Teen superstar Justin Bieber recently visited Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show and brought with him a gift — a lock of his hair. Ellen had joked on Twitter that she wanted a lock of Justin’s hair for her birthday, and Justin delivered. Ellen immediately set up an eBay auction with the item to benefit one of her favorite animal charities, The Gentle Barn. The auction ended yesterday, with a winning bid of over $40,000.
The Gentle Barn, located north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita, takes care of over 100 abused and neglected farm animals. The founders believe that children can learn a great deal about compassion and kindness from these gentle creatures. Recently, The Gentle Barn posted a story on their blog about visiting foster children who heard the life story about a horse who had been abandoned repeatedly: “The kids talked about what Prince Charmingís story teaches, and they all agreed that his story teaches that it is OK to trust again, even if we have been hurt before.† I wondered how many foster homes these kids have been in and wondered how many people have given up on them.”
DeGeneres has featured The Gentle Barn on her show and blog many times, generating donations and attention to a great cause. Last May, DeGeneres presented The Gentle Barn with a $50,000 donation from the digital media company Tonic. ” ‘Itís pretty remarkable. Ellen is just so amazing to be supporting us like she is. But on the flipside, the fact that thereís people out there who are willing to pay this kind of money for a piece of hair, I donít know what to say to that,’ said Gentle Barn founder Ellie Laks. (Source: hometownstation.com)
Justin Bieber is no stranger to trying to help animals. Recently he asked his fans to adopt pets from animal shelters instead of buying them from stores.
The Gentle Barn is open to the public on Sundays from 10 am to 2pm for a small donation of five dollars to help take care of the animals. They have an online store where people can purchase items like mugs or clothing to support them.
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