“‘Give’ is a song with a message about how if we want love, kindness and happiness in our lives, then we need to give some of that back,” LeAnn says. “I believe that message needs to be shared with the world.”
LeAnn wanted to create a video for the song that that tied into its message, and raised awareness of an issue that is very important to her — homeless teens across America.
Sadly, 13 homeless kids die on the street every day. In Chicago alone, where the video was filmed on location with youth there, there are approximately 25,000 homeless youth. For the video, LeAnn partnered with StandUp For Kids who’s mission is to help homeless and street kids. Every day, in cities across the country, their volunteers go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. The video includes several teens participating from Chicago’s own StandUp For Kids program.
“My life is forever changed from this experience,” shares LeAnn. “One thing they all said to me is no one looks them in the eye when they see them on the streets, so there’s a deep loneliness there and a feeling of almost not existing. I will now always look anyone who’s homeless in the eye and smile. That smile could make their whole day.”