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Extensive listing of MJ's Charitable Activities

Extensive listing of MJ's Charitable Activities

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Extensive listing of MJ's Charitable Activities
Extensive listing of MJ's Charitable Activities

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Published by: Seven Bowie on Jun 13, 2011
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Charitable Activities
Michael Jackson’s humanitarian background commences during his early years, when, out ofhis daily earnings as a Jackson – 5 lead member, he would purchase ice-cream and chewinggum for children in his neighborhood, according to himself, his mother, Katherine, and fatherJoseph. Both as a child and until later in his life (as required by his Jehovah’s Witnessesreligion), he would deliver Bibles door to door to families and preach to them the word of God,while concealing his renowned identity with disguises. As Jehova's Witnesses, he, along withhis mother and siblings would not celebrate birthdays and Christmases.
The Early Years:
 The Jackson Five’s
June, 1970 
concert at the Los Angeles Forum in California, the groupreturns to the stage, at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan as part of a star-studded tribute toboxer Joe Louis. By
, the ‘Brown Bomber’ was broke andailing, and the organizing committee hopes to raise 100,000 dollars to help him defray hospitalcosts. Comedians Bill Cosby and Redd Foxx, and music artists Billy Ekstine, Mahalia Jackson,B. B. King, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5 entertain crowd of 12,000 spectators
on August 12 
. Louis himself is too ill to attend, although a vacant chair is left in front in his honor. BerryGordy, himself a former boxer, serves as the Honorary Chair for the event, and is probablyresponsible for getting the Jackson Five to perform for the gig. 
On January 31, 1971
the Jackson5 return to their home county, Gary, Indiana, to play twobenefit concerts for Mayor Richard G. Hatcher’s re-election campaign at WestsideHigh School. A ceremony is held outside their former home at 2300 Jackson Street
in 1972 
, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 visit the Children’s Heart Hospital
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in Philadelphia County, PA., the singer also being seen signing pictures and autographs for thechildren therein. 
In early 1972 
, the Jackson 5 and The Supremes are the headlines performing a benefitconcert, the first annual 'Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Concert' in Atlanta, Georgia, helping toraise the start-up funds for the "Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change"in Atlanta. 
On September 30, 1972 
, the Jackson 5, and a variety of entertainers, perform for "Save TheChildren", a film theme of the 1972 "Black Exposition" and conducted by "Operation PUSH"("People To Save Humanity") in the International Amphitheater of Chicago, the eventhighlighting, among musical acts, footage of the city’s black population, their churches, schools,slums and playgrounds, and promoting the hope for an improved future, benefiting the childrenof Chicago, Illinois. 
On November 18, 1972,
Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 perform at an NAACPfund-raising dinner at Hollywood, Palladium, California, at the 6th annual Black Image Awards.The NAACP is the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, one of theoldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States. 
On December 9, 1972,
Michael J. and the Jackson 5 make an appearance in the WattsChristmas Parade in Los Angeles, California, and they serve as honorary chairmen. The paradeis televised the following day on KTLA.
On December 23, 1972 
, in Los Angeles, California, the 14-year old singer and the Jackson 5,dressed as Santas, make their appearance at a Christmas party held at the Pacific Townclub, tovisit and offer presents - on behalf of their record company, Motown - to 700(according to some sources, others reporting a number of 400) underprivileged children. In an article, titled
“The Jackson 5 Really Changed!”,
the writer points out that “the first time theJ-5 did a benefit at a children’s hospital, Michael came home and cried all night at the memoryof all those sick children lying in beds, some not even able to move their hands to clap. That is
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when he became actively involved in communicating with these kids. He corresponds withyoungsters his own age in hospital all over the country. These are not letters dictated to asecretary by a superstar, but letters written in Michael’s own hand during breaks in recording orrehearsing or even in school.” 
On December 24, 1972,
the Jackson 5 perform Christmas songs during a benefit concert atthe "Foundation for the Junior Blind" in Los Angeles, California, for 1000 visually impairedchildren, 400 of which attending the benefit party. On his thoughts about the event, MichaelJackson declares:
"You know, really, this is what Christmasis all about - giving." 
On March 7, 1973,
young Michael Jackson visits the bedside of 6-year old Leslie Robinette -suffering from from aplastic anemia caused by the genetic disease fanconi anemia – at theSeattle Children’s Hospital - then The Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center.Robinette received a bone marrow transplant, and was one of the youngest to ever have theprocedure. She went through chemotherapy, radiation, an ever-changing plethora ofmedications and was kept in isolation for three months; her state of health was precarious, thedoctors saying, after she was dismissed from the hospital, that she might live 10 years. “
I was sitting in my room looking out the window, ironically listening to 'Looking Through the Window' by the Jackson 5, when I heard all the nurses going wild and carrying on”,
Robinette declares 26 years later. Coincidentally, the Jackson 5 were there.
“They asked me which one I wanted to see, and I said I wanted to see Michael - he was the cute one”,
she says, laughing. She describes teenage Jackson as shy, but kind and sincere, signing anautographer for her, holding her hand and asking about her state.“I would never say that he saved her life - that's crazy - but he gave her back a little of her will tolive because she had lost it”,Trine Robinette, Leslie’s sister adds. Leslie eventually did improve, and her family returned totheir farm in Greeneville, Tenn., where she still lives with her parents. 11 years later, Leslie metJackson again, while he was on tour in Knoxville with his brothers, where she received freetickets, then went backstage to meet the Jackson clan.
"I asked him if he remembered me, and he said yes. We talked about my singing in chorus and how I was getting my back brace off soon”,
Robinette says. Jackson then told his security detail that she was his guest, so she got to watchthe third show from a raised VIP platform, seated right next to Jackson's mother, Katherine. Stillstruggling with her disease, she is less than 4 feet tall and weighs about 60 pounds, but she isnow 42 and is involved in North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and currentlyis training to become an instructor.
"I've always felt that Michael and I were kind of kindred spirits, because we both grew up not being able to really go anywhere or do anything normal kids do”,
Robinette says, adding that she hopes people will remember Michael Jackson for his gooddeeds and music. 
On August 16, 1973 
, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 perform in a benefit gig at St. PaulCivic Center Arena in Minnesota, with proceeds of the concert being funneled to the
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