Ellen Surprises ‘Champions of Change,’ The West Family

Ellen Surprises ‘Champions of Change,’ The West Family


Last week, we announced our
partnership with Cheerios to inspire one
million acts of good. And when I heard about an
incredible family in Rochester, New York who’s doing
exactly that, I knew I wanted to do something
good for them. That is Olivia and Norm West
and their three kids, Jeremiah, Joshua, and Jordan. And we have– it’s amazing. They’ve been taking
it upon themselves to help the homeless
in their area. And the impact that they
have had is amazing. So I sent Jeannie to Rochester
to help surprise them. She’s outside their
house right now. Jeannie? [APPLAUSE] All right. The Wests are expecting
a delivery from our show. So I’m going to call Olivia
to see if they know that– this phone is going
to break down one day. [LAUGHTER] OK. It looks beautiful there. It’s beautiful here. Good evening. This is Olivia. Hello, Olivia. Are you expecting a package
from the Ellen DeGeneres Show? Are we– some goodies. [INAUDIBLE] said she was
going to send us some goodies. Yes– Is this Ellen? [SCREAMING] Yes, it is. Are you expecting
something at your door? [APPLAUSE] OK. So– Hi. No, this is very exciting. This is why we’re here, because
I love what you’re doing. I heard that you’re
helping the homeless, and it was your kids’ idea. Joshua, tell us how Champions
of Change came about please. So we– and my dad went to
New York for a business trip. And– oh, my gosh. My mom took us sightseeing. And as we were walking down the
streets, we saw a homeless man. My mom– we went to our
mom, and we were like, should we give him money? But then she suggests that
we should give him food. And that’s how it all started? And that’s how it all started. That’s how it all started! So Olivia, what kinds of things
are you doing every year? We have a homeless
Christmas party. And we have a Feed a
Family for Thanksgiving. And we even take foster girls
to become princess for a day to Disney. That’s amazing. And giving back to the homeless
is especially important to you. Tell me why. There are several
Thanksgivings where we had to have Thanksgiving
baskets delivered to our house, because we didn’t have food. So this is like a
really personal thing that we wanted to teach
and instill in our kids about giving back. And like your dad has been here. Your dad has been the recipient
of a lot of these blessings from other people, so we want to
just reciprocate that and pass that on. [APPLAUSE] That’s beautiful. This is exactly what we’re
talking about– doing good. I saw a picture of Jordan
in the back of the car. She looks adorable. Hi, Jordan. There’s a lot of stuff
back there squeezed in. All right. So I love what you’re doing. I’m going to give you a
chance to win a big prize. So there’s something called
the Cheerio Challenge, where the goal is to stack
as many Cheerios on your face as possible. Do you know about this? Like you have to stack
them on top of each other. So a little later in the show– it’s best to do it
to a sleeping baby. I’m going to give you 60 seconds
to stack together 10 Cheerios on one of your faces. So choose who’s going to get the
Cheerios stacked on their face. And you’ll be able to win
a prize if you do that. We’ll be back with you
a little later, OK? We’re back with the West family. And they’re about to take
on the Cheerio Challenge. If they can work together
to stack 10 Cheerios on their face in
60 seconds, they’re going to win a big prize. Are you ready? Is someone going to lay down? You’re going to– how
are you going to do this? Get ready? All right. Go. [MUSIC PLAYING] They’ve got to be one
on top of the other. One on top of the other. [INAUDIBLE] That one’s on. Argh! Gotta be one on
top of the other. Start a new foundation. Start a new foundation, OK. Don’t move, Jordan. Jordan, don’t move. Let daddy do it. Let daddy do it. He has a steady hand. Cheer daddy. Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Go, daddy, go! Oh, no. [BUZZER] That’s a shame. All right. Well, boy, OK. That was so close. You kind of started getting
the knack of it at the end. That is a shame, because
my friends at Cheerios and I wanted to give you
a brand new 2018 Chevy Traverse so you could keep
helping the community. And that is a shame. But OK, anyway, I’ll
give it to you anyway. [CHEERING] All right. One more thing. One more thing. We have filled the new car
with 200 boxes of Cheerios for you to donate to the
local homeless shelters. You can participate in our
one million acts of good. Go to our website. Tell us your story
and what you’re doing. I want everybody to do
something like this.

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