Clay Aiken – Opening Our Minds and Hearts

It is Thursday, April 3rd.

What are you doing today to help Clay Aiken represent the people of North Carolina?


On Wednesday, it was announced on Facebook that Clay Aiken will be be meeting with UFCW Local 1208 workers in Fayetteville.  The meeting is today at 1:00pm.  What a great opportunity for the union workers to let Clay know of their concerns and for Clay to share how he can help resolve those problems.

I do have to admit, I had to look up the group – They are United Food & Commercial Workers.  Their website says:

We Work In Front Of Customers And Behind The Scenes. Look For Us Stocking Produce In A Supermarket Aisle, Slicing A Cut Of Beef Before It Is Delivered To A Grocery Store, Taking A Child’s Temperature In A Hospital, Making The Blue Jeans Your Children Wear To School Or Selling Those Jeans In A Local Department Store. We Are North America’s Neighborhood Union—1.3 Million Members Standing Together To Improve The Lives And Livelihoods Of Workers, Families, And Communities.

Do you think we might get some pictures from this meeting?


Today, there were a few “selfies” posted on Twitter and Facebook!

From Facebook: “I love that the Sheriff is in this.”

Clay Aiken could not have been nicer! So happy to have met him today! #standwithclay

I hope that those who get a “selfie” with Clay will share it with us.  It is always fun to see two or more happy people!

Our world turned blue on Wednesday, April 2nd. It was World Autism Awareness Day. Thousands of people from all walks of life purchased blue light bulbs to display inside and outside their homes, offices, and even international monuments to show that they care.  Scary statistics have revealed that autism prevalence has increased 78% in just the past five years. It is continuously rising as we speak. Part of the increase has to do with the increase in awareness thanks to greater concentration on the topic.

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, intended to draw the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions.

The day aims to raise awareness on ways to tackle autism at different levels- medical, parental, social and psychological levels. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that are lit up in blue light.

SO…why is this article on a Clay Aiken board? To me, that is an easy question to answer. Clay has been a champion for all children with disabilities. For many years, Clay has worked in a hands-on way to help children with autism and their families. He taught a classroom of children with autism and, as we all know, worked one-on-one with Michael Bubel, a wonderful young man who helped change the path of Clay’s life.

Thank you, Clay, for opening our minds and hearts to the struggle of families affected by Autism. We have learned so much.

These pictures are so beautiful.  It is hard to pick only a few!

 CANN is first and foremost a board with the goal of keeping you updated on all the Clay Aiken news as it happens.

 I hope you will check in during the day for updates.

 I will post as soon as the news is available!

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3 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Opening Our Minds and Hearts

  1. The celebration photos for World Autism Awareness are fabulous!!! I have learned a great deal about autism since becoming a fan of Clay’s and was able to attend my first Gala last year. What a fantastic experience that was as featured speakers and families told their hands-on experiences with autism! I am enormously proud of Clay for championing this cause. Thanks for another marvelous article.

  2. Good that Clay is speaking with the union members today. Each person just might vote for the intelligent Clay Aiken.

    AND…thank you for the lovely pictures of Autism Awareness Day. It is important that we are reminded of this wonderful cause!

  3. its great and good that clay is indeed speaking with the union members today and eatch person just might vote for the amazing and intelagent clay aiken and also thanks verry much for the verry lovley pics of autism awarness day it is indeed inportant that we are all reminded of this special cause

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