As the holiday season approaches, it's easy to get caught up in wish lists and present shopping. As a reminder of the true spirit of this time of year (the spirit of giving) InStyle's special correspondent and founder and CEO of FEED, Lauren Bush Lauren, sat down with Kate Hudson, John Legend, Francisco Costa, and Tony Goldwyn for intimate chats about what you can do to pitch in throughout the year. Listen in on their conversations by clicking the videos below.
"When you have children, you're always concerned about their health and nutrition. Then, as you look beyond the walls in which you live, you realize there are so many people who go to bed hungry. Meeting starving infants and their malnourished mothers is almost impossible to bear. The World Food Program has provided meals to nearly 20 million children in more than 60 countries each year, yet there are still more who need to be fed."
"I grew up in a family that didn't have a lot of money, but I knew education was a path to success. I started LRNG to help increase the opportunities for our youth. We focus on teaching because it's a critical aspect of how kids experience education. After doing work in schools, I began to see how many parents are incarcerated. Even as crime has gone down, the number of people in prison has gone up over the past 40 years because this nation has raised sentences for all types of nonviolent offenses."
"I'm homosexual, so the decision to become involved with ACRIA [AIDS Community Research Initiative of America] wasn't difficult. Within two months of moving to New York City from Brazil in the 1980s, I lost two of my close friends to AIDS. It was a traumatic decade for the fashion industry as a whole. So many designers, photographers, and assistants died from the disease—it was devastating. So I feel a responsibility to hold up the flag and say, 'This isn't over. How can we help?'"
"AmeriCares provides $500 million in aid each year for relief efforts when disasters strike around the world. Every dollar raised is converted into $20 worth of medical supplies and humanitarian aid. We're able to multiply the impact of every dollar thanks to strong relationships with pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and health-care providers. I'm so blessed to have access to opportunities, education, and health care that I feel a tremendous responsibility to make sure others, especially those who have been slammed by disaster, have a shot too."
To learn more about this year's group of Shining Stars—and the causes to which they've pledged their unwavering support—pick up the December issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download now.