    Something tells me that the Concern aid worker wouldn’t have tweeted this, if he didn’t think that AI’s involvement wasn’t helping.

    Concern Haiti officially loves American Idol Kris Allen -he’s so cool & even sang Amazing Grace to mothers & children in our baby tent

    The New York Time’s runs a twitter list for those in Haiti, and at least once a day someone twitters about the lack of media attention. Someone even called out the NY Time’s today about the only story in the paper that was about Haiti being about Voodoo, and not about what the earthquake victims have to deal with.

    While Kris wanted to get his hands dirty, those cameras being there can do more good than he can. They are going to remind people about what is going on, and help people to see how they can help those in need.

  20. I’m wondering what, if anything at all, Haiti is getting out of this. I mean, Idol’s obviously exploiting the situation (I hear there’s gonna be a segment on Kris’s trip to Haiti), otherwise there’d be no cameras pestering those people trying to get some rest in the tent. I hope Kris’s compromise was accompanied by a generous donation to the relief by the powers at idol. Nothing against Kris, I think what he’s doing is great and he probably HAD to do the whole camera thing… I would just hate to find out that this whole thing left no significant benefit to a few displaced Haitians.

    Of course there is a camera there, if not, how are the 20 millions plus of AI viewers are able to see and those who want to, donate money ? Exploits is the wrong word. Publicize, so that people can help if they want to.

  21. I am sure the airing of Kris’s Haiti trip on IGB will result in millions being donated to Haiti. Does anyone recall how much was raised on the last IGB?

  22. I’m wondering what, if anything at all, Haiti is getting out of this. I mean, Idol’s obviously exploiting the situation

    madman, Haiti will get the millions that will be hopefully raised next week on American Idol when this is all aired. This is worthed!

    Doesn’t seem to me that Kris is singing on those pictures. More getting ready to.
    Kris does look at ease on the pictures. Just shows that he’s used to this kind of situation. I warms my heart to see his generosiy and compassion.
    On a shallow note, i do like his hair long.. just need a bit of grooming :)

  23. Thank you for photos. Kris looks great as usual. Kris used to talk in interview that he want to help building the house or clean the mess. I wish they will let him do what he want to help. not just let him sing and keep body clean like this. Oh, I want to see him get dirty cause helping people.

  24. Yes, thanks Diane for the link to the pics. Teary eyed is right. This guy is beautiful inside and out. Kris really did want to get his hands dirty helping out so I do hope he gets to help out that way also. I too will be sending up prayers for Haiti and for kris’ safe return. God speed Kris Allen. You are the best. Oh and I like his hair a litte long like this.

  25. I truly love this guy! Charitable organizations/causes would give their eye teeth for this kind of promotion. It’s paramount for Haiti to remain uppermost in the world’s consciousness. If they allow Kris the opportunity ‘to get dirty’, I’m certain he will, stating he’s a hands on guy. I’m certain he would be far more comfortable doing manual labor than standing around doing commentary.

  26. I totally agree that Kris needs a haircut. Yikes :P.

    But I really adore Kris. I hope he finds some inspiration there. I wouldn’t be surprised if he came up with a new song after his experiences there.

  27. Kris:

    Just got back from a very inspiring trip to Haiti. The smiles that we saw today were very bright.
    6 minutes ago from Echofon

  28. Looks like this was a day trip for Kris according to his tweet. I love Cale’s response.

    @KrisAllen Just got back from a very inspiring trip to Haiti. The smiles that we saw today were very bright.
    3 minutes ago from Echofon

    @calevis24 @Krisallen, that’s cause it’s a land of smiles
    2 minutes ago from txt
    Reply Retweet

  29. Kris is back. Since it was just a few weeks ago when he said that he was going to Haiti in March, I wonder if this one day trip was just for next week’s episode of AI and for the UN Foundation, and if he’s going back next month.

  30. I thought he’d be there for longer than one day. But maybe he’s gonna go back in March or April. Huh. Oh well…

  31. I wasn’t expecting a day trip but it does make sense. He left with a crew and the whole trip purpose was to get footage of what’s going on so it could be aired next Thursday. It was not organized to be anything else than that with the U.N foundation.
    Like babybelle32, I wonder if he’ll go back in March like he said originally.

  32. The stress of it all is getting to him. He looks like he needs hairplugs.

    I’m wondering what, if anything at all, Haiti is getting out of this. I mean, Idol’s obviously exploiting the situation (I hear there’s gonna be a segment on Kris’s trip to Haiti), otherwise there’d be no cameras pestering those people trying to get some rest in the tent. I hope Kris’s compromise was accompanied by a generous donation to the relief by the powers at idol. Nothing against Kris, I think what he’s doing is great and he probably HAD to do the whole camera thing… I would just hate to find out that this whole thing left no significant benefit to a few displaced Haitians.

    I think Kris had more important concerns on his Haiti trip than primping his hair in a mirror so that he would look good in pictures and on camera.

    Regarding the “cameras pestering those people”, you obviously haven’t seen any televised fund-raising efforts like those for UNICEF, World Vision, Red Cross, and of course, Idol Gives Back. How exactly are people supposed to be aware of the ongoing needs of disaster relief organizations if there isn’t any media coverage?

  33. Kris:

    Just got back from a very inspiring trip to Haiti. The smiles that we saw today were very bright.

    6 minutes ago from Echofon

    Maybe he is back from that tent area ? It’s kind of weird if it is only a one day trip isn’t ?

    girlygirl: do you know if Kris taped all his radio K-Big thing for next week already ? Maybe he needs to get back quickly for that ?

  34. He’s back in the US already? I really wasn’t expecting a day trip to Haiti. Okay.

    I mean I get that the point really is to get images to help raise money awareness from the AI viewing/American audience, and that’s cool. But I don’t know why I was thinking it wouldn’t be quite that short.

    Oh well, Kris will help raise money to help out, and really, that’s the most important thing at this point.

  35. I thought he’d stay the weekend, anyway. But maybe they don’t have anywhere for them to stay? Anyway, I’m glad to see he was able to do at least a little bit of the hands-on stuff, cleaning up and handing out supplies and whatnot.

  36. thanks Paulie for the photos.

    actually the first thought which came to my mind was (and as much as i love kris) “what’s a white boy doing strumming a guitar and sitting on a chair while the others were sitting on the ground, looking pretty much clueless?” but then i realised, as much as i get annoyed with these televised and camera pimped visits, it also does bring about some great awareness about the ongoing work there. for kris to be a part of something like it is pretty good but i sure hope he does get the chance to go there again to do some more substantial work in the future.

  37. actually the first thought which came to my mind was (and as much as i love kris) “what’s a white boy doing strumming a guitar and sitting on a chair while the others were sitting on the ground, looking pretty much clueless?” but then i realised, as much as i get annoyed with these televised and camera pimped visits, it also does bring about some great awareness about the ongoing work there. for kris to be a part of something like it is pretty good but i sure hope he does get the chance to go there again to do some more substantial work in the future.

    clueless? I think he looks happy to be there!

