Actress Jennifer Garner had a middle-class upbringing in Charleston, West Virginia, but was surrounded by generational poverty. She has teamed up with Save the Children to give rural kids a fighting chance.
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Through my work with Save the Children over the past 10 years, I have had the great privilege of visiting families from all over the U.S. I want to give you an idea of what these homes look like so that you can really understand what kids living in rural poverty are up against.
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