The two actresses have organized a movement in which stars will read books on social media to raise money for children that don’t have access to meals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jennifer Garner explained how she and Amy Adams came up with their #SaveWithStories charitable initiative on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show: At Home Edition.
After Jimmy Fallon told some coronavirus-inspired jokes on his front porch, Garner called in to talk about the effort. Working with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, Garner, Adams and other stars are reading stories on social media to raise money for children that don’t have access to meals during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Amy called me Friday night and she said, ‘I want to do something to help feed kids who are stranded with school closures.’ Cause you, you know, between 25 and 30 million in the United States rely on school for food and free and reduced breakfast, lunches, backpack programs,” she said.
Garner shared that she recently visited a school in Kentucky with Save the Children. “They opened their lunch at the end of the school day and kids take home cartons of food,” she explained. “What’s happening with those families, as well as kids in urban settings? And I said, ‘Okay, if you really want to do this, let’s do it.’ It’s been non-stop since then and really great.”
“It’s great to have a purpose right now,” she added.
A number of stars have volunteered to read books as part of the initiative, including Fallon and Reese Witherspoon.
“People I have never met before — our community — is just so generous and so just, ‘How can I help? What can I do?'” said Garner.
The actress later shared how she is spending her time social distancing. After saying that she has been video calling her parents and sister each night, Garner said that she has also spent her free time cooking.
“It’s actually been totally fine for me. We have a job to do. We’re doing it, which is to stay home. We’re flattening that curve,” she said.
Fallon concluded the interview by asking Garner to perform a song on the saxophone, which she played in high school.
At Fallon’s request for her to perform a “hand-washing song,” Garner broke out into a performance of “Happy Birthday” as Fallon sang coronavirus-inspired lyrics.
“Happy birthday, wash your hands/ Happy birthday, wash your hands,” he sang. “Wash your hands and don’t touch your face.”
Watch the full episode below.
Today highlights the work that Jennifer did to help victims of the recent hurricanes.
At an Orlando, Florida, middle school being used as a shelter during Hurricane Irma, Kristen Bell gave an impromptu performance to lift spirits. Meanwhile, Jennifer Garner visited a Save the Children facility in Houston to lend a hand to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Kathie Lee and Hoda give both actresses a thumbs up!
Jennifer shares how honored she was to be recognized with Access Hollywood.
At the fifth annual Baby2Baby Gala, Jennifer Garner talks to Access Hollywood and shares how she feels about being honored at the event.
E!Online shares the exciting news that Jennifer will be honored at this year’s Baby2Baby Gala!
Major A-listers are going to be attending the 5th annual Baby2Baby Gala in honor of one of their dearest friends.
This year the event will be honoring Jennifer Garner, who will be receiving the Baby2Baby Giving Tree Award for her support and ongoing dedication to children in need around the world. Over the past two years, Garner has helped Baby2Baby distribute 5 million diapers to the low-income children the organization serves.
Supporting Garner at the event will be Julie Bowen, Selma Blair and Rachel Zoe.
Other attendees include J.J. Abrams, Michelle Monaghan, Jordana Brewster, Busy Philipps, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jaime King, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart and Soleil Moon Frye.
Baby2Baby, along with sponsor John Paul Mitchell Systems, will host the 5th Annual Baby2Baby Gala.
Baby2Baby co-presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein said the first name that popped in their minds for the award was none other than Garner.
“We are so proud to honor Jennifer for her commitment to supporting low-income children” Patricof and Weinstein said in a statement. “She is quite possibly the biggest advocate for these issues we have ever come across.”
“She has worked tirelessly for seven years to help combat children’s poverty through education and leadership,” they continued. “Just this past year, she helped us secure over 2 million diapers to distribute to the families in our program across the country. We are beyond grateful for her immeasurable contributions to children all over the world and to the children of Baby2Baby.”
Garner joins previous winners including Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore and Kate Hudson.
This past weekend along with Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Courtney Cox and others she walked in the ALS Association Golden West Chapter Los Angeles County Walk To Defeat ALS in support of publicist Nanci Ryder. I have added images from this awesome event to the gallery.
To learn more about this illness and what you can do to help go to alsa.org.
Veteran publicist Nanci Ryder saw a strong showing of support for her third outing at Sunday’s L.A. County Walk to Defeat ALS hosted by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. Of the outpouring, she told THR: “Lot of love. Lot of support. Cause for a cure.”
In a sea of approximately 2000 participants and volunteers at Sunday’s Walk to Defeat ALS, Team Nanci members were easy to locate.