    In my opinon, this trip is the most substantial work he could have done over there. When this footage will be aired, the money collected (1 million+ ..???) will be far more beneficial to Haiti than the few days of manual work he could have done.

  38. http://bit.ly/cn8YBH (thanks Paulie!)

    ^^This must be some of the bright smiles that Kris tweeted about. Nice to see him making a connection with the girls (love his funny face!).

    I also expected this trip to be longer, but hopefully a)it will do the trick to raise awareness and b)Kris will get to go back again for a longer visit. Looking forward to seeing the film footage on Thursday…and it would be nice if these pictures would pop up in our hometown newspapers this weekend!

    ETA: Mtlfan: I think the poster meant the crowd sitting on the ground appeared “clueless”, not that Kris was.

  39. ETA: Mtlfan: I think the poster meant the crowd sitting on the ground appeared “clueless”, not that Kris was.

    Thanks hoosiermama. Damn it… I read too fast and missed the point. Sorry SarahP

  40. Celebrities and Top Government Officials can touch down in many different parts of an affected areas of calamity even within 24 hours just to raise awareness and yes media coverage is a must. What is there to question? It’s all for a good cause.

    Great going Kris! Good Call!

    And yes I’m with Diane and everyone else in prayers for the people of Haiti and for all the volunteers giving the time and sincerity to a good cause.

  41. MacSorley said about Kris, “he’s so cool & even sang Amazing Grace to mothers & children in our baby tent.”

    This obviously impressed MacSorley. I think the power of music and perfomance can be underestimated. It can be a comfort and also a welcome distraction. This is why entertainers were so prized in war zones during WWII, for example. Bringing a bit of music and maybe some smiles for a few minutes was just one of the ways Kris contributed his time while he was there, but I’m sure it was a most welcome contribution.

  42. ” I think the power of music and perfomance can be underestimated. It can be a comfort and also a welcome distraction. This is why entertainers were so prized in war zones during WWII, for example. Bringing a bit of music and maybe some smiles for a few minutes was just one of the ways Kris contributed his time while he was there, but I’m sure it was a most welcome contribution.”

    Ross I totally agree.I have played piano for Alzheimer’s patients who can’t remember much at all – but play some older tunes like Greenleeves & tears come to their eyes- & they remember the words!!Music can transcend any barriers – its universal & I am sure these people in the photo enjoyed Kris’s singing as a welcomed distraction from what their life is actually like now!!
    This coupled with the publicity of the Haitians plight Kris will be able to report on Thursday plus helping out as much as he could seems to me a very worthwhile trip!!

  43. How appropriate for Kris to sing “Amazing Grace”. Just. Wow. Bet he would have loved to have stayed longer. Hopefully he can go privately again.
    And me, I love the longer hair. Thought he looked too perfectly groomed on the album cover.

  44. This trip was made for one purpose and one purpose only – American Idol. It’s part of their program “Idol Gives Back” and they use the winner of the previous year for the spotlight. Nothing more/nothing less. Take it for what it is and hopefully when they air the segment and look for contributions, people will give generously. In essence that was the sole purpose of the trip and Kris knew it, so stop speculating.

  45. I’ll admit to being disappointed that it ended up being a day trip. But I can understand the logistics, and more significant, the importance of bringing the message back to the States and the World the gravity of the situation. It’s important to also show how donations are helping and that they ARE going directly to the relief effort. This is always a concern when we donate.

    Haiti suffered heavy rains on Thursday which wiped out many of the temporary shelters. Last year Haiti was devastated by a Hurricane and were just getting back on their feet when the earthquake struck.We’re coming into the rainy/hurricane season and this can only get worse. Housing for a film crew and their equipment (wasn’t it reported it was a NYC TV crew that went along for this?) and Kris + handlers, would take up space put to better use for the sick and injured.

    I think that this is a wonderful thing that AI and Kris are doing and I hope that it touches the hearts and souls to continue to help in any way they can.

  46. I am surprised to learn it was only a day trip – all the way to Haiti just for 1 day. I hope there isn’t a hidden agenda of some kind (i.e., to help promote his music). I find it odd that we rarely hear Kris being involved in any charity work since AI, especially when he had done missionary work prior to being on the show.

  47. How exactly are people supposed to be aware of the ongoing needs of disaster relief organizations if there isn’t any media coverage?

    I’ve chimed in before about advertising and charity and I can tell you from my own work which is animal rescue/transport – NOTHING gets people moving like pictures, nothing. I can beg and plead all week for help but if there’s a picture? That is what motivates. It is too easy to ignore written words. A picture is reality for people. I hope he gets to go back and spend more time if that’s what he wants to do.

    I think that this is a wonderful thing that AI and Kris are doing and I hope that it touches the hearts and souls to continue to help in any way they can.

    I totally agree.

  48. OnePlusSix:
    02/20/2010 at 8:11 am
    This trip was made for one purpose and one purpose only – American Idol. It’s part of their program “Idol Gives Back” and they use the winner of the previous year for the spotlight. Nothing more/nothing less. Take it for what it is and hopefully when they air the segment and look for contributions, people will give generously. In essence that was the sole purpose of the trip and Kris knew it, so stop speculating.

    They have only ever done Idol Gives Back in 2007 and 2008 and the previous winner was not featured in either. Last year they decided not to do it due to the economy. They showed some of the continuing effort on a few shows. David Cook performed ‘Permanent’ on one show and they offered it as a charity single on iTunes for Cancer research. Some other winners (Kelly and Carrie) have been involved as well as some finalists.

    Kris was asked if he wanted to go to Haiti and he jumped at the opportunity to help and didn’t think twice to ask what he’d be doing.

  49. I have to admit I was uncomfortable with the thought of this trip….seemed like a big promotion for AI (and yes, even if my favorite idol was going, I would have the same feeling)….but there is a bottom line here. They need money to restore this country so if in the end that is what happens then so be it. AI will look like they are a caring TV show…Kris will get a bump in sales and the people will hopefully get some money. Frankly, I gave where there was only one motive….to help the people of Haiti.

  50. I hope there isn’t a hidden agenda of some kind (i.e., to help promote his music). I find it odd that we rarely hear Kris being involved in any charity work since AI

    To promote his music to who? The only singing I saw reported was Amazing Grace and as far as I know he’s not selling that one ;)

    And hasn’t he been to at least one children’s hospital? He doesn’t have a whole lot of time, we’re not going to hear about him going on a mission right now.

  51. AML:
    02/20/2010 at 8:29 am
    I am surprised to learn it was only a day trip – all the way to Haiti just for 1 day. I hope there isn’t a hidden agenda of some kind (i.e., to help promote his music). I find it odd that we rarely hear Kris being involved in any charity work since AI, especially when he had done missionary work prior to being on the show.

    If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to listen, does it still make a sound? I’ll answer for you. Yes, it does.

    AML, why should you be surprised? Kris never spoke of his previous involvement in charity or relief efforts while he was on the show. He is not the type of person to pat himself on the back or wear his good works tattooed on his chest. He’s certainly not the type to drag a crew along when he does things. (Some family members of children in a hospital he visited snapped pics of him a while back. They didn’t make the news.) Hell, a big complaint by fans and interviewers is he never even mentions his album unless asked about it when doing promo.

