Kristen Bell is marking her 42nd trip around the sun – and she’s doing it in true Kristen style, giving back to a cause close to her heart.
The Hollywood star, entrepreneur, children’s book author and human ray of glorious sunshine, who also happens to be a Global Advocate for the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF), recently pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations to the organisation for her birthday.
And yes, the donations hit over $103,000 this week which means the WPHF will be receiving over $200,000 with Kristen’s pledge!
“Thank you to everyone who has fulfilled my birthday wish and donated to the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund,” The Good Place star shares in an Insta story.
“It’s a fabulous organisation and I am an ambassador and I believe in them very, very much and I want them to help as many women as they can for my birthday.”
So what does the WPHF do exactly? According to their website, they fund women working on the frontlines to prevent conflict, respond to humanitarian disasters, combat sexual and gender-based violence and generate economic opportunities: “From Jordan to Burundi, the Solomon Islands to Colombia, we aim to amplify the voices of women and support their vital work to prevent conflict, respond to crises, and accelerate peace in their communities.”
One of the major programs they’re working on right now is supporting women and girls at the forefront of the Ukraine refugee crisis. The organisation is not only providing humanitarian aid but also working with women-led nonprofits who provide services and resources to protect women and children from gender-based violence.
This isn’t the first time Kristen has celebrated her birthday by giving to others. Every year, she reminds her fans that she doesn’t need presents – but she does wish for “peace.”
For her 38th birthday she donated to a GoFundMe page supporting the work of Immigrant Families Together, who reunite undocumented parents separated from their children at the U.S. border. She also made a donation to the organisation for her 40th birthday.
Kristen, who’s currently travelling with husband and Armchair Expert podcast host Dax Shepard through Italy, also regularly uses her platform to highlight the work of local animal charities, foster care programs and children’s charities.
Yeah, she’s definitely going to the good place…
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