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Jennifer Garner Reads to Kentucky Kids for 'Idol Gives Back'

Jennifer Garner Reads to Kentucky Kids for 'Idol Gives Back'

Jennifer Garner reads There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell to a little girl at LBJ Elementary in Jackson, Kentucky.

The 38-year-old actress took part in Save The Children‘s Early Steps to School Success program, which helps kids get ready for school by making sure they have strong reading skills.

Jen‘s visit to Breathitt, Kentucky – near her hometown – was televised as part of American Idol‘s “Idol Gives Back” special yesterday (April 22).

“Four-year-olds who grow up in poverty are 18 months behind children who grow up in even lower-middle-class communities,” Jen said. “It’s not fair.”

10+ pictures inside of Jennifer Garner reading to kids in Kentucky…

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Credit: David Stephenson; Photos: FOX
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  • http://KhunAngsa KhunAngsa

    She looks young and has ET fingers. For sure.

  • Pippi

    She is such a sweetheart and really has the ability to make little kids smile. No wonder her little girls are so happy.

  • Jess

    She always looks like she is trying too hard. She can be cute and adorable in real life appearances on TV and events, but her attempts at talking seriously about any issue always fall flat. Maybe she should just leave that to hubby Affleck.

  • lexy hates bilson

    Oh please…her attempts at talking seriously??? Are you saying you go to her press conferences when she does her charity work??
    Jen is awesome, she’s a terrific actress and it’s great that she does something other than spend 2 hours a day getting dressed and shop for clothes!

  • gale

    OK that was nice.

    BUT come one people.. She looks like CRAP.. gosh what happened to her..

    I get that we are supposed to get this down to earth vibe from her. but come on she looks like she just crawled out of bed and threw on cloths from the hamper. she always looks so unkempt. It is getting a bit old. AND look at Jennifer’s face. She has lost so much weight in her face she is beginning to look drawn and her cheeks are too hallow.. She does not look good at all. and I don’t care what anyone says.. This woman looks BAD,

    Looking like a slob does not make her this SUPER MOTHER.. she is a woman to her man too.. She better start stepping up her game.

    and nobody expects her to spend all day dressing up. I see Halle Barry in casual cloths all the time and she looks like she actually takes a bath.. Jennifer Garner is not a unknown celeb. She has tons of bucks and she has help. so stop acting like she does it all alone. She does not. and there is nothing wrong with that. she need to do something with herself. she just looks like a woman that does not care anymore.

  • Leslee

    She is so lucky to have ben

  • tanda

    All this i´m-mother-teresa thing is kinda annoying

  • Sophie

    She obviously enjoys doing this fantastic work and really shouldn’t be criticised for wanting to spread a little joy.

    Jennifer clearly loves making children happy, whether they be her own daughters or anyone’s children, and her work should be rightly applauded.

    Yes, she does seem to be doing a lot of this work recently, but if you read recent articles about her charities and causes, her passion and desire to help as many people as possible is truly humbling. Perhaps her acting career will eventually take second place, who knows, but at the moment, whatever she is doing, she’s doing a brilliant and inspiring job.

    A wonderful example of a person using their celebrity for a real cause; actually getting stuck in and not just turning up to some benefit in a pretty dress. Other celebrities should take note.

  • Trina

    What a nice thing to do.

  • Mayley

    I think she looks fine. She’s not at a Hollywood event, she’s reading to kids in in a poor area of Kentucky. Look at how everyone else in those pictures is dressed; do you think they would have felt like they can relate to Jen as well if she showed up in Gucci?

  • tm

    Just think….any one posting here could be doing the same thing. Take a few minutes to read to a child. Nice work Jenn.

  • mimi

    Why on earth is my comment awaiting moderation?

  • gale

    OH please no one said what she did was not a good thing it is. and lots of people volunteer in their community and give back. I think it is a wonderful thing to do. I was not knocking her for this work.. MY point is the same and is still true.. She look terrible.. and that has nothing to do with her helping others..

    She has been looking bad for a while now.. and she can look nice. It just seems like she does not care about her appearance..

    Not a good thing for any woman. No matter how many kids they have. She need to stop looking like a slob.. Ben loves her, but a man wants his woman looking decent. She right now does not.

  • Sophie


    Well perhaps she’s just not superficial and has other priorities than her own personal vanity.

    Aside from that, she looks natural and beautiful to me.

  • d

    Teabaggers territory.

  • d

    Those poor children’s parents have the nerve to be Repubs and racists.

    They are poor as hell, but think they are better than people of color.
    And they vote against their own interest, which id Repub.

  • Janis

    Why not read to children in California Jenn? You have to go to Kentucky to find children to read to.

  • http://Yahoo Lizzie

    Why didn’t she read to those in California? Who knows, but being from West Virginia, she’s aware of the poverty in eastern KY and W.V. As far as her clothes are concerned, she also knows the people in these parts. They’re somewhat suspious of people anyway, and the last thing wanted is “Lady Bountiful” arriving to bestow a little culture to the natives. If nothing else, she added a little sunshine to an area that could use all they can get. Never mind politics and tea party foolishness, if these children are adequately educated they’ll be able to decide for themselves what’s best for their area and the people.

  • Pippi

    All the Jen bashers are just angry because she remained true to her roots and didn’t sell out like so many celebs who grew up poor and forgot about what it’s like to be real and wholesome. No need to go there looking like some over the top heavy weight just because she is rich and famous.

    Look at the joy on the childrens’ faces and see the beauty that her being there looking just like them make all the difference in the world and they can actually indentify with her.

    She never looks like a slob EVER but always clean and fresh and that’s why she is a breath of fresh air to everyone who truly knows her and follows her career. She hasn’t changed her persona since she came into her fame and fortune. I pray she never does.

    If you don’t like her and can’t accept her for that, then that is your problem. I don’t think she is gonna change so move on to somebody who appeals to you and let those of us continue to admire and adore her. I think she is AMAZING and Ben is lucky to have her. She could have married anybody but she chose him. Forget about Vartan and/or Foley. Everybody else has.

  • Abby

    pippi…………you’re just mad she didnt marry you!

  • kacee

    fake. She would be nothing without Ben Affleck and she knows it deep inside. Must suck to know that and she must be super insecure because of it.

  • Billy D