    There just isn’t any hidden agenda with this guy.

  52. tierbee:
    I’ve chimed in before about advertising and charity and I can tell you from my own work which is animal rescue/transport – NOTHING gets people moving like pictures, nothing. I can beg and plead all week for help but if there’s a picture? That is what motivates. It is too easy to ignore written words. A picture is reality for people. I hope he gets to go back and spend more time if that’s what he wants to do.

    ITA. Thanks for your input, tierbee. Evidently the main purpose of this trip was to raise more awareness of the devastation in Haiti, so if Kris can help in this small way, I’m all for it.

    Twig, I agree. Hidden agenda? Kris Allen? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  53. I can’t help but think – why is Kris going right now – when his album is struggling on the charts. Why didn’t he respond earlier, when the earthquake first hit. But at the time, he was too busy going around promoting his album. There is already chatter that he will likely get a sales boost from the media attention with this trip. Sad, but true.

  54. To promote his music to who? The only singing I saw reported was Amazing Grace and as far as I know he’s not selling that one

    And hasn’t he been to at least one children’s hospital? He doesn’t have a whole lot of time, we’re not going to hear about him going on a mission right now.

    Kris doesn’t advertise or promote his charity work, since that’s not the reason why he does it, but as far as we know he’s visited two children’s hospitals, and the djs in Cincinnati made a point of saying that he wasn’t being paid for any of the stuff that he did with them in conjunction with the Bosom Ball. The said that they were asking him to do things as late as the day that he arrived, and he said yes to everything.

  55. thanks everyone who responded to the idea of hidden agendas, etc.

    the important thing about this trip is not its length but its impact. you have the potential of 20 million (or more) viewers who will see this next week, who will be reminded again that this tragedy is ongoing and the need for continued action is more urgent than ever.

    when you live in the kind of world where a professional golfer’s personal issues is a top news story, any kind of media attention towards real issues and the plight of the developing world is very, very, important, and welcomed.

  56. so much speculation on motives for this trip… why? bottomline is the trip will bring additional awareness to the needs of thousands of people devastated by the earthquake and to the humanitarian organizations helping out – no matter how short or long kris stays in haiti. those who have not yet taken action or maybe would like to do more would at least get these updates from the trip…

    if American Idol is using this trip to promote itself, remember that it (AI) is also being used as venue to promote what needs to be done to help. UN foundation (or possibly any other humanitarian organizations) would probably appreciate the promotion of their cause and possibility of reaching millions of tv watchers thru this show.

    as for kris, his past actions (from what i’ve read) have shown that he is not the type to use this situation to promote himself nor his album… he was given an opportunity to go there, work with the UN, and, even for a day, help out… he’s doing so much better than most of us here, sitting in front of the computer, waiting for news on his trip.

  57. This trip was made for one purpose and one purpose only – American Idol. It’s part of their program “Idol Gives Back” and they use the winner of the previous year for the spotlight. Nothing more/nothing less. Take it for what it is and hopefully when they air the segment and look for contributions, people will give generously. In essence that was the sole purpose of the trip and Kris knew it, so stop speculating.

    ITA-Whoever won AI last year was going to go to Haiti, unless he/she had an issue with it or perhaps were under 18. I would also expect popular winners and finalists from the past to be asked to participate in the show (if they still have contracts with 19). The good news is that this trip was in Kris’s wheelhouse, so to speak, so it was something he was happy to participate in.

    By the way, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kris decides to go back on his own with his church mission, perhpaps months from now and will stay for a longer period.

  58. I find it odd that we rarely hear Kris being involved in any charity work since AI, especially when he had done missionary work prior to being on the show.

    You mean, charity work like going to Rwanda with TOMS shoes in the near future? Kris wears his TOMS shoes all the time, btw. He has since before Idol.

  59. he’s doing so much better than most of us here, sitting in front of the computer, waiting for news on his trip.

    It is very difficult to get into Haiti. A lot of medicial teams are using private jets donated by private citizens for these trips. The only thing the average person can do is donate money. I’m sure Kris went over in Simon Fuller’s jet, or Fuller charterd a jet. The timing of the trip may be due to the slot their aircraft received for flying in and out.

  60. he’s doing so much better than most of us here, sitting in front of the computer, waiting for news on his trip.

    i’m sure many of us can afford to do more than just sit in front of the computer. there are many charities which are still raising funds for haiti, including save the children, red cross and oxfam. and i’m sure if many of us can spend money to buy albums, we can also afford to donate a few dollars to some of the charities online (all we need to do is enter our credit card no. and click) just make sure you’re donating to a worthy and legal organisation.

  61. It was most like a UN chartered jet since Kris was traveling with the CEO of the UN Foundation. Also, the UNF press release only specified 19th as the date for the trip. So, I think a lot of us assummed it would be a weekend trip at least. I agree with others that it is not the lenght of the trip but its impact in raising awareness of the ongoing struggle and successes of the UN in Haiti. We must also remember that this trip is only one charity that will benefit from IGB. Elliott Yamin and Kara DioGuardi went to Angola and that video footage will also be shown at some point.

  62. Kris Allen’s genuine commitment to charity before IGB and even before AI seems apparent to me.

    I think those who benefit from others’ generosity simply appreciate the interest and support. Cynicism is kind of a weird luxury for those who aren’t in need.

  63. “undercooked:
    02/20/2010 at 9:42 am
    he’s doing so much better than most of us here, sitting in front of the computer, waiting for news on his trip.

    It is very difficult to get into Haiti…”

    i understand. Not everyone can go there even if they want to. I was saying Kris was given an opportunity and he took it… and his action is way much better than what i’m doing right now (okay, i shouldn’t have said “us”).

    sorry, all the speculations about hidden agenda on whoever’s side.. frustrating. =p

  64. AML,
    Let me correct a statement you made about Kris not doing any charity since Idol.
    His first performance after Idol was to a sold-out crowd for The Dream Foundation, here’s there website if you’d like to see what they do and perhaps donate: http://www.dreamfoundation.org/.

    The mission of the Dream Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families who are battling life-threatening illness.

    The he did a gig at the Saban Free Clinic. Here is their website: http://www.thesabanfreeclinic.org/. The concert he did in Chicago, some of the proceeds went to La Rabida Children’s Hospital. The Bosom Ball, proceeds went to Susan G Komen and The American Cancer Society. As you can see, just because you don’t hear of it, does not mean it isn’t happening. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

  65. To promote his music to who? The only singing I saw reported was Amazing Grace and as far as I know he’s not selling that one ;)

    Every time an Idol is seen….i.e. Ford commercial, on talk shows etc…they usually get a bump in sales.(regardless of what they sing)! You can bet that Kris will see a boost in sales from his appearance on Idol….they all are hoping for that gig! ;) Win, win situation.

  66. And all of this inspires me to pledge to donate $100 next Thursday. That may not be a lot, but it’s a weeks groceries for me and I am not a rich person.

