Were you watching NBC last week?

Braeden Mannering and Minnie Driver

Me and Minnie Driver

Before I even start, thank you to NBC Universal and thank you to Mazda USA for creating the #MazdaDrive4Good contest to bring attention to people in the nation who are doing good things in their communities. Thank you to actress/singer Minnie Driver for being part of the excitement. I have not been allowed to talk about this but now I can. I won the Drive 4 Good contest and my family got to attend and be featured on the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting last week and then I also got to be on the Today Show. Mazda is going to give $30,000 worth of goods and services to 3B Brae’s Brown Bags!

It all started the week before Thanksgiving when my Mom got the phone call from Ms. Rayna and Mr. Adam who work for NBC.

Me and Director Adam Reid

Me and Director Adam Reid

They came out to our house with like 40 people! There were lots of lights and cameras and they even had a motor home for actors and they had food for everyone.

Minnie Driver came to my house. I knew her because I watch her new show About A Boy but my Mom says she is in a lot of great movies, too. She’s really pretty and she’s really very nice. Did you know her real name is Amelia? That is my sister’s name, too.

My family and I with Al Roker and Jim O'Sullivan CEO of Mazda at the tree lighting

My family and I with Al Roker and Jim O’Sullivan CEO of Mazda at the tree lighting

The people from NBC brought Christmas decorations and we have two Christmas trees in our house now. People from Mazda were there and they were all really nice. It was a long day and it was a lot of work.

They filmed for a long time and then it got turned into a 90-second commercial which they showed on TV after introducing us in the tree lighting show on TV!

The tree lighting in New York was really cool. It was a long day but really nice people hung out with us. Ms. Meghan and Ms. Jessie and T. Cooper did our makeup and hair. The tree is HUGE! It’s 85-feet tall and the star on the top is bigger than me!

Al Roker interviewed me and my Mom on the Today Show. That also happened very fast and it was early in the morning so we were tired. I think I did good, my Mom said I could not have answered the questions better than I did which makes me feel good.

My Mom, me and Al Roker on the Today Show

My Mom, me and Al Roker on the Today Show

I can’t believe it!

Since all this happened I have had so many nice emails and Facebook messages and Tweets to my Twitter account. People are all wanting to help me and to help expand 3B to other places. We’re really going to be able to help more people! Isn’t it great! I just know that this means that 2015 is going to be an even better year and more people will get access to the healthy food they need and deserve!

I’m so happy! Thank you everyone! We really, really are going to change the world.

You know my Mom told Mr. Adam that one of the best things about all of 3B has been seeing it spread and help others. She says when you throw a pebble into the water the ripples can spread out all the way across a pond, she is humbled to see the ripple effect that 3B is causing and she’s so proud to know that I’m the pebble.

5 thoughts on “Were you watching NBC last week?

  1. Congratulations Braeden! It was such an honor getting to meet and spend time with you and your family. You’re truly an inspiration to all of us. Keep it up because it’s people like you who will change the world 🙂

  2. The past few weeks have been among the most exciting of my life. Brae you have taken your family on a very exciting “ride” with your many awards and contest wins. The Mazda Drive for Good contest has been so awesome for many reasons. Your winnings of $30,000 in goods and services will let you help so many people. I was so very impressed with Mazda and NBC. Definitely class acts. They treated you and your family like royalty. I plan to give them both my business in the future. Hopefully, Pop pop and I will have a red Mazda in our driveway in the near future. And Minnie Driver…where do I begin. I was thrilled to meet her. She is so sweet and I love her show About a Boy. Will now be a fan and follower of hers for many, many years to come. So PROUD of you Brae. Your hard work has certainly paid off.

  3. Exciting to watch you last week on national television & exciting EVERY day I have the pleasure to work with your lovely mom. Helena is pleased to be a 3B volunteer and the Friendship House supporting the Clothing Bank of Delaware received today a delivery of scarves, hats, gloves so lovingly created. Congratulations, Braeden!

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