Celebs getting involved with Save the Children

Jul 20, 2010 at 1:02 a.m. ET

Eglantyne Jebb founded the Save the Children Fund in England in 1919 to help aid children in war-ravaged Europe in the aftermath of World War I. Today, the foundation continues in more than 50 countries, including the United States, with their efforts in creating positive changes children’s lives by providing families and communities the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.

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Then and Now

In the 1930s and '40s, Save the Children was busy fighting hunger and literacy in rural American and protecting children during World War II, subsequently contributing to rebuilding efforts in the decades after its conclusion. Today, Save the Children satellite organizations are banding together all over the world in the wake of the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti and Chile earlier this year, in Romania readying responses for children forced from their homes after floods, as well as distributing supplies to children and families seeking refuge from ethnic violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan.

Celebrity Influence

The rich history and success of Save the Children and has drawn the attention of several notable celebrities that lend their support and help spread the word through their status.

Jennifer Garner

Promoting a fundamental principle that all children deserve an equal start in life, Jennifer Garner is an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children's U.S. Programs.

America Ferrera is a Save the Children Artist Ambassador and a champion for early childhood education, especially for those in marginalized communities in developing countries.

Author, News Commentator and Save the Children Trustee, Cokie Roberts has been Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children since February 2005. She has been a member since September 2003 and serves on the Nominations and Executive Committees.

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