  67. I can’t help but think – why is Kris going right now – when his album is struggling on the charts. Why didn’t he respond earlier, when the earthquake first hit. But at the time, he was too busy going around promoting his album. There is already chatter that he will likely get a sales boost from the media attention with this trip. Sad, but true.

    “Why didn’t he respond earlier?,” So he should have flown to Haiti in his private jet and personally airlifted people out of Haiti? What was he supposed to be do, or better yet, what do you know about what he has done? Considering that the album was moving at the same amount when the earthquake hit, wouldn’t you fling the same accusations at him if he had left sooner?

    This trip coincides with AI kicking off Idol Gives Back, Kara and Elliot are on a similar trip, but the short trips are not the full extent of AI’s involvement in helping these countries.

  68. That may not be a lot, but it’s a weeks groceries for me and I am not a rich person.

    ANY amount helps, no matter how big or little. And if you don’t have money, give your time – my volunteers drive for me as often as every weekend or as little as once a year and I appreciate and need every second they can give me. Never think that if your contributions are small that they don’t help – they do :) . Every penny that can help is important. $100 is an extremely generous donation!

  69. It was most like a UN chartered jet since Kris was traveling with the CEO of the UN Foundation. Also, the UNF press release only specified 19th as the date for the trip.

    That is very possible it was the UN’s private jet. My point is that it is tough to get into Haiti and private jets are (for the moment) the best way to get into Haiti. I know that many companies and private citizens are donating the use of their corporate/personal jets for relief work in Haiti.

    I was saying Kris was given an opportunity and he took it… and his action is way much better than what i’m doing right now (okay, i shouldn’t have said “us”).

    I’m not knocking Kris at all. Having said that, I think a lot of people, (including you) if asked to go to Haiti on a trip organized by someone else, might also say yes.

    Kris has a history of doing charitable work through his church mission. I think the point some folks were making was that this was an IGB funciton, outside of Kris’s normal mission work. I do believe, however, Kris will always be involved with this kind of work. I also do NOT think this has anything to do with promoting his album. What it might do, however, is get people to take a closer look at Kris and perhaps buy his album. I expect him to get a bump in sales after IGB, but there is nothing wrong with that. I also suspect any other idols who perform on IGB will also get a bump.

    By the way, you know who else does a lot of charitable work? Hanson. I remember looking them up recently and was impressed with their stuff. Those guys, (now all grown) are incredibly talented. I don’t think they deserved the backlash they got and the good news is David Cook is a big fan of theirs.

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  70. ANY amount helps, no matter how big or little. And if you don’t have money, give your time – my volunteers drive for me as often as every weekend or as little as once a year and I appreciate and need every second they can give me. Never think that if your contributions are small that they don’t help – they do . Every penny that can help is important. $100 is an extremely generous donation!

    This is so true. Many organizations depend on people who “only” volunteer once a month. A day might not seem like a lot, but when it’s added to the one day that dozens of others volunteer, it really adds up. The same is true with monetary donations.

  71. I see MJ posted more pics. I think they are good. It shows that things are organinzed in Haiti and that the donations are being put to good use. People want to donate but they want to be sure that their money is getting to the folks who need it.

    ETA-the woman in the last shot looking at the camera doesn’t appear to like having her picture taken.

  72. Kris was asked if he wanted to go to Haiti and he jumped at the opportunity to help and didn’t think twice to ask what he’d be doing.

    Kris wanted to help in Haiti, I’m sure, but it isn’t like he was going to say “no” was when this trip was organized as part of IGB. I mean yes, I do think would have probably have liked to have gone to help on his own, given his past work, and given this TOMS stuff as well. But I don’t given him any extra kudos for not thinking twice of going as part of IGB/as someone from Idol. I mean, of course if he was asked, he would go. Anyone from Idol who was asked, would go. I don’t think even the douchiest Idol would say “no” to going as part of IGB, just for the negative publicity alone. Which is not to say why I think Kris wanted to do this, or didn’t say no. I’m just saying, c’mon, who would say no? who would think twice?

    But to be clear, I don’t think there are any hidden agendas. Kris wants to help, like so many of us do, and he gets to help out by helping raise a lot more needed funds. That’s the main and real point of this trip, and it commendable as such. And it will do the Haitians a lot of good, which is the important thing. I don’t think Kris cares about incidental album/single sales he may receive. Not just given his history, but given that he isn’t some major tool.

  73. Anyone from Idol who was asked, would go. I don’t think even the douchiest Idol would say “no” to going as part of IGB, just for the negative publicity alone. Which is not to say why I think Kris wanted to do this, or didn’t say no. I’m just saying, c’mon, who would say no? who would think twice?

    I think the problem with this statement is that it is diminishing Kris’ deeds simply because anyone else who was asked would theoretically agree to go.

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    Now obviously this one-day trip had a lot to do with simply getting footage for Thursday’s show and helping to promote IGB. But the footage will also nudge people to donate money to help the relief effots in Haiti — and in the end, that’s the bottom line. If Kris ends up getting a sales boost from appearing on the show, that is nice, butreally irrelevant in the big scheme of things — I would bet that people who appeared on previous episodes of IGB may have gotten sales boosts, but I don’t remember anyone screaming about that. I’m not going to claim Kris doesn’t want to promote his album, because obviously he does. But I have a feeling that he would go to Haiti to try and help even if no one was filming it and even if he never appeared on Idol. He’s obviously got a good heart and he wants to help with the “hands-on” aid if given the opportunity.

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  75. I can’t help but think – why is Kris going right now – when his album is struggling on the charts. Why didn’t he respond earlier, when the earthquake first hit. But at the time, he was too busy going around promoting his album. There is already chatter that he will likely get a sales boost from the media attention with this trip. Sad, but true.

    Probably because it wasn’t even until Friday that flights were open to fly into Haiti? Before that, only people and planes cleared by the United Nations – as in, flights that were absolutely necessary for aid work – were allowed in or out. Now they’re letting in the secondary organizations and the people who are going to be able to help rebuild. And let’s be honest – if he had hopped a plane right away people would have accused him of using Haiti to promote his album anyway.

    They’re at the point now where – sad as it is – people have already moved on. It’s sad to say it but especially here, the only way to make sure people remember that the victims of natural disasters (like the tsunami in 2004, like Kartina, and yes, like the earthquake in Haiti) are STILL suffering and need help is to shove it in people’s faces and go, “Hey, people still need help. They’re still going to need help for months or even years. Don’t forget about them.” That’s exactly what Idol – and Kris – are doing; reminding everyone that the job is far from finished. And nothing says “don’t forget” like going there and showing people exactly how great the need still is.

  76. Kris will have to share his screen time next week with info about Haiti. I’m not sure if he’ll perform or what song he’ll perform. When Idol wants to pimp someone, they never mix the promo with IGB or charity because the focus is different. But any one who gets shown on Idol benefits for obvious reasons.

    Anway, this is a great way to keep focus on Haiti and Kris is the perfect rep for Idol in this situation.

  77. Awwww, seeing all these photos just warm my heart:) I really like the ones with Kris singing to the children in the tent and him doing the manual work. I think “Amazing Grace” will make a good charity single.

