Back-to-school season is upon us and while this is widely considered a time for families to shop for new clothing and school supplies for their children, it can be the ultimate stressor for struggling familes who simply can't afford to do so. That's why Au Fudge co-owners Jessica Biel and Estee Stanley teamed up with Levi's for an opportunity to lend a helping hand to those in need. The ladies hosted a chic flock of Hollywood moms at their West Hollywood restaurant on Wednesday for a family-friendly afternoon of customized jeans, face painting, and delicious bites, all in support of Baby2Baby.
We caught up with the charitable pair, and their love and support for families in need was ever apparent. At one point, they even started to tear up as they went on about the importance of helping out. Stanley, who has been involved with the charity for several years (she actually got gal pal Biel on board), could hardly contain her excitement as she gabbed about the success of the partnership. "This is one of the charities that we work with often, so we thought it would be great to marry Levi’s and Baby2Baby since it’s such a great back-to-school idea", she told InStyle. "They’ve donated backpacks and clothes—it's amazing what [Levi's] donated today."
Biel, who channeled California cool in Levi's boyfriend jeans and a white Saint Laurent blazer, fought back tears as she talked to InStyle about the way motherhood has changed they way she thinks about giving back to the community. "Sometimes you use way more diapers than you ever thought you would, and the thought of having to choose between a diaper or food or wipes or warm clothes—it really just makes you want to burst into tears. It’s not fair," she said. "No woman or family should ever have to be subjected to that; it’s hard enough."
It's Biel's son Silas (above), her 1-year-old with husband Justin Timberlake, who has opened her heart to the importance of helping other moms. When asked about her favorite part of being a mother, Biel gushed, "The discoveries they have on a daily basis. The first time they notice the stars, and then the first time they notice that you turn the faucet and the water comes on and it’s like, the greatest thing that’s ever happened." Too cute!
And as for her advice for moms out there struggling to make ends meet? "Never give up, because there’s help just around the corner," she encouraged. "People want to be helpful, so rely on your community of women, because it really does take a village and it really does make a difference when you have a group of women that you can go to." Wise words from a mama with a golden heart.