Gathered in clusters near the VIP tent at the walk’s starting location — Exposition Park in downtown L.A. near the USC campus — one could spot the famous faces, high-profile agents and managers, and more than a handful of power publicists who all turned out for veteran publicist and BWR Public Relations co-founder Nanci Ryder. Every last supporter of Ryder, making her third appearance at the Walk since being diagnosed with ALS in 2014, sported a red rose-colored T-shirt topped with capital letters spelling out “Team Nanci.” Or rather, like this: “TEAM NANCI.”
Their boldness proved to be more than a fashion statement, something evidenced by that VIP tent, which happened to be a bonus treat awarded to the team that raised the most amount of money for the organization. (Inside, coffee, pastries and cookies got walkers energized for the start.) This year, the 15th annual L.A. County Walk hosted by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, Team Nanci came out on top again with a whopping $128,883 raised as of press time on Monday afternoon. (By comparison, the closest team came in with $26,000.)
But this isn’t a competition, it’s a race for a cure to help the thousands living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Many of Team Nanci attendees were quick to point out that their presence at the Sunday morning walk was simply to show Ryder how much they love and support her, and to show the world how their hope aligns with hers in finding a treatment for the progressive, and always fatal, neurodegenerative disease.
According the ALS Association, approximately 6,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. Life expectancy ranges from 2-5 years, though some people are known to live longer, even if the quality of life is questionable. People with ALS lose the ability to move, speak, swallow, and eventually, to breathe, while their senses and awareness remain in tact. There is no known cure, which makes fundraising and research that much more important, a fact Ryder’s friends know well.
“Like so many people out here today, I’m looking to follow the puzzle pieces that are coming together until there’s a cure ultimately,” said Renee Zellweger, Ryder’s longtime friend and former client. “Each little bit of new information brings a little more hope. There’s a lot of research that is going on, even internationally, and with all the funds that are raised, it still so elusive.”
But Zellweger said what isn’t slippery is her determination to stand up for Ryder and be a voice, along with all of her friends, to garner attention and funds as they look forward to new research and clinical trials. Zellweger joined Reese Witherspoon, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Garner in rallying Team Nanci members, of which there were close to 100 strong. Ryder herself looked pleased with the turnout, greeting friends from a wheelchair, her newest accessory, and posing for photographs on the park lawn. (One of her favorite pals also roamed around — a Golden Retriever named Jack Maffei, the dog belonging to close friends and Team Nanci stalwarts Tom and Kathy Maffei, who were also there.)
Other supporters included agents (CAA’s Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane), managers (Management 360’s Evelyn O’Neill and Nicole King, and The Creed Co.’s Brandon Creed), plenty of power publicists (Wolf Kasteler’s Lisa Kasteler; Viewpoint’s Melissa Kates and Jennifer Allen; 42 West’s Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson; PMK*BNC’s Danica Smith; BWR’s Paul Baker, Larry Winokur, and Brett Ruttenberg, and more), and friends like veteran photographer Jeff Vespa and publicist wife Emily Yomtobian (with daughter Genevieve), Peter Horton, Lawrence and Gregory Zarian, Shannon Rotenberg and Blaine Lourd.
As most of you are aware Jennifer is from the state of West Virginia where recently there has been flash flooding which has impacted many of the state’s residents. Jennifer has designed a shirt to help raise funds for Save the Children to help reach out to those effected. Get your own shirt by clicking this link and ordering one!
Here is an article from People where Jennifer shared her thoughts.
Jennifer Garner is doing everything she can to help flood victims in her home state of West Virginia.
The actress, 44, and Save the Children, for which she is a trustee and longtime supporter, have launched an Omaze t-shirt campaign to raise funds for recovery efforts after historic flash flooding in late June that left 23 people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes.
The actress tells PEOPLE that she first started to realize how bad the situation was while she was on the phone with her mom, Patricia, who still lives in the state. “She pulled to the side of the road because she couldn’t see,” the actress recalls. “She said, ‘This rain has been so intense, it just won’t stop.”
A state of emergency was declared in 44 of the state’s 55 counties on June 24 after the flash floods and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the flooding was “among the worst in a century for some parts of the state.” Garner, whose family was not impacted, and Save the Children immediately started relief efforts to aid victims.
“I’m so proud of the disaster relief response,” the actress says. “Passing out supplies needed, like clothes for babies, diapers, toiletries. Whatever is needed, we do our best to get for them.”
