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Law & Order:SVU’s Stephanie March has donated her birthday to charity.

“In youth-centric Hollywood, birthdays are sometimes met with mixed emotions,” she writes in the Huffington Post. "But I’ve found the best way that anyone can embrace any birthday is to remember how fortunate they are to be growing another year older and use it as an opportunity to give back.

“That’s why this year I’m Giving Up My Birthday – happily and readily – for children in need by supporting the nonprofit World of Children Awards in their tireless efforts to improve the lives of children worldwide.

“Around the globe, a staggering number of children have precious few birthdays at all. The numbers are truly heartbreaking – each year more than ten million children won’t even reach their fifth birthday because they will die from preventable causes like treatable illnesses or a lack of clean water.

“That’s why the World of Children Awards’ work is so extraordinary, and so needed. Dubbed by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocacy,” the World of Children Awards searches the globe for extraordinary individuals who are spearheading organizations that dramatically improve childrens’ lives and amplifies their efforts by providing vital funding and recognition to expand their impact.

“So with my birthday fast approaching, I’m asking friends and family to give a gift to World of Children instead of to me. Each of us can and should give back in this world when we can and birthdays are an opportune time to experience how giving to others can be a tremendous gift to ourselves.”

To make a donation to Stephanie’s birthday initiative, click here.

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