Update, March 20, 2020 1:35 PM ET: This story has been updated as more celebrities have taken part in the Save with Stories reading project.
Good news: thanks to an initiative launched in the wake of school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), you can donate as much money as you can to help the millions of children who depend on school not only for education, books, and computers, but also for their meals. More good news: Amy Adams launched the initiative with her friend Jennifer Garner, and she joined Instagram to do so. Silver linings, people!
On March 16, Adams and Garner posted IGTV videos about their business, Save with storieswhich they founded in collaboration with Save the Children, No Kid Hungry and Scholastic.
“I have decided to finally join in shining a spotlight on children across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time,” Adams wrote in his caption. “My friend @jennifer.garner and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES, a place to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books.”
As well as providing entertainment for children (and their parents) stuck at home, the Instagram and Facebook-based platform will collect donations to “continue feeding vulnerable children during the pandemic, as well as providing books, games and other educational materials, as well as after-school and summer programs,” according to the fund’s official website.
In his very first Instagram post, Adams also provided the very first episode of the celebrity reading series.
Adams chose to read The dinosaur princess, a story written by her 9-year-old daughter, Aviana Olea, and illustrated by her husband Darren Le Gallo. Scholastic will provide titles from published authors in the future, but we fully support Adams’ unorthodox choice. Support your local artists! Even if it’s your own 9 year olds!
Garner gave us so many amazing voices and sound effects for his picture book story. (We know these are for kids, but we adults love them too.)
Already, so many other celebrities have joined Adams and Garner to virtually read to children in quarantine and promote the cause.
We are immediately soothed by reading Reese Witherspoon in her motherly voice.
Demi Lovato reads a favorite from her childhood, The Gruffalo.
Lupita N’yongo, Beanie Feldstein and even Noah Centineo joined in supporting Garner and Adams’ cause.
See everyone who’s read picture books before and stay tuned for even more on the Save with the Instagram Stories page. And if you’d like to support Save with Stories, you can do so by texting SAVE to 20222 to make a one-time $10 donation. Or visit his website and donate any amount you can.
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