During the run up to her national “The Hunger Games” release/fan frenzy, Louisville-native Jennifer Lawrence took time to promote Bellewood Home for Children in a short film/fundraiser.
Bellewood provides residential treatment for youths who have been removed from abusive or neglectful parents; therapeutic foster care; supportive services for young adults who have aged out of foster care; an in-home therapy program for unstable families; and a mentoring program that places supportive adults in the lives of its youth, according to a news release.
Lawrence, who received an Oscar last year for “Winter’s Bone,” is supporting Bellewood because of the need to care for Kentucky’s growing number of abused and homeless kids, according to the release:
In the short, “Jennifer Lawrence Cares About Bellewood,” the actress talks about her grandfather playing Santa Claus for Christmas parties at Bellewood and her aunt teaching horseback riding to the nonprofit’s young people. Lawrence urges people to care for abused and neglected youth in Kentucky by supporting Bellewood with volunteerism and financial contributions.
Bellewood is very close to my heart because it’s been in my family for generations,” Lawrence says in the film. “Now, more than ever, children across my home state of Kentucky need our help and support. Bellewood can give them just that.”
Veteran filmmaker, Robin Burke, produced and directed the film after sitting with Lawrence over Christmas during a break in the star’s hectic schedule, according to the release.
Jerry Cantrell, Bellewood president and CEO, states that Lawrence’s family has supported the home for years, according to the release.
“We are honored to have Jennifer as the third generation helping Bellewood make profound differences in the lives of children, and we hope this film will help create more awareness of the tremendous work we do to help youth across Kentucky.”
Recently, her parents – Gary and Karen Lawrence – have opened their summer camp to Bellewood youth. In 2010, Jennifer visited the agency’s residential campus in Louisville to talk with youth about her film, “Winter’s Bone.”
Shortly before the Academy Awards last year, several Bellewood youth sent Jennifer a “good luck” video on YouTube entitled, “Bellewood Loves You, Jennifer Lawrence,” according to the release.
Bellewood cares for more than 500 children and families in Kentucky each year with operations in Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro and Paducah, according to the release.