Singer/actress Mandy Moore is putting a charity donation at the top of her holiday gift list after visiting malaria patients in a "life-changing" trip to the Central African Republic (CAR).
The Tangled star flew to the country to hand out insecticide-treated netting as part of the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign to help stamp out the mosquito-borne illness, which is the leading killer of kids under the age of five in the CAR. Moore was left heartbroken after meeting several poverty-stricken patients battling the deadly illness, since the condition can be prevented with cheap mosquito nets.
In a post on the HuffingtonPost.com, she writes, "I recently travelled to the Central African Republic... My experience was life-changing, and the many special moments and people from my trip are always on my mind. One of the most-heartbreaking moments I experienced was when I visited a small clinic outside of Bangui, the capital city... One of the patients I met was a beautiful baby girl. Her father, Remi, held her tight in his arms."
"Her malaria was in the advanced stages and she needed treatment urgently, but her parents couldn't afford it... Something as simple as $10 for a net could prevent this illness. As I left, I was told that Remi's daughter would receive treatment. I only hope it wasn't too late."
Now Moore is urging fans to get charitable this holiday season with donations to help deliver nets to needy families in the CAR.
She adds, "I have plenty of gifts to buy for close friends and family. But this year I'm rethinking my holiday shopping list. Join me in taking a minute, going to www.NothingButNets.net and donating $10 to send a net to the Central African Republic. You will be saving a life."