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Shining Stars 2010 via [InStyle]

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Christina Aguilera & World Food Programme

2010 Shining Stars - Christina Aguilera & World Food Programme
Courtesy WFP/Rein Skukkerud, KYLE ROVER/startraksphoto.com

Christina says: “After I became a mom, I felt passionate about the fact that no child should go hungry. Food is not a luxury. This year, I became an ambassador for the United Nations‘ World Food Programme, which helps feed people in need and supports their self-sustainability around the world.”

Learn More: Learn what $1 a day can buy for a hungry child at fromhungertohope.com.

Go Social: Follow World Food Programme on Twitter and Facebook

Matt Damon & Water.org

2010 Shining Stars - Matt Damon & Water.org
Courtesy Water.org, Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Matt says: “We work with communities in developing countries to help them fund, design, and build their own water-supply systems. In the end it’s a really easy solution-but one that makes an incalculable amount of difference.”

Learn More: Visit water.org to donate, sign up for monthly updates, and learn how to spread the word about the global water crisis.

Go Social: Follow water.org on Twitter and Facebook

Ashton Kutcher & the DNA Foundation

Ashton says: “We formed DNA—which stands for Demi and Ashton—with the goal of eliminating sex slavery worldwide but first and foremost right here in the U.S. Our new Real Men awareness campaign takes aim at the people who support the slave trade: Because really, real men don’t buy girls.”

Learn More: Visit demiandashton.org to donate, write to your local elected officials, and volunteer to become a part of the DNA Advocacy Team.

Go Social: Follow the DNA Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.

Julianna Margulies & Project A.L.S.

2010 Shining Stars - Julianna Margulies & Project A.L.S.

Juliana says: “My friend Jenifer Estess, a theater producer, was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease ALS when she was 35. Jenifer and her sisters began Project A.L.S. in order to help further the cause of stem-cell research, and I believe it’s vital to finding a cure. So far we’ve had great success.”

Learn More: Visit projectals.org to donate, volunteer, or to learn how to host a fundraiser in your area.

Go Social: Follow Project A.L.S. on Twitter and Facebook.

Hugh Jackman & World Vision

2010 Shining Stars - Hugh Jackman & World Vision
Courtesy World Vision, James Devaney/WireImage

Hugh says: “I’ve traveled with World Vision to Cambodia and Ethiopia. We encourage self-sufficiency by teaching people about microfinance and technology. When you give people the ability to help themselves, you make them feel like a worthy investment, and so they become one.”

Learn More: Visit worldvision.com to donate and sign up for updates on Hugh Jackman’s trips and the organization’s efforts around the world.

GO SOCIAL : Follow World Vision on Twitter
and Facebook

Taylor Swift & Musicares: Nashville Flood Relief Fund

2010 Shining Stars - Taylor Swift & Musicares: Nashville Flood Relief Fund

Taylor says: “Nashville is the town I love the most in the world, and when the floods hit in May, many people in my community experienced significant loss. [The city] has recovered in the most incredible way, but there are still people here who are struggling to put their lives back together. I know we’ll get there, but it’ll take time.”

Learn More: Visit grammy.com/musicares to donate or learn how to throw a fundraiser in your area.

John Legend & Harlem Village Academies

2010 Shining Stars - John Legend & Harlem Village Academies
Courtesy Harlem Village Academies, Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup
John says: “I work to raise funds for Harlem Village and schools like it, and most important, I mentor kids. I tell people: Find a school in your community and decide that those kids are not just somebody else’s kids. They belong to all of us.” 

Learn More: Visit harlemvillageacademies.org for more information on teaching and volunteer opportunities and corporate matching programs.

Giving Back: InStyle’s Shining Stars via [instyle]

In Style‘s Shining Stars

Ali Larter

HER PASSION: THE ART OF ELYSIUM
“At Art of Elysium we work with kids of all ages. From cancer to pneumonia, their conditions vary. You don’t know if they are ever going to get to leave the hospital. Art of Elysium takes actors and artists and pairs them with the children. My first visit was two years ago, and the program keeps growing. We go into various hospitals to read books, play with toys, do different art projects, sometimes just sit with the children and hold their hands. One kid said, ‘I kind of want to talk about Heroes,’ and so I hung out with him and chatted. It’s not changing the world, but it is bringing children a moment of peace.”

Shining Stars 2008, Ali Larter

Alex Cayley

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Donate art supplies, costumes, musical instruments or children’s books. A $30 donation will fund a creative arts workshop for one child. To learn more, visit theartofelysium.org.

Orlando Bloom

HIS PASSION: UNICEF
“As an ambassador for Unicef, I’m a voice for children without basic necessities we take for granted—safe drinking water, electricity, a roof over our heads. It’s heart-wrenching. I’ve traveled to Nepal, and it’s incredible to see what a huge impact the fund has on communities there. I met a 6-year-old named Rita who used to spend half of her day collecting water for her family. The water is not clean, so in these environments an intestinal problem can be a killer for kids. A simple tap, which costs about $20, can provide water to the whole community—for life! Now instead of collecting water all day, Rita can go to school and have the possibility of a better life.”

Shining Stars 2008, Orlando Bloom

Alex Cayley

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Donate online at unicef.org, or purchase Unicef items, such as holiday cards, stationery and toys.

Tyra Banks

HER PASSION: THE TZONE FOUNDATION
“When I was young, I went through a very insecure time in my life. No matter how much self-esteem I have now, that girl still lives inside of me. Because of my struggle, I always felt that I had a calling to work with teens. There are so many pressures that come with being a girl, and I want to give young women the strength to succeed in our society in which there are so many difficult images to live up to. In 1999 I started TZone and took a group of girls for a weeklong camping trip in the mountains outside of L.A. In 2004 TZone became a national public foundation. We look for community-based organizations that encourage girls to be leaders, not followers. It gives me pleasure to help other people’s dreams come true.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO: To donate, visit tzonefoundation.org.

Don Cheadle

HIS PASSION: COLLEGE SUMMIT
“A friend in the admissions office at Yale created this program where high school counselors identify students who have potential but risk falling through the cracks. For many of those who come from broken homes or are being seduced by gangs, a college education would be hopeless if not for this program. College Summit teaches them how to write their admissions essays during an intensive camp. I’ve been a writing coach there for two years. On the final night of camp, the kids often stay up all night reading each other’s essays. And that is what you see: It becomes viral, and they start to take ownership and pride. Very few people in the past have pointed to them and said, ‘Wow, you are an exceptional person.'”

Shining Stars 2008, Don Cheadle

Alex Cayley

WHAT YOU CAN DO: A donation of $50 sponsors a student for one month, and College Summit matches all donations through December 31. To learn more, visit collegesummit.org.

Jenny McCarthy

HER PASSION: GENERATION RESCUE
“When my son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005, I found Generation Rescue, where parents teach other parents about effective biomedical treatments—diet, vitamins, detox, cleansing. Evan is now 6, and I consider him recovered. When he improved, I started writing (Louder Than Words and Mother Warriors) to show the world how I did it, my way of paying it forward. Every day the organization is out there raising awareness, teaching parents, and building an online resource for pediatricians who are looking for alternative treatments for autism. Sometimes I’m on the phone all day, coaching a new mom or figuring out a campaign. It is just what I’m supposed to do.”
Shining Stars 2008, Jenny McCarthy

Alex Cayley

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Become a Rescue Angel and volunteer to help parents of autistic children, or make a donation at generationrescue.org.



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