  78. Kris has done numerous charity work in the past, has done much since AI (read the earlier posts) and will continue to do in the future. Unless medias talk about, he doesnt mention this kind of stuff to promote himself. I think only people not knowing about him can talk about an hidden agenda!
    I’m so glad that he did this to help raise more money for Haiti, they need it badly

  79. So I take it these clips will probably be used Thursday to promo IGB later in the season? If Idol is benefiting from helping Haiti, isn’t that a win-win? And Kris wins too because this helps with his personal album promotion and allows him to do what he’d probably have gladly done it in the first place w/o being asked, which is help Hait. WIN ALL ‘ROUND. Big business helping itself by helping the little guy is not a negative. And I don’t really care for Kris as an artist, but questioning his motives seems silly when there’s a really important matter at stake.

  80. Thanks, happygolucky. Here’s the text of the blog about Kris’s visit to Haiti (and kudos to UPS!!):

    “Fame is a very interesting concept. Today we had a very famous visitor at our camp. So famous that he came with heavily armed guards to protect him and a 5-mini bus entourage of team members, camera crew and photographers to chaperone him and capture his every movement on film. The trouble was – and perhaps my kids will say, ‘O Dad’ when I admit this – but I hadn’t any idea who he was. Perhaps I’m getting old, perhaps I just don’t keep up with the times. The VIP guest was a very personable young man named Kris Allen, the most recent winner of ‘American Idol’. His visit was part of an awareness raising campaign by the United Nations Foundation. He spent the day visiting 4 different sites across Port au Prince and our camp was chosen as it represented both the challenges we are facing and some of the unique ways in which we are responding. If you have cable, please check the programme out next Thursday. You never know, I may even get in on a shot!

    One of the innovative things he was here to see was our new registration process. Our programme has received fantastic support from many donors. But one of the best has been the American company UPS. They have assisted by providing free charter flights to move reief supplies and have provided the services of one of their professional logisticians. But theoir most recent contribution has been to design a programme to help us register our beneficiaries and track the assistance we are giving them. They have donated a complete package worth US$20,000 which allows us to issue bar coded ration cards. As we do distributions families will bring their cards which are electronically scanned and checked. The software automatically records what commodities have been allocated and received and prints out a complete list of who has received each commodity. It was revolutionise our tracking process and it something pretty unique in humanitarian circles.

    The challenge this week has been to bring all 3,300 families to our camp management office, issue the new cards and check the data. Kris visited the team and even helped process one of the new ration card allocations.

    It was good to see him – he was very friendly and he made quite an impact on the families. My hope is that his visit will keep the interest in Haiti alive and help promote the on-going work. Check out the programme on Thursday and look out for The Salvation Army.”

  81. The Salvation Army aid worker seemed less than impressed about the entourage and the whole fame thing, but he also seems won over by Kris himself and says that Kris’s visit had a positive impact on the Haitian families, so that’s nice.

    From the aid worker’s blog: “The challenge this week has been to bring all 3,300 families to our camp management office, issue the new cards and check the data. Kris visited the team and even helped process one of the new ration card allocations.It was good to see him – he was very friendly and he made quite an impact on the families. My hope is that his visit will keep the interest in Haiti alive and help promote the on-going work.”

  82. From the Salvation Army worker

    It was good to see him – he was very friendly and he made quite an impact on the families. My hope is that his visit will keep the interest in Haiti alive and help promote the on-going work. Check out the programme on Thursday and look out for The Salvation Army.

    That pretty much sums up the whole point.

    I’d guess that Kris didn’t think the huge entourage was necessary either, but given some of the things that the UN has done since they’ve been in Haiti, I’m not surprised. The seem to be overly worried about security, and considering that they want to gain attention from Kris’ visit, they didn’t want to take any chances that something might happen to him.

  83. Btw, what’s inspring? (re: thread title) LOL!

    Kris tweeted that it was an inspiring trip, and I’m sure that it will inspire people to donate money on Thursday.

  84. I think the entourage was very necessary. Haiti was listed by the CIA as high level of danger for travelers especially for kidnappings in 2009. Considering the extensive level of destruction and desperation that potentially exists now, it would be irresponsible to drag the guy over there with a film crew, drawing attention to him as some kind of high profile important person, and sorta asking for “trouble”. Good for Idol making sure his trip was safe. The negativity is silly imo. Maybe some ppl were put off by Lyndsey’s term “American Hero”. It was a trip to keep the public eye on the ongoing need for help, and Idol’s commitment to do something more than just feed the music business. Just because Kris may enjoy a sales bump so what? Good for him. He’s THE American Idol. And the fact that it meets the narrative of his former life? Bonus for everyone. It’s all good.

  85. Maybe some ppl were put off by Lyndsey’s term “American Hero”.

    Yes, I think calling Kris an “American Hero” grates on people like calling Adam a “Rock Gawd!” Neither of these guys are immune to their fans’ hyberbole. The good news is that neither one of these guys refers to themselves in those terms. :)

  86. Btw, what’s inspring? (re: thread title) LOL!

    Kris tweeted that it was an inspiring trip, and I’m sure that it will inspire people to donate money on Thursday.

    Oh no. I was LOLing on the misspelled word “inspring”.

    I agree that the whole trip is INSPIRING!!!

  87. Here’s an excerpt from David Archuletta’s recent blog, giving props to Kris:

    I love it when people come together to help out, because it really is amazing how much strength comes when people come together. It was neat being able to help in the Hope for Haiti telethon and see how much good came from everyone coming together to unite to help the people in Haiti. There’s power in numbers. The damage happened so quickly in Haiti, and now they need to recover from all that has happened there. I was watching the news last night and saw that Kris Allen went out to Haiti to help out. I thought that was so cool. I really look up to him for all that he does for other people. I know that he’s done a lot of missionary work in a lot of different places and countries, and I think people should do things like that more. Even if you aren’t able to go to a different country, you can still help by sending donations to good causes, or help out the people who may need your help even in your own country, state, or town.

  88. wow-looks like kris wasnt there very long. what did he do, sing at the airport? looks like its just for PR to me. at least when daughtry went to africa, he was there a week

  89. cakeygirl,

    I don’t think Daughtry went to an African country after it had a disaster like this and people had nowhere to live. See the difference? Grow up people! Don’t belittle a good effort because it’s Kris Allen.

  90. looks like kris wasnt there very long. what did he do, sing at the airport?

    I’m sure he did. LLWD, and he had his entourage sell CDs. He’s a shallow sort of guy, after all.

  91. Kris made a day trip – all the way to Haiti, so some people can’t help but speculate that there was some PR photo op involved. Why wasn’t he there longer? And IMO he didn’t do anything that out of the ordinary. I think that any of the Idols, if asked, under the circumstances, would have done the same.

  92. Heh, I don’t think anyone is dissing Kris for his long history of missionary work. I think the discussion is that this particular trip to Haiti was to film something for IGB. The focus was IGB not Kris.

