Why do you giveback?

As we enter the second year of #AllHeartGillian we want to share with you stories of others who participated in #AllHeartGillian and have made giving back part of their lives.

I'm so honored to be able to help others that aren't as fortunate as I am. I have taught elementary school for 11 years and during that time, I've watched how a random act of kindness can impact a child. Last year was my first year participating in #AllHeartGillian. I donated money for ChildReach International and I won Gillian's shirt at the Wizard World Convention in Chicago. All the money went to ChildReach taught not trafficked. I also gave to cancer charities. This year, I'm going to hospitals to hand out goodie bags to sick children. I have other random acts of kindness planned. I'm currently helping new families bring home orphans with special needs. In my classroom, I have a random acts of kindness board where my students can choose an act they would like to do for someone. You never know how that act of kindness will impact a person's life. I'm so grateful to Gillian Anderson for inspiring me to be a better person each day. I will forever be grateful.
- Lissa1121 (@LissaJane1121)

I first learned about Gillian Anderson in the 90's when The X-Files was one of the most popular shows on tv. I was a teenager at the time, and while it was nice to see such a strong female lead on tv, I was more impressed by the woman behind the role. I remember reading and watching interviews with her and there was this constant underlying theme of service. She truly seemed to want to use the platform that fame gave her to make a difference, and be a voice for those who might not otherwise have one.

Be of service.

That mantra has stayed with me my entire life, and she has never wavered from the belief that we all should do as much as we can to help those less fortunate than ourselves. I'm now 33 years old and nearing the end of my third special needs adoption. In October I will bring home a daughter with Hydrocephalus, and we are naming her Gillian. We have also adopted a little girl with Down Syndrome, and a little boy with cerebral palsy. I was not raised in an environment where dedicating one self to service was common place. I know that without having Gillian to model, I probably would not have chosen the path I'm on, and I can't imagine my life without these children in it. I'm so happy that something like #AllHeartGillian exists. There are so many young girls, and women too, who are just beaten down by what they see in the media, yet here is a woman who makes a point of telling you it's fine if you don't fit into that bikini, it's fine if you don't want to wear makeup and designer clothes, but what isn't fine is being self serving, so I want you to go out there and make a difference. Now, all of us who have heard that message from Gillian have a place at AllHeartGillian to gather and work together to give back to worthy causes and be the change we wish to see in the world. How amazing is that?
-Cilla (@notoriousGYP)

As of this posting the #AllHeartGillian movement has raised over $2500 for Childreach International.