Nick Cannon may not be the absolute busiest man in show business, but the comedian, radio host, hip-hop artist, host of “America’s Got Talent,” and most recently, ripped and raging star in Spike Lee’s powerful and acclaimed Chiraq definitely wears his share of hats, and still finds time to share his heart. The man of many jobs announced his ambassador position with the Salvation Army this holiday season on his Facebook page last month, and today, on December 21’s “Today’s Take” he introduced the winner of his “Giving Spree” to benefit children in need within the chosen benefactor’s local community, and offer his services as judge to a trio of the most spirited bell-ringers that the Big Apple could have. They knew more than how to keep their clappers in tune!
“Especially growing up, the Salvation Army were pillars in our community,” Cannon praised, noting that he nor any of his neighborhood would have sensed the joy of the season, nor more importantly, the joy of doing for others, if not for the presence of those patrolling the kettles. “It was never so much about getting presents, it was about learning that everyone has something to give to someone with a need.” Nick was particularly pleased and moved that the true “winner” of the spree was 15-year-old, Maddie Bonnecor, who actually described that she wanted this part in paying it forward as her own 15th birthday wish, because “I have all I could ever want, and I just wanted to give it back to everyone that I could.” “See,” Cannon spilled over, “to whom much is given, much is required. She already understands that at 15!” Nick has described how that principle has guided his own initiative in charities for children, along with his commitment as a dad to present a unified love as parents for twins, Monroe and Morocco, 4, no matter the status of personal relationships between mom and dad. The holidays are a time for harmony.
It was harmony times three when three top-notch New York City Salvation Army Bell ringers strutted their best stuff for Nick Cannon to expertly evaluate. First was Miguel Aguilera, who had the fastest ringing style on the Hudson, as well as break-dance like spells on his feet– and a smile that never stopped! Cadet, Katie Betts, had a more subdued, stylized approach, but she never was out of sync, and always kept time with her steps and a smile. “She keeps it right there,” surmised Cannon. An elder but a pro, 19-veteran, Captain, Gerardo Balmorre, who put on his high-energy best for the host and correspondent, Lilianna Vazquez, even adding “stereo sound” with two bells at once. After consideration, the infectious smile and “loudest bells” of Miguel made the difference. With choreography and undying commitment, the Salvation Army Bell ringers make music to many hearts.