Evan Rachel Wood is putting her words into action.
Since photos of detained migrant children in cages went viral in May, the “Westworld” star has been very vocal on social media about her outrage over the crisis. This weekend, she decided to so something about it.
“Ever since I heard about everything happening in our country and the separation policy, I’ve been wondering what I can do,” she explained in a short video posted to her Instagram account. “So I’ve flown to Texas, and I am going to be on the front lines for the next few days to find out what I can do to help.”
Wood encouraged her followers to follow the hashtag #EvanInTX for updates on her Texas visit and to learn more information on how they can support the cause.
The 30-year-old actress proceeded to post a serious of photos of her shopping excursion to a Walmart store in the city of McAllen, where she loaded up on pairs of shoes — from sandals to sneakers — and other necessities such as diapers, toothbrushes and shampoo to help some of the families and children in need. In an interview with People, she described how selecting the shoes, in particular, touched a nerve. “I was buying things that I’ve bought for my own son [born in 2013],” she explained. “I broke down when I picked up a pair of shoes that I’ve bought for him because it made it so personal.”
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Wood also paid a visit to a government shelter, where children are sent to be processed or to await deportation. She shared a photo of herself playing on the floor with a young boy, writing: “Played with the kids for hours. They were so sweet, insanely smart and creative. They have obviously been through a lot and need supplies and medicine.”
Many other celebrities are also stepping up to show their support. Yesterday, a group that included Lena Dunham, Amber Heard, Sia, Mia Sorvino, Joshua Jackson and Bella Thorne traveled to Tornillo, Texas — the site of a U.S.-Mexico border checkpoint and a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant minors — to take part in a protest against the Trump administration’s policy that separated immigrant children from their parents. (On June 20, President Trump signed an executive order ending the controversial practice.)
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We came to Tornillo, Texas, to show our solidarity with the families who have been separated, the children who are alone, the parents who are grieving and the undocumented Americans who are losing more than I can fathom. Thank you, Tornillo, for showing us a warm border welcome and reminding us that together we rise. Thank you @amberheard @constancewu @vancityjax @jennikonner @bellathorne @dani_thorne @elsamariecollins @mirasorvino @ioneskyelee @angeliquecabral @ktqlowes @caseyrosewilson @travon @wynter @kendrick38 @therealannacamp @skylerastin @siamusic
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