Another emotional component Save the Children offers is to provide a safe place for parents to take their kids. “There are counselors who will play with them and they can address any trauma they’ve been through,” Garner adds. “Kids come in and talk about what they’ve seen while they are playing. Which also gives the parents time and freedom to do what they need to do to figure out their life. It’s especially devastating because so many are living paycheck to paycheck and don’t have flood insurance.”
Every t-shirt, which reads “West Virginia Strong” amid an icon of mountains, benefits Save the Children, which serves families in five West Virginia counties through health, early education and after-school programs. “I wanted it to have mountains to show the deep strength of the people in the state,” Garner says. “This is what Save the Children is about. To go to where people are having a really rough time and help.”
West Virginia has also become a special place for Garner’s three kids, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4. “At the end of summer, their friends talk about what beautiful vacations they’ve taken and my kids have too but what they’ll almost always say is, ‘This summer I went to West Virginia.’ And that makes me so happy,” the actress says. “When you’re there, you understand. The pace is more forgiving, the air is beautiful, there are fireflies at night. It’s different from what we have in L.A. They are very proud of those roots.”
A 9-year-old Athens boy had the chance to meet one of his favorite celebrities while undergoing chemotherapy in Atlanta.
It was last Thanksgiving that the Shepherd family found out their son Henry had Osteosarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer that begins in the cells that form your bones. It started with knee pain.
Following the diagnosis, Henry began aggressive chemotherapy at Scottish Rite in Atlanta.
The Shepherd family said Henry has been in and out of the hospital since December of 2014. He is admitted for every chemo treatment and has had 17 treatments so far. His final treatment is this Friday.
In March, Henry also had surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his right femur in Gainesville, Florida. His foot was removed from his leg during this surgery and rotated 180 degrees. The remaining portion of his tibia was attached to the remaining femur which allows his ankle to function as his knee.
The advantage of Rotationplasty is that he will have a “knee” to allow for better control versus a prosthetic leg, according to his family.
On Sunday, as Henry was getting his second-to-last chemo treatment, a very special visitor stopped by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite… Actress Jennifer Garner!
Garner has been filming Miracles from Heaven in Atlanta, which is set to release in 2016. The movie is about a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder. It’s based on the book Three Miracles From Heaven which was written by Christy Beam.
Garner, along with actress Kylie Rogers who is also in the movie, decided to visit some of the children at Scottish Rite. They stopped by Henry’s room and chatted with him, and Henry’s twin sister, for about ten minutes.
Henry’s mom, Carrie Shepherd, said Garner was “genuinely nice.” She also said Henry is a huge fan of Garner’s movie Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day and knew who she was right away.
We learned about Henry’s story through photographer Brandy Angel, who we recently interviewed. Angel is dedicated to helping others and has photographed many families in need of kidneys or any sort of help.
“I love people. That’s what I do,” said Angel. “I feel like everybody deserves compassion and help because we are all at that position at some point in time in our life.”
More talent is coming on board for NBC’s Red Nose Day fundraiser.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and actresses Jennifer Garner, Elisabeth Moss and Michelle Rodriguez will take part in the three-hour charity event (Thursday, 8 p.m, ET/PT), according to an announcement made Monday.
Red Nose Day, which has been a longtime popular event in the United Kingdom, is making its debut in the United States. The charity event has raised more than $1 billion over 30 years.
The NBC show will feature comedy and musical performances and videos produced by Funny or Die, along with short appeals films featuring stars traveling around the U.S. and the world to highlight children in need. Rodriguez, who went to Peru to meet children who have to work to survive, looked at education projects there that are helping them.
More than 70 celebrities are participating, including Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell, Adam Levine, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Kendrick and Simon Cowell.
In conjunction with Mother’s Day, Moms +SocialGood is a one-day event dedicated to the power of mothers and families to create a better future for their communities.
We’ll draw attention to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children, and put moms and dads at the forefront of the discussion on how to tackle these issues.
This event connects parents to each other, to leading experts, and to a global audience, leveraging the power of social media, so anyone, anywhere, will be able to join the conversation and take action.
This global summit will unite a global parenting community to answer one question:
What kind of world do we want for our families by 2030?
Jennifer Garner, Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, Anne Geddes, David Muir, Her Excellency Toyin Saraki, and many more.
Tickets on sale now
May 1, 2015 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Doors open at 9 a.m.
$35 each – includes a light breakfast and networking lunch
All ticket proceeds will go directly to these four initiatives, which are improving the health and
wellbeing of women and children around the world:
MAMA, Shot@Life, Girl Up, and UNICEF’s Ethiopia NICU project