Kristen Bell's Birthday Gift To Herself Involved Helping An Immigrant Mother

"What I really wanted for my birthday this year was a peaceful feeling."

Actress Kristen Bell turned 38 on Wednesday, and she celebrated by making a generous donation to help an immigrant mother reunite with her child. As Bell said in an Instagram video, "What I really wanted for my birthday this year was a peaceful feeling. Swipe left to see what I bought myself."

Bell donated more than $4,000 to a GoFundMe campaign by the organization Immigrant Families Together, which is working to reunite family members who were separated at the border under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. One of their fundraisers, to help a mother named Delmi, made its $30,000 goal after Bell's donation.

According to Hello Giggles, the movement's founder Julie Schwietert-Collazo reacted to Bell's generosity on Facebook, writing that her donation "means we can bond Delmi out." The GoFundMe page also explains that the organization will use funds to help pay for Delmi to be transported to her child. 

Immigrant Families Together has already bonded out a woman named Yeni Gonzalez, who was able to reunite with her children. And thanks in part to Bell, a fundraiser for another family is on its way to meeting its goal. 

"If you would also like a peaceful feeling, feel free to click the link in my bio, and we can help family number nine," Bell said in her Instagram video. The link directs fans to another GoFundMe for Immigrant Families Together to help its ninth family — 19-year-old twins being detained in Arizona who were separated from their younger brother. As of this writing, the campaign has raised over $27,000 of its $30,000 goal.

You can also donate to several other fundraisers started by the organization to help family members who have been separated. Whether it's your birthday or not, it's always a good time to give back to others

And this isn't the only way Bell has been helping immigrant families. According to People, her company This Bar Saves Lives is matching every donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) through their GoFundMe page, up to $20,000. 

"As a mother, my family is my first priority. And do not underestimate the love of family," the actress said. "When you attack one family, you attack all families. And families fight back."

Cover image via Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards.


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