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(NEW YORK) -- This Sunday, Mother's Day, Nick Cannon will be celebrating his wife, Mariah Carey, the mother of his twins Monroe and Moroccan. But on Saturday, he's asking everyone to join together to think of those less fortunate.
As the spokesperson for the charity Feeding America, Nick is participating in Stamp Out Hunger, the nation's largest single-day food drive. It happens this Saturday, May 10, and all you need to do to participate is to put canned goods and other non-perishable food items out by your mailbox. Your mailperson will then pick up your donation and give it to Feeding America, which will distribute it to its national network of food banks. Last year, more than 70 million pounds of food was collected nationwide.
"We all have extra canned goods just laying around that sometime take up space or we don't know what to do with," the America's Got Talent host told ABC News. "This is that opportunity for us to give what we can. And we don't have to worry about driving it anywhere, dropping it off or finding a location. You just leave it right outside your mailbox, and your letter carrier can do the rest." To get more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
Nick's been involved with the program for a while, and he says hunger is a cause that's hits very close to home. "I grew up in a low income environment, and everything from government assistance to food banks helped feed me and my family from time to time," he told ABC News. "So I know what its like to be on the receiving end during times of need. I always say it's like full circle for me."
The entertainer says that he's trying to teach his twins, who just turned three, the importance of giving back as well.
"I'm really, even as of right now, am trying to instill and establish the power of giving and how much more important it truly is to give than to receive," he says. "And to let them know how truly blessed they are to be in the position that they are in...It's interesting that even at three years old, I feel like they understand that concept. So I feel like it's my duty to show them the privilege of giving back, and how much joy it brings to your soul."
Speaking of giving, Nick will be giving out presents galore this Mother's Day, and not just to Mariah. "I'll be celebrating all my different mothers in my life," he said to ABC News, "From my wife, to my own mother, to my grandmother, who actually helped raise me, to even my 94-year-old great-grandmother! So I got quite a few moms I get to celebrate."
And after that, Nick says he hopes to be finished buying gifts for a while. In the last few months, he had his and Mariah's anniversary, the twins' birthday, Mariah's birthday and his mom's birthday.
"The first five and a half months of the year are always the toughest on me...I'm just buying presents every week for a different occasion!" he laughs. "So after this, I get to chill until Christmas!"
Later this month, Mariah will deliver a gift of her own: her brand new album Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse. Nick says of the disc, "It's amazing: a masterpiece."
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