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KISS’ Gene Simmons Brings African Foster Son to U.S. For Surgery

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KISSGene Simmons has been a supporter of the charity Child Fund for several years. Viewers of his reality show Family Jewels may recall that in 2012’s final season Simmons and his wife Shannon Tweed took a trip to Africa to visit some of the children they sponsor.

According to KSHE, earlier this month one of those children was brought to Los Angeles to undergo leg surgery. Simmons says they are hosting his foster son Zinnah Sambolah while he is in the U.S.

“Zinnah is from Liberia – he comes from a village of 200 people,” Simmons says. “And we do a lot of charity work and Zinnah is staying with us for the whole month while he gets his operations to get his legs in shape. covers the operations and the flights … look, we can all do more, especially if it doesn’t affect our lifestyles. So if you’re sitting at home and you got a few extra bucks in your pocket, you know what to do. You know how to make God smile. Come on.”

Simmons sponsors more than 1500 kids, and urges others to get involved as well: “I had to do this because children are our future. The next great mind or humanitarian could come from Africa. Because children are our responsibility, I urge you to do something. Pick up the phone and call Child Fund, or another charity organization and find out what you can do. You will make all the difference to a child far, far away — whose dreams are every bit as important as your child’s dreams.”

Simmons has been involved with many other charitable causes as well. Earlier this year he flew to Las Vegas and visited a critically ill 17 year old fan who wanted to meet him. The boy passed away a couple of days later.

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