Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner are teaming up to help provide support for children affected by coronavirus. On Monday, the actors launched the campaign #SaveWithStories in an effort to provide meals and storytime for children who may lose out due to school closures.
The initiative, housed on Instagram and Facebook, will feature the actors and other celebrities reading from their favorite children’s books. The effort will benefit the charities Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, with help from the publishing house Scholastic.
“I’ve decided to finally join to shine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time,” Adams wrote on her first-ever Instagram post. “My friend [Jennifer Garner] and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES – a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books.”
The funds secured by the joint venture will go toward food, in addition to learning tools, games and toys. The readings, which are light and entertaining, offer a moment of levity and community for all book lovers, while also providing relief to those hardest-hit.
The first pick of the series was read by Garner, who chose the title “The Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark,” written by Ken Geist and illustrated by Julia Gorton. Adams selected “Dinosaur Princess,” written by her daughter Aviana Olea Le Gallo and illustrated by her husband Darren Le Gallo. The reading marked the first time that the title had been shared.
Reese Witherspoon also joined in on the fun Tuesday with a reading of “Uni the Unicorn,” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Brigette Barrager. In her message, Witherspoon relived Garner reaching out to her to participate.
“My friend Jennifer called me and said, ‘Hey would you want to read some stories to some kids?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I love to tell stories, because I’m a storyteller,’” Witherspoon joked into the camera. “That’s my job, which is a whole other topic.”
Witherspoon went on to share that those who are able may donate via one of the two programs or by texting “Save” to 20222 to make a one-time $10 contribution.
The line-up of future guests has yet to be announced.