If someone told you that you could help one of the 153 million orphans in the world by throwing a dinner party for your friends, would you do it?
That’s what Dr. Jane Aronson, the CEO and president of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, is asking people across the globe to do. The charity’s 10th annual Night of 1,000 Dinners helps thousands of orphans in Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Haiti, Vietnam and Serbia by providing access to better healthcare, education and loving homes. Aronson joined HuffPost Life host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani today to discuss the event and hear from supporters who plan on throwing a dinner party of their own.
The concept of The Night of 1,000 Dinners is actually not a new one, Aronson said. "People have been doing grassroots events in their homes, where they invite in a few people to talk about what’s important, to get their awareness going," she said. "And we’ve kind of stolen it from politics and history and now we have it for orphans.”
Deb Capone of South Hampton, New York, is hosting a dinner party with her adopted daughter Noelle not only to support the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, but also Aronson herself. Aronson played a direct role in Noelle’s pediatric care upon arriving at her new home in the United States.
“I think she’s amazing, I think what she’s doing is amazing,” said Noelle. “I’m so happy that she’s educating other people and just spreading this whole organization throughout the world. I think that’s great, especially for kids, because having a childhood and having that experience is really important. I think a lot of kids today, they go through life just wanting to grow up, wanting to be adults and wanting to just not be a kid anymore, but once they are adults, they don’t realize that they can never be kids again.”
To hear more about the dinner party that is saving orphans' lives worldwide, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.