Earlier this week, Justin Bieber raised a huge amount of money for a clean water charity by asking fans to donate in small amounts, with a goal of $17,000 dollars. As of today, the site has drawn in over $46,000. Why? Because it was Justin’s birthday this week!
Now actress Jessica Biel is following Bieber’s lead and setting up her own mycharitywater.org site, as the “Valentine’s Day” star turned 29 yesterday (March 3rd). Biel had chosen a much more modest goal of $5,000 (hey, not everyone can be Bieber), but as of today she has already surpassed that goal with $5,041 raised and counting.
Biel knows how to capitalize on web fame in order to get in donations: “I am asking my friends, family, and Humpilates devotees to donate $29 to build a water well and provide clean, safe drinking water to a community in need,” says the star on the site. Earlier this week, Biel starred in a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel called “Hottie Body Hump Club” along with Scarlett Johansson, Minka Kelly, and other Hollywood beauties. It has to be seen to be believed. A word of warning: you will see more of Jimmy Kimmel than you ever wanted to.
Biel also referenced her trip up Mt. Kilimanjaro last year: “friends and I hiked to the top of a mountain and endured torrential rain and a blizzard in hopes that our adventure would inspire others to find a way to help alleviate the clean water crisis.”
There are still two days left in Biel’s clean water campaign, so if you want to give, just visit the site. Suggested donations are $29, but you can give in any amount you choose. One hundred percent of all donations will go toward building wells for clean drinking water in developing countries, and once the well is built the site will provide pictures and a GPS marker on a map to show the location.
Happy birthday, Jessica! I loved you in “Blade: Trinity.”