    Archie is a good guy and is very involved with charity. So is David Cook, Adam, Carrie, Elliot and Daughtry. I’m sure there are more idol alums that I have left out. I recall Blake involved with a charity as well. Good for all of them for using their fame for good works.

  93. Kris is not the first Idol to do charity work and he certainly won’t be the last. The problem I have that unfortunately, the focus of this trip has been more about Kris – than the people of Haiti. It should not be about how generous and wonderful Kris is as person. I have no interest in seeing a PR pic of Kris swinging a sledgehammer. It should be about victims of this disaster. I want to hear more about what is being done, the personal experiences.

  94. I find it odd that we rarely hear Kris being involved in any charity work since AI, especially when he had done missionary work prior to being on the show.

    AML, why would you find it odd? It’s entirely in keeping with Kris’ personality to avoid self-promotion. In fact, he’s been criticized for not tooting his own horn enough during his radio station promo visits. As others have mentioned, he has participated in several charitable events since finishing the Idol tour and releasing his album but there were no major news organizations following him around at those times. On this Haiti trip, he went as the representative of Idol Gives Back, which of course needed pictures and video for when they ask home viewers for donations later this AI season.

    The problem I have that unfortunately, the focus of this trip has been more about Kris – than the people of Haiti. It should not be about how generous and wonderful Kris is as person. I have no interest in seeing a PR pic of Kris swinging a sledgehammer. It should be about victims of this disaster. I want to hear more about what is being done, the personal experiences.

    The focus of the trip was not about Kris. But I’m not sure you understand how Idol Gives Back works. They use the faces, voices and personalities of famous Idol alumni as the links to the charitable endeavours in need, and leverage the audience’s support of their Idol favourites into donations to those causes.

    It’s also the reason why every charity infomercial on tv features popular celebrities asking for donations. While you may think pictures of the disasters and interviews with the victims ought to be enough to get folks to donate, it’s been shown that charity funding drives are more successful when celebrities lend their voices to the efforts.

  95. Why is it dimishing it to say that yes, others would go if asked as well?

    But, why is there a need to say that others would go too? It’s like when someone compliments Kris on being a good musician, others take it to mean that there have never been any other musicians in the history of AI, or because Adam doesn’t play an instrument that means that he is somehow less than Kris. Why even jump to those conclusions just because someone said something nice about Kris. Yes, others have gone on these types of trips before, we all know that, so why is there a need to downplay Kris’ actions. Congratulating Kris for going isn’t putting down anyone else.

  96. The problem I have that unfortunately, the focus of this trip has been more about Kris – than the people of Haiti.

    Pictures of Kris in Haiti are pretty relevant on an Idol blog. I’ll wait and view the footage before I decide that it is all about Kris and not Haiti, you know?

  97. But, why is there a need to say that others would go too?

    That’s what I’m wondering, too. This thread is about Kris going to Haiti, right? I don’t see why others need to be brought into it at all, either as a slight to the other Idols or to play down any importance in Kris’ visit. This is completely independent of whether or not other Idols do charity work, or even Kris’ previous or future charity work… it’s his trip to Haiti. And we’ll see on Idol when we see the footage exactly what they are doing with it.

  98. I suspect the video footage of Kris in Haiti will be edited nicely to include a lot of information for people interested in donating. I think the focus will be on Haiti and not Kris.

  99. Kris was the perfect rep for IGB to go to Haiti. I hope this brings attention to the continued need there as it is intended to do, and not to a cynical world (or US) instead. That would be really sad, imo.

  100. The problem I have that unfortunately, the focus of this trip has been more about Kris – than the people of Haiti.

    Where did you get this veiw? Is it the press conference scheduled for Monday where reporters have been told that they can only ask Kris about the trip to Haiti, but nothing else, not AI, his album, Adam, or anything else that is not directly related to the trip. Is it the fact that Kris visited five camps yesterday, so that he can have video to show on Thursday about what people are going through, so that it can be used in this year’s IGB? Was it Kris passing out food to people, or helping to build a house, which one of those makes you think that it was all about Kris?

  101. Is it the fact that Kris visited five camps yesterday, so that he can have video to show on Thursday about what people are going through, so that it can be used in this year’s IGB?

    I think the itinerary was coordinated by IGB, not Kris. I’m sure Kris did what he was asked to do. I think he will do a great job, however, and it will be a very moving segment on IGB.

  102. Seriously, I don’t get all this sniping and nitpicking…

    I think that might have to do with the fact that one website (was it Yahoo?) proclaimed Kris Allen an “American Hero” after he announced that he was going to Haiti to do volunteer work. Now it turns out to be a one day photo op for IGB and perhaps people feel that the “American Hero” label attached to Kris was all a bit overblown and much ado about nothing. Not saying Kris overstated things but the media certainly did when the news was first announced.

  103. I am proud of Kris’s trip to Haiti. Nevermind how long he was there, whos idea it was for him to go, whether its all about him and not the people of Haiti…blah, blah, blah. His trip and the footage on Idol on Thursday will bring awareness to millions of people, and in the end thats a good thing. As for the overblown comment, In my opinion I think Kris will be going back to Haiti, that this one day trip was for IGB and his original intentions had to be pushed back to accomadate this trip. But, I’m sure if that does happen, certain people will have something to say about that too.

  104. Kris is my American hero too. :)

    Let’s start a slow clap, you ready…Clap, Clap, clap…

    Go Kris!

  105. But, why is there a need to say that others would go too? It’s like when someone compliments Kris on being a good musician, others take it to mean that there have never been any other musicians in the history of AI, or because Adam doesn’t play an instrument that means that he is somehow less than Kris. Why even jump to those conclusions just because someone said something nice about Kris. Yes, others have gone on these types of trips before, we all know that, so why is there a need to downplay Kris’ actions. Congratulating Kris for going isn’t putting down anyone else.

    No one is putting down Kris by saying that others have done the same thing before and will in the future. I don’t see that those things are tied together. Well for me they aren’t, I can’t speak for others. I was just saying that doing this is a function of Idol, Kris is the one that happens to represent Idol in this, so good job by him and kudos. I just don’t think that anyone would have said no, is all.

    I have admired the work Kris did before Idol to help people, and the continuing work he does outside of Idol, like the stuff in Rwanada. And yes, I admire him, always have, for his wanting to go to Haiti and help.

    And now Kris as part of IGB, gets to help Haiti with raising money on the show next week, and that’s the important thing. I’m sure he’s grateful and honoured to do be a part of this. And I’m sure he did a great job. I hope he gets to go back to do the hands-on work he said he wants to do.

  106. I think the entourage was very necessary. Haiti was listed by the CIA as high level of danger for travelers especially for kidnappings in 2009.

    THIS… ITA. There is al lot of interactions between Haiti and Quebec because we share a common language and in the past there are been way too much kidnapping of ‘apparently’ wealthy people from Quebec. So bodyguards are no luxury.

    Kris is not the first Idol to do charity work and he certainly won’t be the last. The problem I have that unfortunately, the focus of this trip has been more about Kris – than the people of Haiti.

