Words by Tess Becker
Danny DeVito, known for his roles in shows such as It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia, has always cared for others. During the shoot for the film Matilda, which he directed and starred in, DeVito took care of the lead actor, Mara Wilson while her mother was dealing with health complications.
While Wilson’s mother was in the hospital, DeVito gifted her with an advanced screening of the movie, while still taking care of her daughter at home.
Beyond his care, DeVito has also been a bit of an activist, campaigning for Bernie Sanders, and even tweeting in support of striking Nabisco workers. Now he’s giving back to the hospital where he was born.
Danny DeVito returned to Jersey Shore University Medical Center to make a $500,000 donation. The donation will help the facility add new services and keep up with its fast growth.
“[The hospital] is very dear to my heart because, you know, I was born here,” said DeVito. “I guess I had a really good time; I don't remember the exact moment. But I've been here before, visited the place. I've probably had splinters taken out here.”
The gift comes during a time where the Jersey Shore University Medical Center has become the fastest-growing hospital in Hackensack Meridian Health's system.
“The private gifts are so important, particularly today coming out of COVID,” said Robert Garrett, chief executive officer for Hackensack Meridian Health. “All hospitals and health systems are financially stressed, and we really count on the support of our community more than ever before. Philanthropy literally not just keeps programs sustained, but helps us grow them as the population expands and the population ages.”
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The Life You Can Save. They work to help end malaria around the world. Consider donating.
TB A!ert. They are working towards a future without tuberculosis. Support them here.
Doctors Without Borders. Medical workers supporting people through crises. Find out more.