Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Donate to Help Children

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation announced Saturday a donation of $150,000 to SOS Children’s Villages – USA. 

The donation is given in recognition of National Adoption Day, which celebrates adoptive families and highlights the needs of the over 100,000 children still waiting for adoptive families in the United States.

In a related development, Forbes magazine has recognized Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, as a top charity.

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It says in a year when many large national charities are reporting declines in donations, Children International’s income was up over 5% in 2010.

The organization attributes the increase to the generosity of American consumers during a difficult economy and their commitment to supporting children living in poverty. (Read: Children International Charity in Forbes List)

Meanwhile, Hunger-relief charity Feeding America and the Ad Council have launched a new series of national public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and other actors, designed to motivate Americans to get involved in the fight against hunger.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service has reported that more than 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, live in hunger. (Read: Celebs Join Hands to Combat Hunger in the U.S.)

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SOS Children’s Villages provides loving, stable homes to children around the world whose biological families cannot properly care for them. 

Founded over 60 years ago, SOS operates over 500 Villages in 130 countries including Illinois and Florida in the US. 

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation donation will provide the supplemental long-term financial support needed for a family of four foster children in an SOS Village in the US.

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Dr. Heather Paul, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA expressed her gratitude for the on-going support from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt:

“I am truly thankful that Angelina and Brad understand the power of family – the kind of stable family that SOS holds as an essential part of healthy child development.  Together, Angelina and Brad have been eye-witnesses to the great work of SOS in Ethiopia, Jordan, a Darfur refugee camp in Chad, and Haiti. Angelina and Brad know that children’s need for a family is universal.” 

Through this donation, The Jolie-Pitt Foundation will provide support to an SOS foster care family for a number of years. This long-term approach is crucial to transforming a child who has suffered years of abuse – healing cannot happen overnight, believes SOS.

The $150,000 donation from The Jolie-Pitt Foundation will fund numerous services such as full-time, professionally trained caregivers, counseling, intensive support toward family reunification, vocational training or college preparation.

Photo courtesy: SOS Children’s Villages 

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