Jennifer Garner promotes kindness with new initiative

Jennifer Garner, pictured with her children, hopes to inspire random acts of kindness with the #SparkKindness initiative with Walmart. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

June 13 (UPI) — Jennifer Garner is launching a new initiative to promote kindness and community.

The 47-year-old actress said in an Instagram post Wednesday she hopes to inspire random acts of kindness with the #SparkKindness initiative with Walmart.

“Everyone knows that acts of kindness make us stronger and create a true sense of community. I’m excited to #SparkKindness with Walmart, which will have me on the hunt for random acts of kindness — big and small — every day,” she wrote.

Garner kicked off the initiative by visiting a school in Alpaugh, Calif., to clean up the grounds and plant a small garden. She said she was inspired by the school’s literacy, numeracy and psycho-social programs.

“I can’t tell you how great it felt to leave behind a community I know can use a little love,” the star said. “Goodness spreads and a little kindness goes a long way.”

Actress Becki Newton and comedian Chelsea Handler voiced their support for Garner in the comments.

“One of the many reasons I think you’re pretty darn amazing,” Newton wrote.

“Beautiful,” Handler added.

Garner told People she hopes #SparkKindness will inspire others to do good in their communities.

“These random acts of kindness are happening all around us, all the time, everywhere,” she said. “The smallest acts — picking up trash at a local park, volunteering at a shelter, buying a cup of coffee for someone who needs it — make the world a happier, more gentle place.”

Garner recently played Kathryn McSorley-Jodell on the HBO series “Camping.” She is also known for portraying Sydney Bristow on “Alias” and for the film “13 Going on 30.”


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