Well, actually, it's on the 23rd. But Laurel Holloman fans have been working for weeks to make sure she has a happy day. Her wish has been their command. Here's some info on what they've been up to:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 19, 2008
Loving Fans Donate to Actress' Favorite Charity
Fans of actress Laurel Holloman, who stars as Tina Kennard in Showtime's Hit Series The L Word, are working on a unique birthday gift to present to her. Through numerous online chat rooms and message boards, fans of the actress are working together to "present" Ms. Holloman with a substantial donation to her favorite charity, Doctors Without Borders. Donations are fast closing in on the $10,000 mark. Each time a target (set in $2000 increments) is reached, a new target is set at $2,000 more.
Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. A private, nonprofit organization, Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971 as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and bear witness publicly to the plight of people it assists.
This is what Laurel said about her support for Doctors Without Borders:
This year my husband and I asked not to receive any presents and we didn’t give any presents to our daughter – we just made donations to Doctors Without Borders.
I just think it’s tricky to find an organization that you feel the money gets distributed in the right ways. It’s a challenge, especially in the Sudan and those countries, to make sure it’s distributed the correct way and Doctors Without Borders is known for its work and is probably one of the most powerful organizations in Africa. When it was time to pick a place to give donations, Doctors Without Borders was probably the one that was the most important.
Online donors can leave a message along with their contribution if they wish. Organizers of this fundraising drive hope to see the donations continue to come in after the actress' birthday on May 23rd, but are definitely excited about this generous way of letting their favorite performer know how she has impacted their lives through her work while benefiting the lives of others.