By Elizabeth Willoughby on
It is no secret that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt contribute millions of dollars annually to various causes through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation. In 2009, they didn’t run out of steam even as the holidays kicked in, and were still making donations just days before the year closed – $100,000 to support two SOS Children's Villages.
“In this holiday season, many of us take for granted that we are surrounded by loving family members,” said Pitt. “The poor outcomes for foster children indicate that we must do a much better job of supporting them.”
SOS Children’s Villages was created to do exactly that. By providing a safe, stable environment for orphans, and keeping siblings together, these “villages” offer an alternative to the traditional form of foster care.
“We have seen first-hand the remarkable job SOS does to raise orphaned and abandoned children and keep families together,” said Jolie. "No one “ages out” of an SOS Village: vocational training, advanced education, living assistance and moral support are there forever."
In thanks for the donation, SOS Children’s Villages – USA CEO Heather Paul said, “The Jolie – Pitt Foundation has been a strong and loyal supporter of SOS Children’s Villages around the world. We are deeply grateful that this couple has included in their generosity 300 children who call SOS ‘home.’”
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