Mariah Carey inspires young people and their holiday dreams

Mariah Carey is back on her annual Christmas run, but this year it’s coming with gifts and food.

Carey and McDonald’s are partnering to give away free food every day from Dec. 14 through Christmas Day. The fast-food giant’s “Mariah Menu,” offers treats such as Big Macs, cheeseburgers,  apple pies, and more with a $1 purchase.


Through the giving program, Carey is reminded of her own meager childhood and what’s it’s like not to have much at the holdiays.

The singer talked to rolling out about how her success might inspire kids offered words of encouragement to young girls and the spirit of the season.


Did you ever imagine you’d be able to give gifts on such a large scale to needy individuals? 

Actually, no. People asked me “did you believe that you would be successful,” and that you would realize your dreams. And I wrote “I’ve realized a dream,” for “Vision of Love,” but I didn’t know this level of stuff.

When I was a kid, we barely had anything. So a lot of times my refrigerator was empty. That sounds like I’m making it up, but it’s true. I wrote about it in my memoir that I collaborated on with Ms. Mikayla Angela Davis. And we really got into that part, the childhood part, the childhood of the little girl that nobody understood. I don’t want to get emotional, but that’s what it is. Looking at it now going “oh my gosh, it’s the Mariah Menu” is kind of a big deal. And I would hope that it can help other girls, other boys, or whoever.

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