Monday, March 3, 2008


Today on Oprah, the special guest was the always Fab & Flawless Drew Barrymore. I've loved Drew ever since E.T. She's one of the most real people to come out of Hollywood. Not that I know her personally, but it's easy to see how real she is anytime you watch and listen to an interview with her.

Hot on the heels of last night's tv premiere of Oprah's Big Give, Drew appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show to make a BIG announcement. The past few years she's been working with the United Nations in Africa to help feed those who live there. Today she stood up and presented a personal cheque to the World Food Program for $1,000,000.

Drew Barrymore's boyfriend, actor Justin Long, was also in the audience for the taping of the new episode. And, her best friend, actor Cameron Diaz phoned in live from the set of a film in Los Angeles. Here's a few more pics from the Oprah show:

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Drew Barrymore is 100% sweetheart. She and Justin Long seem to be perfectly matched. Here's what they said about each other while on the show:
"At some point, you decide who you want to be," she says. "You grow up. You make different choices and changes in your life. This relationship is great. It's healthy, it's productive, and it's supportive. It's full of humor and a lot of fun."
Justin says there's more to Drew than a beautiful face and sense of humor. "She's the most compassionate person I've ever met," he says.
Aw, ain't that sweet? She's so cute, I tooooooootally love her. Now, here's a bit about how Drew Barrymore came to be the compassionate person that she is...

Drew says she has been passionate about philanthropy for years, but when she turned 30, she realized she wanted to do something that spoke to her heart. "I didn't want to just do it for the sake of doing," she says. Soon after her birthday, Drew read something in The New York Times that inspired her to take action. The article discussed African school feeding programs funded by the World Food Program (WFP), the world's frontline organization in the fight against hunger. Every year, this United Nations agency helps feed more than 70 million people in nearly 80 of the world's poorest countries.
After learning more about the WFP, Drew says she called the United Nations and volunteered to go on a mission. In 2005, she made her first humanitarian trip to Nairobi, Kenya, where she toured impoverished slums and met starving children. Drew joined the fight against hunger, and in 2007, she returned to Kenya to see the school feeding programs in action. (source)
And now a bit more on the World Food Program...
The World Food Program (WFP) is the largest international food aid organization in the world and the United Nations' frontline agency in the fight against hunger. Every year, WFP feeds an average of 90 million people in more than 80 of the world's poorest countries. With some 400 million hungry children in the world, Drew, an Ambassador Against Hunger for the WFP, has decided to push the plight of hungry children to center stage to ensure that more receive food and stay in school. While in Kenya, she visited Nairobi's Kibera slums, home to more than a million people.
To read more about Drew Barrymore's appearance today on Oprah, click here.

To find out how to donate to the World Food Program, click here.

Way to go, Drew - looks like she's not an angel just on the big screen anymore.

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