Giving Tuesday: Ali Fedotowsky, Guy Fieri, Matt Lauer, Al Roker and More Participate

Tuesday Rewind: Giving Tuesday saw stars like Ali Fedotowsky, Guy Fieri, Matt Lauer, Al Roker and more pitch in to Help the Red Cross.

Henry Timms, the founder of #GivingTuesday, also joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss how today’s philanthropic focus was born and why so many people have come to support it since its introduction two years ago.The American Red Cross recruited celebrities to support an inspiring young philanthropist and help promote youth volunteerism.

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Sophia Greenwalt, 15, founder of Helping Hats, image courtesy of the Red Cross

Meet Sophia.  a 14-year old Missourian who has been raising funds for deserving charities for several years through her Helping Hats foundation, which asks students to donate $1 to charity in return for the privilege to wear a hat to school. About a year ago, Sophia was diagnosed with leukemia so her philanthropic efforts have become more important than ever – they give her hope and a promise for a better future.

Sophia reached out to the Red Cross to help raise money for the people they serve on GIVING TUESDAY this year and inspire young people to give back. In return, the Red Cross decided to surprise Sophia by inviting her favorite celebrities to connect with her via Skype, videos and/or social media in order to celebrate her work and promote her efforts.

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Sophia was also being surprised with Skype conversations with Emily Kinney and Chandler Riggs from her favorite show, “The Walking Dead.”

Ali Fedotowsky - 2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals - The Forum - Inglewood, CA, USA  Photo copyright by David Gabber / PRPhotos.com

Ali Fedotowsky – 2014 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals – The Forum – Inglewood, CA, USA Photo copyright by David Gabber / PRPhotos.com

In addition, many celebrities took to Twitter and Facebook to promote Sophia and promote youth volunteerism, including Ali Fedotowsky, Niki Taylor. Katie Lee, Guy Fieri, Reba McEntire, Leeza Gibbons, Nancy O’Dell and Amy Grant.