By Tim Saunders on
One of the hottest couples in Hollywood are expecting a baby – and have founded a children’s charity to celebrate.
Nicole Richie and Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden held a baby shower with a difference on November 18, with most of the gifts they received being donated to mothers in need. The couple formally introduced their new charity, the Richie Madden Children’s Foundation, in front of 90 guests at the Wizard Of Oz themed party.
“It’s really sweet,” said Rashida Jones, from NBC’s The Office, who joined guests such as Paris Hilton and Masha Gordon at the party. “With all the swag these days, we’re given so much stuff it’s almost wasteful. It’s kind of nice when we’re giving to each other to give to someone else.”
The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation is being established to help young mothers and families, and plans to donate 100 “Mom-To-Be” kits to the Los Angeles Free Clinic in December. They are currently asking for donations of items such as cribs and mattresses, diapers and liners, strollers and car seats, baby bottles and pacifiers, baby monitors, toys and books, baby carriers, and baby bathtubs to be included in the kits. A website for the new foundation is being planned, which will create and promote an online registry to inspire the purchases of items for families in need.
“We’ve had opportunities and know that we’re very blessed,” said Joel Madden, who is excited about the arrival of the new baby in January. “We couldn’t imagine having a baby and not being as blessed as we are. We’re just trying to help out some other young couples, and the Los Angeles Free Clinic – which provides healthcare, pre-natal care, and job opportunities for free – is the most amazing place I’ve ever seen.”
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Free Clinic, which provides dependable and affordable healthcare and services, celebrated its 40th anniversary. For those who wish to contribute to the Richie Madden Children’s Foundation’s “Mom-To-Be” initiative, the clinic can be contacted via www.lafreeclinic.org.
Copyright © 2007 Look to the Stars