Celebrities Reach Out To Help Children

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Blair Underwood, Jason Alexander, Dave Koz, Nancy Kerrigan, Arthel Neville and Other Celebrities Support Love Our Children USA.

November marked the beginning of the seventh year for Love Our Children USA, who as the leading national voice for children that honors, respects and protects children, has garnered much support from the entertainment industry since its inception.

Love Our Children USA’s mission is to break the cycle of violence against children. In September, they established the Kids of Katrina Fund whereby kids affected by Katrina received direct help for their urgent and unmet needs.

Already familiar with the organization’s work, the entertainment community heard about the Kids of Katrina Fund and supported Love Our Children USA’s efforts in various ways.

Joining Kids of Katrina Fund supporters are Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Blair Underwood who is donating a portion of the proceeds of his book “Before I Got Here”, Arthel Neville who is obtaining donations through her Web site “Arthel’s Angels”, and Jason Alexander and Dave Koz who produced radio PSAs. The support of these altruistic celebrities has helped Love Our Children USA raise almost $200,000 for the Kids of Katrina.

To create further awareness about Love Our Children USA’s work, Nancy Kerrigan has taped a :30 PSA for television. And to help the organization for the holiday season, Frank Grillo of Prison Break is helping the organization to raise money through his Web site.

Many more in the entertainment community have rallied to help Love Our Children USA in its goal to protect America’s children and strengthen America’s families. Last February Mekhi Phifer represented Love Our Children USA on the Travel Channel's World Poker Tour's Hollywood Home Game and won $10,000 for the organization.

Others who have so generously supported Love Our Children USA through various efforts Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Lisa Kudrow, John Cusack, Sean Hayes, Sting, Beyonce, Phil Collins, Martina McBride, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Cindy Crawford, Tom Bergeron, Frederique Van Der Wal, LL Cool J, Mariska Hargitay, Kenny Loggins, Henry Winkler, Barry Manilow, Tony Danza, CBS-TV and many more.

Ross Ellis, Love Our Children USA founder and chief executive officer said “We are thrilled that the entertainment community supports our work. Celebrities and others in the entertainment industry are such an important part of helping us reach a wider audience which greatly strengthens the impact of our work. And we are delighted to welcome our to our Celebrity Board of Governors, Blair Underwood and Arthel Neville who join their prestigious peers Mario Batali, Tom Bergeron, Ashlie Brillault, Spencer Christian, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Melissa Etheridge, Frank Grillo, Nancy Kerrigan, Alex Kingston, Wendy Moniz, Mandy Moore, Naturally 7, Alan Thicke and Frederique Van Der Wal.”

Ellis added that “During the holiday season is a time when violence against children increases. It has already increased as a result of the stress and overwhelm of Katrina. With the help of the entertainment industry, we can give children a world where they are safe, nurtured, and loved …a world where their voices are not small, ignored and unheard. And together we can listen, .as we raise the volume, so that everyone hears their message … for Katrina’s Kids … for all of America’s Kids.”

To learn more about the organization and to make donations, please visit http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org or call 1.888.347.KIDS.

About Love Our Children USA

Love Our Children USA is the leading national nonprofit organization that honors, respects, and protects children. As a voice for children it celebrates them and the loving relationships we should have with them. Its mission is to break the cycle of violence against children. It works to enable child success by eliminating behaviors that keep children from reaching their potential. It redefines parenting by promoting positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, along with behaviors and prevention strategies through public education campaigns. Love Our Children USA works to empower and support children, teens, parents and families through information, resources, advocacy and online youth mentoring. Its goal is to protect America’s children and strengthen America’s families – its message is positive …one of prevention and hope.

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