Jennifer Garner honoured for children's charity work
Jennifer Garner's charity work with children was recognised at an event in Minnesota on Sunday (17Jul16).
Jennifer Garner was honoured for her work towards children's education at the Starkey Hearing Foundation's gala on Sunday evening (17Jul16).
The 44-year-old actress was bestowed with a medal for her philanthropic work at the event in Minnesota, held by the charity which provides hearing aids to youngsters all over the world. Jennifer has also been an ambassador and trustee for Save the Children for several years now and often gets involved with the organisation's Early Steps to School Success programme, encouraging families to let children learn during their early years.
Over the weekend (16-17Jul16) Jennifer visited flood victims in her hometown of West Virginia, where she lived for many years until attending college, and her hard work was mentioned during her honouring.
In a video clip shown before she took to the stage, Jennifer was seen in Point Pleasant, a spot hit particularly hard by the recent natural disaster. Talking to the camera, the mother-of-three explained what the visit meant to her.
"It's easier to look at problems outside the country than it is to look at stuff in our own backyard," she explained. "Here, it's more knotted up, it's more tangled. Of course we're talking about poverty, especially somewhere like this. There are no drugs, drug abuse is rampant, and just killing people. It's overwhelming and you can't just give up, you can't give up on a whole other generation of kids."
Big names in the audience included Johnny Depp, Jay Leno and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who all watched as Jennifer accepted the medal and gave an emotional speech.
Jennifer has kids Violet, ten, Seraphina, seven, and four-year-old Samuel, with estranged husband Ben Affleck. Although the couple split in 2015, it's thought a reunion may be on the cards as new reports suggest they're not ready to sign divorce papers yet.
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