There’s a silver lining for these Kentucky kids.
Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence will donate $ 2 million to her hometown hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital, to establish a cardiac intensive care unit, she announced Friday in a video message.
The Oscar winner, who spreads joy each year with special Christmastime visits to the pediatric facility, also issued a call to action.
Jennifer Lawrence visited Kosair Children’s Hospital for a third straight year this past Christmas.
“As part of my effort to help these children and caregivers, I challenge the entire community to get behind this cause and help match my gift by raising an additional $ 2 million to support all of these brave and inspiring children,” she said.
The new unit will provide private rooms for kids recovering from heart procedures like open heart surgery, transplants and heart failure, according to the hospital.
Gratitude for Lawrence’s gift poured in on the facility’s Facebook page.
“Jennifer, I can’t thank you enough for this gift,” wrote a Facebook user named Abby Conway. “You met my Charlie after his first surgery, and you have shown so much compassion and have affected my and my sons life in such an amazing way.”
Lawrence donated $ 2 million and challenged the community to match that amount.
The 25-year-old “Hunger Games” star made her pilgrimage to the hospital for a third straight year this past Christmas, posing with patients and staff and spreading yuletide cheer.
“Thank you for bringing many smiles to the patients before the holidays,” a spokesperson wrote on the hospital’s Facebook page.
The mom of one sick child Lawrence visited, a girl named Bria, told local radio personality Terry Meiners the starlet “gave off good vibes.”