Greetings from Wilmington, NC, where I'm shooting Sleepy Hollow. I'm having so much fun kickin it with my screen dad, Orlando Jones. (Still haven't met the Sin Eater.) Terrifying monsters aside, this article came out today in Horizon Travel and Lifestyle Magazine, an insert of the Wall Street Journal. Written by Billy Shore, the founder and CEO of Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry, the story reveals Jeff Bridges' efforts to end childhood hunger in America. As you know, I also support this very important cause. The story will be featured on the ABC Studio's outdoor screen in New York's Times Square Thanksgiving Week. Click here to read The Story of Hungry. Thanks, everyone!
Thanks so much to everyone who watched the Zodiak Media video to help raise $100K for Ubuntu Education Fund! It's going to help support a lot of kids from cradle to career.
On Saturday night, Ian Nelson, Jack Quaid and the winners of the Ubuntu Fund raffle joined me at WME's screening room to watch The Hunger Games. I am very thankful to Christiana Dover (@christianalove), the winner of the raffle, for her contributions to this cause. I'd like to thank everyone who supported Ubuntu by buying a raffle ticket. Every dollar counts, and together we were able to raise over $900! This money will go towards the Ubuntu Center in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where it will be used to provide care for the kids in need in the township.
I was amazed by your eagerness to aid Ubuntu throughout the process of the raffle. I am so grateful for your continued enthusiasm and would love your help with Ubuntu's next campaign. All you need to do is watch this video:
For each view that the video receives, Zodiak Media will donate $1 to the Ubuntu Fund. Spread the word, tell you friends, and share the link. By just clicking a button you can help bring lifesaving support to the children and mothers of Port Elizabeth.
Click Read More to see some pictures from the screening!
Happy Halloween, everybody! I started early this year by attending the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Halloween Carnival on October 21. This is the second year in a row I've dressed up as a vampire - last year I was inspired by of my favorite bands, Vampire Weekend. So fun! Click here to watch an interview I did at last Sunday's carnival. I also want to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes! I turned 14 on October 23. This photo collage helped make my day very special!
HERE'S MY GUEST BLOG FOR NO KID HUNGRY. PLEASE READ AND SUPPORT THIS VERY IMPORTANT CAUSE!
Every morning before I head out the door, I eat a filling breakfast. As I step outside and face the day, I feel ready for the day's challenges - assignments, class work, after-school activities. A nutritious start to the day should be guaranteed for every kid in America, right? Unfortunately, it's not.
Nearly 16 million kids in America are at risk of hunger. Daily, these children have to deal with problems that most of us don't even think about - the uncertainty that comes from not knowing when they’ll get their next meal.
This is why I was so eager to get involved with the No Kid Hungry campaign. It's heart- warming to know that I can make a difference in a child's life.
The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to the food and nutrition programs that can help. It teaches kids and their parents how to cook nutritious food on a budget and it helps bring people from all walks of life together to end childhood hunger in their communities.
And kids play an important role too. The weekend of September 6th –9th, we’ll all join together for GO ORANGE FOR NO KID HUNGRY and use social media to spread the word about ways to help end childhood hunger.
So get started now by making plans for you and your friends at school, in your neighborhood or your team or club, to wear orange September 6-9. Then take a photo and send it to Share Our Strength at firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to Facebook or tweet using #GoOrange hashtag. And if you’re really inspired, enter the essay contest with cash prizes by answering the question: “Why is ending childhood hunger in America important to you?”
Here I am with Bulali (left) and Nomawethu (right).
It's been a busy week! After saying goodbye to Big Ben, the Corinthia hotel and all the out-of-this-world fun at Collectormania in England, I flew to New York to attend Ubuntu Education Fund's gala, which was held on June 6 at Roseland Ballroom. (Thanks to Burberry for this purple dress, and to my mom for styling me - she thought these strappy gold Adrienne Vittadini shoes would work.) The turn-out was humongous, and so were the donations. I am so happy to be a part of this important cause, which I talked to Teen Vogue about. What was most exciting was that I was able to meet face-to-face some of the many amazing people who help make Ubuntu Ubuntu: founder Jacob Lief, the organizers Charlotte Renfield-Miller and Kabibi M'Poko-and last but not least, Nomowethu and Bulali. Nomawethu is a counselor at Ubuntu in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Bulali is a "scholar" who has benefited from Ubuntu's health and education resources. We first met the day before the gala and got to know each other. ...
My new friend Farelani
I'm incredibly excited because in a few weeks I'll be traveling to New York to attend the Ubuntu Education Fund's June 6 gala fundraiser. Today I spoke on Skype with Farelani, one of the students who participates in Ubuntu, an organization that supports kids in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, "from cradle to career." Farelani, who is 15 years old, was in London when we talked because last night because she gave a speech at the London gala fundraiser. She's a budding filmmaker, and has already shot a short film. It won a contest and aired on television. She's also written many stories that I'm going to read as soon as I get them. We discussed me possibly playing one of her characters. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to talk to and get to know such a witty and smart girl. To learn more about all the great work Ubuntu does, click here! In case you were wondering, "ubuntu" means "I am because you are." In other others, we are all connected.
Image Courtesy Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages
Did you know that every 26 seconds, a kid drops out of school? Last Saturday night, I went to an amazing fundraiser, Spring Break: Destination Education, for City Year, an organization that helps kids graduate high school by providing them with mentors called corps members who tutor and encourage them. So glad that City Year is around to help! I ran around the Sony Studios lot, which was decorated like a carnival, with Jackie Emerson and her twin sisters Hayley and Taylor. We made flip books, decorated cookies, listened to Robin Thicke perform, and posed at the NFL booth. Variety ran this photo of the two of us with footballs.
Several weeks ago, I visited the Share Our Strength booth at Variety's Power of Youth Event where I met Hailee Steinfeld who's a big supporter. It's such a good cause, I had to help out. As a birthday present to me (I turned 13 on October 23), I asked that you sign the pledge to end childhood hunger. Here's an update: Share Our Strength has more than 100K pledges to its No Kid Hungry campaign. Go to the No Kid Hungry website and sign now! According to Share Our Strength, just $1 can help connect a child to 10 nutritious meals. And when you donate before December 31, your gift will be matched by the No Kid Hungry Partners. Let's do it! Happy Thanksgiving!