Grammy winner Bruno Mars may be successful. That doesn’t mean it always came easy for him.
According to Biography.com, he grew up with music in his blood. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native had a mother who sang and a father who was a percussionist.
Yet Mars spent almost a decade of his career writing music for other people. It wasn’t until he appeared on rapper B.o.B’s 2010 hit “Nothin’ on You” that he gained popularity in his own right.
Perhaps that professional struggle explains why Mars has such a charitable heart. Because the sweet-voiced pop star who belts the killer hooks has helped more than a few people.
According to Inquisitr, the singer’s charitable efforts stretch back to at least 2014. That was when he auctioned off a backstage pass for a very practical reason.
The proceeds went to the Stephen Gaynor School, an institution that educates children with ADHD and other special needs. The pass went for five figures.
He didn’t stop there. Rappler reported that he forked over $100,000 in the same year to the Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. to help Filipino children after Typhoon Yolanda battered the nation.
In 2017, he gave more than double that amount to the Michigan nonprofit Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The Los Angeles Times highlighted how the group sought to deal with the horrible drinking-water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a crisis that rendered its water non-potable.
He wrote, “Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”
Indeed, opening up his proverbial storehouses and helping others simply seems a part of Mars’ worldview. This year has proved no exception.
Mars had three shows scheduled in Honolulu, his hometown. According to Us Weekly, he set a sweet tone for his final concert, the closing show for his tour, on Nov. 11.
How? Well, he announced that he was donating funds to the Salvation Army’s Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division. And it wasn’t a small amount either.
Mars has donated enough so that the Salvation Army can provide 24,000 Thanksgiving meals to needy families free of charge. The 24,000 number just happens to correspond with the title of the album, “24K Magic,” and tour Mars is wrapping up.
Cutesy numerics aside, Mars seems to truly love his home state. He opened his first show in Hawaii with warm greetings for his fans.
“Let’s have a good time tonight, Hawaii!” he wrote on his Instagram account. “Most importantly, let’s show love and aloha to everyone driving down and attending the concert.
“I’ve missed you all and I can’t wait to perform and sing on the island I call home. See you tonight!”
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