Mental Health, Hunger, & Homelessness Winning Themes in Christophers’ College Video Contest

(Photo via VisualHunt.com)NEW YORK, April 28th, 2016 – Today, The Christophers announced the winners of their 28th Annual Video Contest for College Students in which entrants were asked to create a film or video that communicates the belief that one person can make a difference.Jake Spivack, a freshman at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, won the top prize of $2,000 for his piece entitled “Embracing Psychological Differences.” The video begins with a group of young adult … [Read More...]

Lacrosse Moved One Teen from a Life of Crime to a Hope-filled Future

Garan Santicola, a freelance writer for The Christophers, recently penned an article for the website narrative.ly about how lacrosse programs in Albany, New York, are attracting a roster of tweens and teens from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. Among them are Native American brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson (appropriate since lacrosse is originally a Native American sport) and Mike Banks, "one of the relatively small number of African Americans to ever play Division I college … [Read More...]

Broadcaster Ernie Anastos & Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” Win Special Christopher Awards

NEW YORK, April 20, 2016 — At the 67th annual Christopher Awards ceremony here on Thursday May 19th, Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ernie Anastos will receive the Christopher Life Achievement Award, while the family-friendly Hallmark Channel series “When Calls the Heart” will be honored with the Chri … [Read More...]

Love Doesn’t Die: A Mother Remembers Her Daughter with Down Syndrome

“Love doesn’t die.”That’s a quote from a letter we received at Christopher headquarters recently from a woman named Jean, and the story she told is one I'd like to share with you.Jean is a longtime supporter of The Christophers, who found inspiration in our Christopher News Notes. She often … [Read More...]

Choose Hope, Share Hope: Finding the Light in Dark Times

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Choose Hope...Share Hope” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.)“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with h … [Read More...]

Carrie Underwood Celebrates the Power of Baptism on “American Idol” Finale

(Artwork/Photo property of Fox)On last night's series finale of "American Idol" (yes, it pains me to write that), a lot of Idol alums returned to sing and pay tribute to the show that gave them a leg up in their music careers.There were some outstanding performances, including the country … [Read More...]

As “American Idol” Says Farewell, A Look Back at the God Factor in Contestants’ Lives

(Photo property of Fox)If God were a regular TV watcher, I suspect "American Idol" would qualify as one of His favorite shows (or at least make it onto His DVR).That's because since it debuted in 2002, "American Idol" has featured many contestants who come from a background of singing in … [Read More...]

The 2016 Christopher Award Winners Are…

67TH ANNUAL CHRISTOPHER AWARD WINNERS HIGHLIGHT FAMILY, FAITH, COMMUNITY, AND SOCIAL ISSUESNEW YORK, March 30, 2016 — Country music icon Dolly Parton, silver screen legend Sylvester Stallone, and popular comedian Jim Gaffigan are just a few of the creative forces behind the 21 feature films, T … [Read More...]

Young Mother Delays Chemo to Protect Unborn Child That Saved Her Life

Via CBS News:TONAWANDA, N.Y. - For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive brain cancer, it comes down to this: "The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him."Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma after going to the hospital for headaches and nausea that came on … [Read More...]

Pope Francis on Being a Christopher

Pope Francis posted this message on Twitter today. I have no idea if it has anything to do with us, but we at The Christophers applaud the statement.RELATED: About The ChristophersStay in touch! Like The Christophers on Facebook:The Christophers … [Read More...]

Joe Garagiola Credited the Holy Family with Protecting His Family

One of the people I had the opportunity to meet during my days producing the TV version of our "Christopher Closeup" show (circa 2006) was baseball broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola, who passed away today at age 90. What I observed was that Garagiola was a down-to-earth, gregarious, friendly man who … [Read More...]

A Young Man’s Vision of Heaven Inspires ‘Thrive in Joy’ Mission

Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection - the event that makes our redemption possible and allows us to rejoice in the fact that we will be able to reunite with our family and friends some day in heaven. That’s a powerful and comforting thought for anyone who’s lost a loved one—and who amo … [Read More...]


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