Callie Cardamon is a
talented artist with a generous heart and deep love for children everywhere.
She has a background in counseling and was searching for volunteer work that
she could do from her home computer when she found TeenCentral.Net, the
KidsPeace website that gives teens a safe, anonymous place to write about their
feelings and receive sound advice from trained counselors. Callie signed up as
a volunteer, received training and began spending at least two afternoons a
week responding to posts from troubled teens.
In the process, Callie
began corresponding with Julius Licata, Director of TeenCentral.Net, and a
wonderful friendship developed between them. As she got to know more about
Julius and learn about the KidsPeace mission and many wonderful programs,
Callie decided that she should write a song for KidsPeace that could serve as
source of hope to our children and persuade donors to dig a little deeper to
help our kids. It was important to Callie to finish this song in time for
Thanksgiving and have it be her gift to KidsPeace and Julius.
The result is a beautiful
ballad entitled “Love Is On The Way,” which can be heard on Callie’s website,
http://www.calliecardamon.com/publicfiles/Love_Is_on_the_Way.mp3. Callie is donating 100% of the proceeds of this song to KidsPeace in
hopes that the song will give KidsPeace and TeenCentral.Net more exposure and
inspire people to donate to the organization. “It never occurred to me not to
donate 100% of the song’s profits to KidsPeace,” Callie said. The very first
letter I answered on TeenCentral.Net said ‘please send hope as fast as you
can,’ and that really touched me. Even the possibility of hope can help kids
hang on a bit longer. I hope all of the teens who post on TeenCentral.Net will
get some hope from this song.”
Callie was not sure that
the song was finished, but, when she learned that Julius had been ill, she knew
it said what she wanted to say, so she recorded it in order to get it to
KidsPeace by Thanksgiving. Callie recorded the song with Kimberly Kim, a former
student who moved to friend and colleague. “That is Kim’s angelic voice singing
the high harmonies on the song,” Callie told us. Callie has become a second
mother to Kim who works for the American Red Cross and has spent months and
months of her young life helping out on international health campaigns.
A resident of Pasadena, CA,
Callie records her beautiful interpretations of jazz and American standards and
shares her gifts on her website, www.calliecardamon.com.
KidsPeace feels blessed to have Callie on its side and expresses heartfelt
thanks for her amazing contribution.