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November 27th, 2008
08:39 AM ET

Your spare change will feed the hungry and save lives

Editor's Note: Actress Drew Barrymore is an Ambassador Against Hunger for the U.N.' s World Food Program.

Drew Barrymore
Special to CNN

I made my first trip to Nairobi after reading an article in The New York Times about schools and how they can change a child's life.

Dollars could do wonders for one child in a year in Africa, providing food and education, it said, while children in so many other parts of the world have the luxury to spend that money on miscellaneous fun.

The article made me feel one person could actively help another person; that I could tangibly help a child in need. A problem that had seemed so vast, so untouchable to me, suddenly felt smaller and more contained - at least for the moment.

I picked up the phone and called the United Nations and told them that I would love to further educate myself on what they do and would more than anything love to go with them on a trip to Africa to see things firsthand.

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Filed under: Drew Barrymore • Hunger • Raw Politics • United Nations
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  1. Jim,

    The problem is How much actully gets into the hands of the truely needy?
    We have people in our own back yard that go hungry, are homeless, need medical care & need help that they do not get.

    November 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm |

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