    The cover of the Haiti situation is meant to be aired on Idol next Thursday; it’s not a CNN cover on the spot; there is nothing unfortunate about it so far in my opinion. Publicity just aims at getting peoplie to watch this on Thursday.

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    I’ve been reading comments about other people, other idols would have done the same and in that respect why the high praise for Kris? People always discuss the motives for celebrity to do charity work and I’m sure it happens that some are doing it to either look good or to get more publicity; in Kris’s case and because of his past actions in this aread, we just know it’s a continuation of his past behavior and in my opinion this is why he’s getting such praises. It’s all ok and for all the other persons contributing to charity in an interested way, all I have to say is well done indeed because at the end it’s the results that count.

  107. We can’t know what’s in a person’s heart for sure. We can only judge by what we see them do and what we hear them say. Personally, I believe Kris did this because #1 he wanted to do something to help as he’s done before, and #2 because he was asked to do it as part of the IGB fundraiser. Neither of those are bad reasons.

  108. I think that might have to do with the fact that one website (was it Yahoo?) proclaimed Kris Allen an “American Hero” after he announced that he was going to Haiti to do volunteer work.

    Wait, you mean the press corps use hyperbole to grab attention to their stories? Go figure. ;)

    I just saw the video of the 25th anniversary remake of We Are The World for Haiti. All those famous musicians and entertainers lending their voices to make a song to raise awareness and money. I also read a comment the Lionel Ritchie made that sadly, sometimes it takes a hit single to get people’s attention, to care and to give. Celebrities do influence people and those that choose to use their fame to help are okay by me.

  109. aidwkr (Dominic Macsorley – tweeting about a lifetime spent working with an international humanitarian aid agency@concern):

    @KrisAllen Concern met Kris a true humanitarian, informed, respectful connecting with mothers & childen through universal language – music
    7 minutes ago from web in reply to KrisAllen

    I think it summarizes a lot that has been said in this thread!

  110. I wish that Kris is more selfish and just think of Kris , Kris and Kris only, then maybe I won’t agonize so much about his album sale. If only he’ll refuse to answer any non- Kris questions in interviews and just promote himself.
    Alas, he is not like that. He is humble, down to earth and generous sometimes to a fault, IMO. I’m just shaking my head on some people that still questioning his “motives”.

    I can’t wait for his appearance next Thursday and hopefully he’ll sing something. I hope people will watch AI first at 8:00pm ,and then switch to Ladies free skate figure skating.

  111. I’ve been reading comments about other people, other idols would have done the same and in that respect why the high praise for Kris? People always discuss the motives for celebrity to do charity work and I’m sure it happens that some are doing it to either look good or to get more publicity;

    Oh well I don’t doubt for one second that Kris’s wanting to do this, was to help people out, and all the publicity stuff that is associated, is necessary and the point of this trip. Which is to raise money/help Haiti. AI has a huge audience, and this is a chance to reach out to them and hopefully get some of those people to donate. And using Idol and it’s publicity, to get on news channels and so in that way as well, keep up awareness up of Haiti, for continued support.

    So yeah, no questions from me about this trip, or Kris’s motives. Kris is cool for doing this, and good will come from it.

  112. OK, now I’m really happy about Kris’ visit: went on twitter and the full caption under the photo of him singing in the tent full of women and children says that another purpose of the tent was to provide a safe and quiet place for the mothers to breastfeed. I’m a IBCLC (international board-certified lactation consultant) and we want the focus to be supporting the mother so she can then feed her baby—-better outcomes for the babies. SO COOL that Kris was in that tent. Also, makes me want to support the organization that has that tent. So, just having that tiny twitpic out there may cause more support for these organizations.

  113. Oh well I don’t doubt for one second that Kris’s wanting to do this, was to help people out, and all the publicity stuff that is associated, is necessary and the point of this trip.

    ITA-Truthiness. No one is doubting that Kris is a good person. I’m not sure what people are upset about? I think the point was that this is an IGB driven event and not a Kris driven event. Having said that, he will make a fine spokesperson and IGB will raise a lot of money for Haiti. There is nothing negative in that. The “American Hero” headline was unfortunate, but hey, it’s not like he’s the first idol to get an overblown headline.

  114. The American Hero title may be unfortunate to those who do not like Kris, but I kinda like it.

    I like Kris just fine, but I think the headline is overblown, just like I think calling Adam a rock gawd is overblown. It’s no biggie. It’s what some fans and some media do. And it gives us something to talk about. :)

  115. Kris’s Haiti trip will touch 20 million plus people who have open minds and open hearts. The cynical-hearted will remain just that, with closed minds and closed pocketbooks. Kris, I’m sure, will happily endure the slings and arrows of the cynics if it means gaining awarness and support for Haiti. A small price to pay compared to the suffering of the Haiti people.

  116. I see nothing wrong with “American Hero.” We need more heroes in life and less villains. We should all try to be heroes in little ways when we can.

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    No lecturing or telling posters off
    Don’t tell posters what to post or attempt to dictate the discussion
    Keep focused on the subject of the post, which is KRIS (And we’re talking about Adam in this thread because???)
    No blog on blog talk! What goes on in other threads is 100% off topic

  118. I think I know why this trip was make on Friday and will be aired on next Thur and not wait till IGB in April. I subscribed to irs.gov for tax information and got this email yesterday:

    “WASHINGTON — Taxpayers wishing to claim their Haiti relief donations on the tax return they are filling out this season must make those donations by the end of this month, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

    Individuals and corporations have until midnight on Sunday, Feb. 28, to make cash contributions to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti. These contributions can be claimed on either a 2009 or 2010 return, but not both…..”

  119. I tried to post this earlier, but we have another great tweet from one of the Aid workers who Kris met yesterday:

    @KrisAllen Concern met Kris a true humanitarian, infomed, respectful connecting with mothers & childen through universal language – music

    http://twitter.com/aidwkr

    I hope Kris gets to see it, especially since this worker realizes, more than any of us do, the importance of Kris’ trip, and he actually knows what Kris did while he was in Haiti.

    I think that might have to do with the fact that one website (was it Yahoo?) proclaimed Kris Allen an “American Hero” after he announced that he was going to Haiti to do volunteer work. Now it turns out to be a one day photo op for IGB and perhaps people feel that the “American Hero” label attached to Kris was all a bit overblown and much ado about nothing. Not saying Kris overstated things but the media certainly did when the news was first announced.

    Actually, I don’t think that yesterday’s visit is what Kris was referring to last month. In an interview, Kris said that his trip to Haiti wasn’t connected to AI or IGB. Kris has a friend who routinely makes humanitarian trips, so Kris might have been going with him, but something happened, maybe it was the extra stops on the Asia promo tour, or maybe it was concerns about security. Either what, I don’t think the media misconstrued what was going on. Kris also stated that he was going to Haiti in March, he actually never mentioned Friday’s trip until the UN Foundation released the press release.

  120. It was good to see him – he was very friendly and he made quite an impact on the families. My hope is that his visit will keep the interest in Haiti alive and help promote the on-going work.”

