A Charitable Heart

Jennifer has a kind heart and has donated her time and name to many worthwhile organizations. I would like to highlight some of those here. Learn more about the projects that are close to Jen’s heart.

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.

To learn more go to:
http://www.savethechildren.org

 
Children’s Defense Fund

In May of 2006, Jennifer joined a delegation of prominent Hollywood women including Reese Witherspoon, Cicely Tyson, Holly Robinson Peete, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Regina King, Deborah Santana, and over a dozen other prominent entertainment, cultural, media, and community leaders, in a trip to New Orleans for a Katrina Child Watch visit sponsored by Children’s Defense Fund.

The delegation began by meeting with children and parents at the opening of the first of thirteen planned CDF Freedom SchoolsSM sites in Louisiana to provide children summer educational and cultural enrichment and mental health and health supports. Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson movingly read a children’s book during Harambee time after the children did joyful Freedom School chants. At the end, the children gave a rousing performance of “Something Inside So Strong,” a Freedom School theme song. The delegation later visited St. Roch Trailer Village, where we met with displaced families, heard about their challenges, and saw the dirt play space, activities and services for children and families, and cramped living space in tiny trailers. We also met with women leaders from Gulf Coast states under a big oak tree to hear more about the continuing struggles of Katrina’s families and communities.

A tour of the devastated Lower Ninth Ward that would rival most war zones in Iraq broke our hearts, as did the health center in a former Lord and Taylor’s store, where the valiant Charity Hospital doctors are providing care in unbelievably cramped quarters for patients after their historic facility closed. “I don’t think you get a real clear perspective unless you come down and see it,” Reese Witherspoon told an Associated Press reporter. “The children need attention right now.” Jennifer Garner summed up what many of the visitors felt when she told the reporter she had been “shocked and heartbroken” by the visit. You would be too.

To learn more go to:
http://www.childrensdefense.org

 
Gap: Red

Jennifer is one of the faces that graced the Gap ads promoting the Red campaign. Gap (Product) Red is about helping you make a difference in Africa. As a (product) Red partner, we’re contributing half the profits from Gap (Product) Red Products to the global fund, to help women and children affected by AIDS in Africa.

With 50% of the profits from sales of items going to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa, Gap (PRODUCT)RED is a new, limited edition collection of clothing and accessories for men and women. The collection, which is rooted in Gap’s iconic product categories such as t-shirts, hoodies, jeans, tote bags and more, features items – each badged with subtle yet distinct details inspired by (RED). The full Gap (PRODUCT)RED collection launched October 13 and is available exclusively in select Gap adult stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Japan and online in the United States at gap.com/RED. In stores, the Gap (PRODUCT)RED collection is displayed in a distinct shop-in-shop boutique. One vintage-style T-shirt from the collection is being manufactured in Lesotho, a country in Africa, from 100% African cotton. The T-shirt is made for both women and men and will be available in red, as well as a range of other classic colors.

To learn more go to:
http://www.gap.com/RED
http://www.joinred.com

 
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Jennifer and Ben donated customized jeans to Bling your Blues. Proceeds from Bling your Blues will benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Throughout the summer months of 2006, J&Company has sent out a pair of jeans, along with crystals, paint pens, markers, studs, string, and patches, to some of the hottest celebrities all over the world. With the use of these products, each celebrity has customized their J&Company jeans, which will be auctioned off on eBay™ throughout the month of September 2006 in an event managed by Auction Cause, a leading online auction management agency.

100% of the proceeds from each celebrity jean will go directly to NCMEC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding missing children and preventing
child sexual exploitation.

To learn more go to:
http://www.missingkids.com

 
Unexpected Dreams: Songs From The Stars

Fourteen actors have contributed songs to an album benefitting the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music education programs. The album, “Unexpected Dreams: Songs From The Stars”.

The cd includes the following tracks:

1. Summertime — Scarlett Johansson
2. Sweetest Gift — Ewan McGregor
3. In My Daughter’s Eyes — Taraji P. Henson
4. My Heart Is So Full of You — Jennifer Garner
5. To Make You Feel My Love — Jeremy Irons
6. Goodnight My Angel — John Stamos
7. Little Child — Lucy Lawless
8. Wish Song — Marissa Jaret Winokur
9. Greatest Discovery — Eric McCormack
10. No One Is Alone — Victor Garber
11. Night Shift — Julia Louis-Dreyfus
12. Golden Slumbers — Nia Vardalos
13. Lullaby in Ragtime — John C. Reilly
14. Goodnight — Teri Hatcher

To order the cd go here:
Amazon.com