Mariska Hargitay's Charitable "Philosophy"

11/13/2009 at 10:46 AM ET

Megan Sorel

While she may play tough as nails detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this Hollywood actress is showing off her big heart, by using her spare time to give back to women in need. Hargitay and her Joyful Heart Foundation joined forces with philosophy to build “healing kits” for women in shelters throughout the LA area to draw attention to the massive budget cuts to the state’s domestic violence services. Along with her handsome hubby Peter Hermann, celeb pals Debra Messing, Sharon Lawrence and Shohreh Aghdashloo and other volunteers, the group filled the kits with philosophy’s charity shower gel, a cozy shirt from Michael Stars and other goodies. “These kits say to a survivor: you’re not alone,” Hargitay told PEOPLE. “ I want to inspire these women with a sense of joy and possibility.” Hargitay partnered with philosophy to create a shower gel and body lotion which 100% of proceeds go to her Joyful Heart Foundation. “These products are so beautiful,” gushed a proud Hargitay. “The make women feel so good, it’s about watering your soul and heart and feeling good.” Support the cause by purchasing your own Joyful Heart shower gel, $20, from— Jen Garcia

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Charity
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Angie on

I like her shirt, can you buy it anywhere??

n on

i love her lew a order

Andreia on

The existence of women as Mariska Hargitay gives me hope that the world can be melhor.Mariska are beautiful in all respects, generous, he is not concerned solely with fame and beauty. She is not worried about being a sex symbol but an example of generosity and humanitarianism. Thanks Mariska.Teus fans love you.

Giselle on

What a beautiful woman is Mariska Hargitay. I admire and wonder if other celebrities follow his caminho.Mariska be a very generous heart feliz.Além she is beautiful, the husband is gorgeous, the child is Lindo.Eu it distributes its wealth with its semelhantes.Sem doubt God is present in your life.

CAl on

This woman is amazing

LBW on

She is amazing. She offers hope. Not many of the Hollywood beauties do that.

Rebekah on

Mariska has the biggest and most beautiful heart! We are so blessed to have such a strong and powerful woman supporting survivors of abuse!

Peraya on

Dear Mariska,I was soooo moved and kind of took a pen and paper to hand. Below is the result of that.I look at the ptiucre, and read the words underneathThe meaning of it, so true, I couldn’t breathSo I scrolled back up, to the drawing, one more timeWhat I felt than I’m not sure I can explainThe ptiucre so silent, yet so many wordsHave come to my mind while looking very closeIt looks like ‘under water’, with bubbles & sea weedAnd yet I see birds and wind in the treesI’d like to think of the bubbles as dreams which come true,The wind & the water as guidance and supportThe stream and the blow, as a direction to goWhere ever the journey might lead me toYet it’s so sad there’s no hold either wayNothing strong you can lean on when you’re feeling downThe drawing seems so clear and yet it’s blurryLike in real life, because my mood changes dailyIf this one drawing was displayed on the streetSo many people might give it a glance and then walk pastNot thinking about the beauty withinI’ve got to be honest, I’d be one of themBut reading the words you’ve written underneathIt gives so many people the guidance it needs Reality of life is like this ptiucre with two sidesYour carefully chosen words full of hope and adviseYou truly are the advocate you see yourself asFor so many people a hero, an imposter, a healer you areGod once told us to love and to giveI try everyday to live by it

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