Today Show: Jimmy Kimmel “Friends” Reunion
Friends has been off the air for 10 years now, and recently there has been a lot of questions about whether or not there will be a reunion. Well, Jimmy Kimmel “might have gotten us one step closer.”
He had Jennifer Aniston on his show, along with an exact replica of Monica and Rachel’s apartment. Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow walked through the door and then they all read a scene, written by Jimmy Kimmel. As part of the scene, they read the lyrics to “I’ll Be There For You,” the Friends opening song.
Tamron Hall said she just had to point out that all three women look amazing, and I agree! You would never be able to guess their real ages just by looking at them. “It’s not fair,” Willie Geist said. “They look incredible.”
Today Hope To It: Angels For Kids Program
As part of Today’s Hope To It series, the focus was on a program called Angels For Kids.
Al Roker pointed out that they first brought Angels For Kids to people’s attention back in December when the program’s founder Shanyn McCourt threw a holiday party for underprivileged kids that included presents a visit from Santa Claus.
Now, with a new school year starting, Shanyn and Angels For Kids are back again with a back to school makeover for kids who could really use it.
Today Show: Back To School Makeovers For Underprivileged Kids
Shanyn McCourt explained that some of the kids that were at the event didn’t even know where they were going to live and others that were there didn’t have any parents and were going through so much.
She wants all kids to have a fair chance when they start school because as Shanyn said, the first day sets the tone for the rest of the year. “It makes or breaks you as a kid,” she said. “The purpose of today is to give kids the confidence they need to have a successful first day of school.”
The kids got new haircuts, new school supplies, and even a perfect back to school outfit.
One woman, a single mom, said the event means a lot to her because it’s hard raising two kids on her own. She said haircuts as well as school supplies and clothes can cost a lot of money.
Today: Angels For Kids Hopes To Prevent Bullying
The inspiration for the event came from Shanyn’s own childhood. One of her former classmates recently told her that growing up, Shanyn was the only kid at school who didn’t bully her. The woman, named Billie Schweikert, said that when you get picked on, it stays with you, causing self esteem issues. “The broken bones heal, but the emotional wounds don’t,” Billie said.
Shanyn pointed out that 15 years later, Billie is still thinking about how she was bullied in high school. She knew after talking to Billie that she had to do something to help kids because she doesn’t want them to carry that baggage with them for the rest of their lives.
One girl, who received a makeover from Angels For Kids, said afterward that she felt beautiful, and as Tamron said, what a wonderful thing to hear from a young girl.