Now, the actress is showing her commitment to improving the lives of those children with a $2 million donation. "I'm excited to announce we will be establishing the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children's Hospital," she says in a video posted by the hospital on YouTube. Lawrence also challenged the community to match her gift by raising an additional two million dollars.
"We are thankful for the generosity shown by the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation with this gift," said Thomas D. Kmetz, division president, Women’s and Children’s Services and Kosair Children’s Hospital. "We are equally thankful that she has put her trust in the outstanding work taking place at Kosair Children’s Hospital every day by challenging the community to join her in support of our heart care program."
According to the hospital's press release, the new wing will "feature private rooms dedicated to children recovering from heart procedures, open heart surgery including heart transplant, heart failure and other conditions requiring intensive care." It will also offer 14 beds for families to stay with their children while they are receiving treatment.
Lawrence set up the foundation to support charities close to her heart and, often, close to her home, such as St. Mary's Center, which serves adults and teens with intellectual disabilities from the Louisville Metro area, and West End, a free private school for at-risk boys in Louisville. And her role as philanthropist might be even more impressive than her award-winning acting roles.