At Christmastime, Jennifer Lawrence stopped by Kosair Children’s Hospital to bring some joy to sick children in her hometown of Louisville, Ky., a tradition in her family for several years. But now her presence isn’t the only present she’s giving the hospital.
Local FOX affiliate WDRB reports that the Oscar-winning actress is donating $2 million to the children’s hospital and is challenging the community to raise an additional $2 million.
“I think the Christmas visits are what really set it off. You can see how it touches the parents when Jen goes in and signs posters and gives them the posters and it makes me really proud, I know it really touches her too,” says Gary Lawrence, Jennifer’s father.
In a video message, Lawrence explains that she is challenging “the entire community” to match her gift, which is going toward a proposed unit that will be named the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. It will feature private rooms for children recovering from serious heart procedures.
J-Law’s mother Karen says that the Lawrence family doesn’t know how the staff and caregivers do it and donating money is “the easy job.”
“It’s just giving from your heart, and that’s what she’s doing. We’re proud of her for the person she is,” says Karen.