Trilby Beresford
March 17, 2017 1:37 pm

A major perk of celebrity status is having the opportunity to put one’s public platform to good use, and there are obviously an endless amount of social and political issues that need addressing.

We just heard that Jennifer Garner testified in Washington D.C. about child poverty, and she understandably got emotional during her speech. In her role as ambassador of Save the Children, Garner emphasized the importance of high-quality childhood education programs for those who are dealing with the chronic stresses of poverty.

She drove home the point that no one can be the best version of a parent when they don’t have enough food for their child or when their home situation is unpredictable. Thus, we need all hands on deck to help families who are less fortunate.

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She added that while “poverty is silent,” she can’t be — and we have so much respect for her willingness to step forward and address this issue.

Garner admitted that — because of her celebrity status — underprivileged mothers come up to her all the time and beg for some help with getting their child into a childhood education program, and she hates having to tell them that there’s nothing she can do. That’s why she’s inspiring those who can make a difference to pull all their resources together and come up with long-term solutions.

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Thank you so much for spreading awareness about these important issues, Jennifer.