Top 5 Celebrity Charity Hospital Visits
You don't know the name Jim Cummings, but you've heard his voice. Myself, he's the voice of Pyscrow and Bob the Killer Goldfish in Earthworm Jim, but he is best knows as the modern voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. There has not been a more wholesome and good-hearted profession since being a milkman in a 1950s television show, and finding out that Cummings is just as warm and generous as you'd expect probably isn't a surprise.
Cummings, like Perlman, got his start on his hospital charity work through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and makes many calls using his Winnie the Pooh voice to enchant kids on the other end of a telephone line. And brother, does he get some tearjerking results.
One child Cummings called was dying of cancer and hadn't laughed in six months. He had her giggling and smiling within seconds. Or then there's the autistic boy who asked Cummings to perform various characters for more than an hour. His mother later told Cummings that the boy had never spoken at such length in his entire life. One guy with a phone works more magic than the entire Harry Potter universe, and yet it's still not number one.
I was originally told this story by Stevie Jean Reed on the Punky Moms forum, and it is the greatest thing I have ever heard. I even wrote a song about it. I've spent the better part of four years trying to get it confirmed by Halford, but until he tells me different I am going to assume it is true.
In San Diego a friend of Reed's was working as a hairdresser, and he would regularly see Rob Halford walking back and forth in front of his shop during the day in a massive leather trenchcoat. One day, Reed's friend stopped Halford and asked him why he wore such a heavy coat in California weather.
Halford looked right, looked left, then opened his coat to reveal it was full to bursting of small stuffed animals. Apparently the bar that Halford favored down the street had a crane machine that he had become somewhat addicted to. Not to mention very good at. The problem was, once he was done he was left with a mound of cute stuffed animals, which a metal god really has no use for.
His answer was to hide the animals in his coat, walk past Reed's friend's shop, and anonymously donate them at the closest children's hospital.
Picture that. I mean really picture it. Rob Halford, the man who sang "Breaking the Law" and "Hellbent for Leather" stealing ninja-like through the streets of San Diego to leave something to cuddle with for sick kids. If that story doesn't restore you faith in humanity, then congratulations lizard-person on mastering the Internet.