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Former Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton will donate $1 to charity for every person that follows Reece’s Rainbow on Twitter, up to $10,000.

“I know there can be big pitfalls to social media, but I will be forever grateful to the tweeter who alerted me to the work of Reece’s Rainbow,” said the star, currently seen in sitcom The Middle. “I clicked on a link to see the faces of those little neglected angels who have passed on, and immediately started weeping. It was so heartbreaking. Sometimes we feel helpless in the face of such horror, but because of the example of Andrea Roberts, we see that, with a lot of hard work and perseverance, there is something we can do.”

Reece’s Rainbow was established in 2004 by Andrea Roberts, a mother of a young boy with Down Syndrome, as an outreach program serving new families with babies with Down syndrome at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

“Between work and family, I don’t have a lot of time,” says Patricia. "But I do have financial means and a public profile. God charges us to use our circumstances, whatever they may be, to share His love with the world. I had just hit the 10,000 mark for Twitter followers, and the idea hit me – give $10,000 dollars – one dollar for every “Tweaton” who follows Reece’s Rainbow. Accomplish supporting this great organization along with spreading awareness.

“I am involved in supporting various charitable organizations, but I have recently been asking God to show me where he wants me to be. I think Reece’s Rainbow is an answer to that prayer. These kids have had very few people to be their voice, but Andrea Roberts has changed all that. I am so grateful to be a part of her work.”

To follow Reece’s Rainbow on Twitter, click here. Find out more about their work at

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