Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

It's always heartwarming to see deserving charities get recognition - and much-needed funding.

In Give, viewers ride along as the host - Jenna Bush Hager or Blair Underwood or maybe a celebrity guest - visits two organizations devoted to doing good work in serving the community. The organization doesn't know the real reason for the visit, which is to determine how to split grant money between the two organizations.

It seems a silly and impossible task, but the host has to do it. In most cases an even split winds up happening. After all, how can you choose whether STEM Kids NYC or A Fair Shake for Youth is a more "worthy" charity?

STEM Kids teaches hands-on science to young children, while Fair Shake takes therapy dogs to visit kids and help boost their social and emotional skills. It's apple and oranges, and each organization deserves every bit of money available.

The final moments are happy ones, as the host shows up with an unexpected check for the people who run the organization. They weep and smile and are immensely grateful. It's a good reminder for all of us that sometimes good things do happen to good people.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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