Justin Bieber isn’t the type to tout his charity efforts, preferring instead to do his good deeds – like visiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Wednesday –quietly.
But, with a little prodding from Q100’s morning show man Bert Weiss, the hair-i-licious heartthrob talked to the media for a few minutes this afternoon at Philips Arena (where he performs tonight) about “Stuff Bieber’s Bus,” an effort organized by Q100.
The idea, said Weiss, is to have a present for every kid at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Christmas morning. To accomplish that goal, Weiss wisely reached out to, “the most powerful teen in the industry” to help make it happen.
At the press conference, the slender Bieber, sporting gold Nike high-tops and baggy black leather pants, said he looks at the precedent set by Michael Jackson and “my big brother, Usher,” for inspiration about giving back to the community.
‘I have such a big platform. It would be silly not to do something with it,” Bieber, 16, said.
Weiss noted that the Georgia Credit Union agreed to match every toy donation, all but ensuring the goal of having a present for each child at the hospital.
But, fans are still encouraged to donate at the concert.
Bieber deflected any questions not related to his charity work – “I’m here to talk about other people,” he said diplomatically – but did mention that he’s especially pleased to help out in his adopted hometown of Atlanta, where he’s lived since he was 14.
“I’m influencing other young people to go out there and make a change,” he said, showing that grin that causes a squeal-a-thon every time he flashes it.
For more information about “Stuff Bieber’s Bus,” visit www.q100atlanta.com.
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene blog
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