Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is giving back to her hometown. The Joystar has donated USD$2 million to a children’s charity in Louisville, Kentucky. The 25-year-old announced via a video message that the generous donation will fund the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital.
"As part of my effort to help these children and caregivers, I challenge the entire community to get behind this cause and help my gift by raising an additional $2 million to support all of these brave and inspiring children," said the
Hunger Games star in the clip.
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The actress’ kind donation comes after she visited patients in the children’s hospital on Christmas Eve. Veronica Tracie, mother of Bria who is being treated at the centre, was delighted to meet the award winner. "She was very sweet, genuine and I could sense the beauty of her soul. You know how some people just light up a room, or you just feel comfortable in their presence," she said.
In the summer of 2015, the star also took time off from filming X-Men: Apocalypse to brighten the day of patients at Shriners Hospital in Montreal.
Before focusing on her ambition to become an actress, Jennifer was an assistant nurse at her parent’s summer camp and intended on becoming a nurse. Speaking on the chat show Live! With Kelly and Michael she revealed: "I actually had a five year plan when I came out here to act. I was like ‘'I’ll give it five years, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll go to nursing school.'"
On Friday, following the star’s announcement of her new foundation, Jennifer’s parents visited the children’s centre to speak to the press about their daughter’s generous donation. "She’s all about giving…she’s not materialistic," said her mom Karen. "[She] has the biggest heart of anybody I know."