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Avengers to the rescue for children’s charities

The superhero stars aim to help sick children around the world.

Avengers stars launch the charity at Disney Resort in Anaheim, California (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Avengers stars launch the charity at Disney Resort in Anaheim, California (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Marvel’s Avengers have assembled to support a 5 million dollar (£3.8 million) donation to benefit seriously ill children in hospitals around the world.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson helped unveil the donation of money and toys to benefit charities and children’s hospitals at Disney Resort in Anaheim, California.

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Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth with young fans (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

“More than any time, it’s a time to give back to these courageous kids who inspire us,” said Downey Jr, who plays Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

After the announcement, several of the Avengers stars joined local children to play at the Lego store at Disney, where toys with their characters’ likenesses were unveiled.

“It’s not a bad day in the office when you get to come to Disneyland,” said Johansson, who plays Black Widow.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Disney for like forever. I come from a big, Disney-loving family. To be here with my fellow Avengers and all these kids, it’s just great. It’s such a great way to spend the day.”

Toys and products from the latest film, Avengers: Endgame, will be sent to children’s hospitals throughout the country as well as Give Kids the World, a non-profit resort in central Florida.

Disney donated 1 million dollars (£770,000) to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which brings entertainment and education to children facing life-threatening conditions in several countries, including the United States and Great Britain.

The Lego group, Hasbro, Funko and Amazon collaborated to donate more than 4 million dollars (£3 million) to children’s hospitals around the US.

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Paul Rudd stars as Ant-Man (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Rudd, who stars as Ant-Man, said he is grateful to be a part of the initiative. The actor said he has worked closely to help raise money for the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m grateful and touched to be a part of this group,” Rudd said.

“I work with a lot of kids and families. It’s not just the kids. It’s the entire family. The parents, the brothers, the sisters.

“This is a real honour to give back. I would like to say the Ant-Man toy is particularly small. So when you’re walking around barefoot, just be careful. It’s a little bit like stepping on a Lego.”

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