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Jolie, Pitt donate $100K to kids' charity

Dec. 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- SOS Children's Villages-USA said it received a gift of $100,000 from Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Their donation went to support SOS-Florida and SOS-Illinois, which were founded more than 15 years ago to provide an alternative form of foster care in the United States "that puts an end to multiple placements, separation from siblings, physical and sexual abuse or neglect and abandonment," the charity said.

"We have seen first-hand the remarkable job SOS does to raise orphaned and abandoned children and keep families together. No one 'ages out' of an SOS Village: Vocational training, advanced education, living assistance and moral support are there forever," Jolie said in a statement.

"In this holiday season, many of us take for granted that we are surrounded by loving family members. The poor outcomes for foster children indicate that we must do a much better job of supporting them," added Pitt.

"The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has been a strong and loyal supporter of SOS Children's Villages around the world," remarked SOS Children's Villages-USA Chief Executive Officer Heather Paul. "We are deeply grateful that this year this couple has included in their generosity our villages in Illinois and Florida and our 300 children who call SOS 'home.'"

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