    To me this comment from the Salvation Army man sums up the most important reason why Kris has gone to Haiti- to keep the interest in Haiti alive & help promote ongoing work. That Kris seemed to make an impact on those around him is a real bonus, which will make it easier for him to return at a later stage!!!

  121. I feel that Kris was very willing/happy to do whatever he could to help the people of Haiti, just like he has done in many other instances with his prior missionary work before he became famous.

    In this instance, he had an opportunity to raise awareness to the dire situation in Haiti because of his fame on AI, in conjunction with IGB. Obviously there have been numerous situations where famous people have gotten involved with charity work – Angeline Jolie being one of the most prominent – and when she and other famous people make these trips they are well documented so the media can report about them, which raises awareness about issues that otherwise would not be heard of by most of the American people.

    The feedback we have gotten from informed folks, on-site in Haiti and intimately involved with the needs of the Haitians, is (IMO) very telling about the positive impact of Kris Allen’s visit. They see the Haitians day in and day out, and were able to comment on his positive impact to the mothers, children and others in need.

    As a fan of AI, and Kris, I am happy to see that he had the opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of the needy Haitians, and raise awareness about this very important issue. I will most definitely be picking up the phone to donate for this important cause.

  122. How about if we raise our hands in the air, start swaying from side to side and sing Kumbayah? :) Peace. :)

    I’m really looking forward to next week when they show IGB..and weeks after that. To seeing Kris and what he did in Haiti. To hearing about the added support that would come in because of this trip or that show. To seeing more hits on the UN video posted in KAofficial site about what the org is doing. To the added awareness all this would bring about…. And to seeing more relief distributed in Haiti and more support brought in to help in rebuilding.

    Hopefully, the relief and rebuilding would come in much faster as the people have already suffered so much as it is.

    Go Kris! Go Idol! Go go go to all the organizations and people supporting Haiti!

  123. Go Kris! Go Idol! Go go go to all the organizations and people supporting Haiti!

    I like that attitude :)

  124. Here’s another blog from Haiti that mentions Kris’s visit.

    “Yesterday, we took Kris Allen – last year’s American Idol winner – on a tour of one of these sites, in Place de la Paix. It is a breathtaking scene, a massive labyrinth of temporary shelters, crammed together but well organised, supplied with water, latrines, and a population of deeply welcoming people, delighted to chat about our respective philosophies, the future of Haiti, the international system, footballers, and rock stars.

    Out of nowhere a kid came up and started rapping with Kris Allen, PLAYING GUITAR ON A CONDOM [emphasis added by me – girlygirl]. Hilarity ensued. Amazing scene. I hope the US showbiz industry isn’t too nervous to show it.”

    http://haititales.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/scenes-and-portaits-in-the-streets-and-camps-of-port-au-prince/

  125. I see nothing wrong with “American Hero.” We need more heroes in life and less villains. We should all try to be heroes in little ways when we can.

    love your comment oceana

    Out of nowhere a kid came up and started rapping with Kris Allen, PLAYING GUITAR ON A CONDOM [emphasis added by me – girlygirl]. Hilarity ensued. Amazing scene. I hope the US showbiz industry isn’t too nervous to show it.”

    girlygirl, how do you play guitar on a condom? lol
    and ..omg I wish this will be broadcast whatever this playing on condom means… it sounds so fun!!!!

  126. One thing I’d like to point out is that Kris’s time is far different post-idol than pre-idol. It is not completely his own and he can’t just act on a whim to go to Haiti or even go home to Arkansas. Schedules are drawn up in advance, meetings set, promotional tours made and are not so easy to reschedule. I’m certain Kris was itching to get to Haiti as a private citizen/volunteer, but his responsibilities had to be met. David Cook stated he negotiated for two weeks vacation time after the IDOL TOUR. The key word is “negotiate”. These are real world jobs here and commitments need to be met like all professionals/employees have to do.

    If Kris had his way he would have been there in February and would have probably stayed as long as he could. Unfortunately, those college days when he only answered to himself and could focus completely on humanitarian causes are long past. I’m certain there will be a day when he can devote more time to good works, a priority of his that has been mentioned by him on more than one occasion.

  127. Evanjane, very well said.

    It is so great for Kris Allen to do this. Bottomline.

  128. Thank you all for the links to the various blogs and tweets. I’ve been reading what the various workers from different organizations have been writing. Conditions there are horrendous and spirits get low. I greatly admire and appreciate these people.

    I laughed at the ‘playing guitar on a condom’ … I’m guessing he meant ‘with’ as in using a wrapped condom as a pick. I hope they do show that along with Amazing Grace.

    Speaking of ‘Amazing Grace’, I noticed that Dominic Macsurly also tweeted Joan Baez today.

    @joancbaez Joan, Im in Haiti where Ilisten to your voice, music is back & the spirit of the people can not be buried beneath the rubble

    I think Kris made a difference in some lives he touched yesterday.

  129. Go Kris! Go Idol! Go go go to all the organizations and people supporting Haiti!

    Well said. I looked at some of the pictures on the site that girlygirl linked to, and I almost cried, but then I couldn’t help but smile at the look of hope on the faces of some of the children.

    Evanjane, you make a great point. Not only are things scheduled in advance, but they are also scheduled at the last minute. Kris’ trip to Kuala Lumpur seemed to come about just a week before it happened.

  130. Out of nowhere a kid came up and started rapping with Kris Allen, PLAYING GUITAR ON A CONDOM

    OK, that is just about the most precious visual ever!
    It is so stunningly touching that all people, and especially the young will find a way join in, and to make music no matter that they are living through one of the greatest tragedies of this time.
    Music certainly elevates people despite how dire the circumstances.
    Hopefully we get to see this picture or video. Rapping with Kris, and makeing music “safely”.!!

  131. I have no idea how I reversed what should have been quoted above.
    Please excuse my “back asswards”.LOL

  132. drea:
    02/20/2010 at 9:52 pm

    http://haititales.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/scenes-and-portaits-in-the-streets-and-camps-of-port-au-prince/

    Thank you girlygirl for that link. Those pictures of the Haitian families and children were beautiful.

    Very happy that Kris had this chance to visit and continue the awareness for Haiti and their needs.

    Ditto.. Thank you Girlygirl! I think it is very cool that Kris was given the opportunity to do this and to use AI as a platform to bring more awareness to the situation in Haiti.

    Sidenote: Watching the videos and reading the blogs has really opened my eyes to the true unknown heroes of disasters like this. It’s the volunteers who are in the trenches day in and day out doing everything they can to make life a little more bearable for people who have lost everything. I am also amazed at the spirit of the Haitians. It really puts a lot of things into perspective and shines a light on what is really important.

  133. Nice post, evanjane. TwigLA, thanks for the condon explanation. I think that makes sense> I couldn’t figure it out before.

  134. Great pics MJ. I’m happy that Kris finally had the opportunity to go to Haiti, with his hectic schedule and recent concerts in Asia that is. I like Kris, plenty!!! He is so adorable. I will always love Kradam & Kradison. It is bittersweet to reminisce of the IdolLive tour last summer. Back on topic: Bravo to Kris and to all the volunteers continuing to assist and provide their time and energy.

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