Star parents like Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams, and Michael Strahan are lending their time and talents for the 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. Throughout December, the Thanks and Giving campaign unites celebrities, media, and 60 of the nation’s leading brands and asks consumers to donate while they shop this season and join St. Jude in finding cures and saving children.
During the campaign, national TV spots and movie theatre trailers feature the stars along St. Jude patients. Modern Family star Sofia Vergara recently shared her experience in supporting the campaign. The mom-of-one, to son Manolo, 21, said that being a mother is one of the driving forces behind her support of the campaign.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Sofia. “As a mother and a cancer survivor, I can’t think of anything more important than helping to support the lifesaving work being done every day at St. Jude, which is helping to save the lives of children around the world. I hope everyone will join me and support St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer.”
Actor Robin Williams was also actively involved in the campaign. The father-of-three, to daughter Zelda, 24, and sons Cody, 21, and Zachary, 28, had the following to say about the campaign.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital family,” said the Man Of The Year star. “This year, I appeared with Darcy in one of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving television spots. Darcy and children like her from communities across America benefit from the lifesaving research and treatment being done every day at St. Jude. It means a lot to me to be involved.”
Legendary New York Giants player and father-of-four Michael Strahan also shared why the campaign is important to him.
“The holidays are always a time of year when I kick back with my kids and family and give thanks for the many blessings in my life,” said the former football star. “By supporting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, we can help St. Jude ensure that other families get a chance to continue to experience those moments that we all look forward to this time of year. It’s an honor to be a friend to these children.”
Celebrity teens like Disney star Olivia Holt have also been largely involved in the campaign. Holt created and designed a special Heart of St. Jude t-shirt – now available on giftshop.stjude.org. The actress recently chatted exclusively with our sister site, Celebrity Teen Scoop, about the inspiration behind her charitable t-shirt design.
“I loved the idea of designing something that would be a meaningful gift to give and receive during the holiday season, with proceeds benefiting the kids of St. Jude,” said the actress. “When I think of St. Jude, I think of having a big heart, so the shirt has two large hearts on it. The fun and colorful design reminds me of the hope and joy of the St. Jude kids I’ve met. 100 percent of the proceeds, after all related expenses, benefit the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
And how else does the teen acting queen like to give back during the holidays?
“In previous years, I’ve helped in food kitchens, giving warm meals to the homeless,” she shared. “I’ve also gone to hospitals to visit children and this year, I’ll take every opportunity to do all of that again and more.”
To read her entire exclusive interview, please visit our sister site, Celebrity Teen Scoop.