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How Hollywood Gives Back
Whether Putting on Plays or Serving Hot Meals, These Stars Step Up and Help Out
The Closer star took 25 kids on a $5,000 shopping trip last year to Toys "R" Us for the annual Angelwish Giving Spree. All presents purchased were sent across the country to hundreds of children living with HIV/AIDS.
EVA MENDES and KIRSTEN DUNST
Mendes and Dunst (who also played Mrs. Claus on year, inset) have taken part in the annual Christmas play run by the Art of Elysium, a nonprofit that provides artistic workshops for kids living with serious medical conditions.
ALI LANDRY and MELISSA JOAN HART
The two actresses helped put the finishing touches on presents for L.A. foster kids at the Wrapped with a Bow event benefiting the Jayneoni Moore Children's Fund last December.
THEY HELP SERVE MEALS
In 2008 she handed out snacks at a Harlem school as part of Feeding America's Kids Cafe program, which provides free food to kids in low-income communities.
The supermodel dished out Thanksgiving dessert to the needy in Boston in 2008.
At an L.A. mission, the model turned furniture designer plated meals for the homeless last year.
YOU CAN GIVE BACK
Take seniors shopping. The deputies of the Hampton, Va., sheriff's office take about 15 seniors out to lunch and to the mall so they can buy gifts for their families.
Help animals get adopted. Abby Dunnam, 11, and her mom, Kim, set up trees in stores throughout Pauls Valley, Okla., with photo ornaments of animals up for adoption at the local animal shelter.
Plan a movie screening. Virginia's Schuyler County Task Force on Child Abuse buddied up with a theater and organized a free showing of Bolt for the community.
Deliver Christmas trees. Ryan Behm of Fort Collins, Colo., organizes volunteers to cut, deliver and decorate trees for needy families. When the lights go on, "there's not a dry eye," he says.
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