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Clothes Off Our Back is an organization which hosts celebrity clothing auctions in order to raise money for various children’s charities. Hundreds of celebrities donate clothing, accessories, jewelry and much more every year.

A few of the celebrities to donate to Clothes Off Our Back include:

Rapper, 50 Cent- He donated an autographed bowl and an autographed sketch of his hand. Proceeds from both auctions went to Feeding America and Lending a Hand to LIFEbeat.

Singer, Ashlee Simpson- She donated a custom designed corset made by Fredricks of Hollywood and an autographed pair of used jeans to raised money for America’s Second Harvest, The Art of Elysium, World Education and autism research.

Singer and Philanthropist, Annie Lennox- She donated an autographed bowl to raise money for Feeding America.

Actor, Blair Underwood- He donated his Golden Globe tie and shirt, an autographed book, autographed posters, and an autographed dinner plate to benefit Feeding America (formerly named America’s Second Harvest), The Art of Elysium, Hope North and H.E.L.P. Malawi.

Actress, Christina Ricci- She donated a silk Dolce & Gabbana gown that she wore to the 2007 40th Annual Grammy Awards. The proceeds went to America’s Second Harvest, The Art of Elysium, World Education and autism research.

You can go to Clothes Off Our Back and view the celebrity participants list to see a full list of the wonderful celebrities who have donated to raise money for such wonderful causes.

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A is for Autism- April is National Autism Awareness Month

To kick off the A to Z blogging challenge, Gaia Fights Hunger has decided to tackle some tough subjects using the alphabet. The first subject on our list is Autism. According to the Autism Society, “Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.”

There are no known causes for Autism yet it is on the rise. In the U.S. alone, 1 baby out of every 110 is affected by a “spectrum disorder” and according to the CDC, 1 out of every 70 boys are considered autistic.

All kinds of Autism Awareness events will be taking place this month. The Autism Society has partnered with Academy Award®-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg for the feature length film “Wretches & Jabberers”, a film about two autistic men who set out on a global quest to change the attitudes and stigmas attached to the word “autism”. The film will be premiering in AMC movie theatres. Check here for where the film will be screened throughout the U.S. and Internationally.

If the “Movievent” isn’t on your agenda, you could check out the Autism Society Chapter Events Calendar to find out how you can support, raise awareness, and get involved.

April is National Autism Awareness Month