Ian Somerhalder, one of the principle stars of The Vampire Diaries, is celebrating his 33rd birthday today and in celebration he has released a personal video on You Tube that is addressed to, well, YOU. In the video, Ian explains that year after year he has been the lucky recipient of birthday gifts from fans but this year, he is asking for something else. Ian is hoping that YOU will make a donation to his charitable foundation in lieu of sending him a birthday gift and in return, he is planning to personally and individually thank every single person who donates. Click below to watch Ian‘s birthday message video and find out how YOU can make his birthday wish come true.
[Ian] Somerhalder is taking on a new project as he celebrates his 33rd birthday on Dec. 8. He’s asking fans who have the means to donate to his Foundation instead of sending a birthday card or gift, and in return, he’s going to thank everyone personally. You can donate as little as $5 — or a nice $33, in honor of the big day — and Ian hopes to write you an email in thanks. “If you were intending to send me a gift for my birthday, thank you–seriously. It’s incredible that people take time out just for me… but if you are intending to send a gift this year, I beg of you not to. Let’s not add to our accumulated demand on this planet: resources, manufacturing, packaging, shipping…,” he writes on his site. “Everyone who has it within their hearts to support ISF deserves some respect and love, and the only way I know how to give a little of this to so very many is to try my very best to try to send each and everyone of you a personal email. I want to reach out so I can thank you for your support and learn a little about you to discover how you fit into this remarkable family” … After one wildly successful year with the Foundation including successes in delaying the Keystone XL Pipeline, banning shark fins in California, changing Canadian sled dog laws, and more, Somerhalder is looking forward to embarking on even bigger projects for 2012. In a video message to fans, Somerhalder calls the IS Family “one of the most phenomenal aspects” of an already arguably phenomenal life. “With the type of progression and inspiration that we’re creating here, along with governmental bodies, individuals like you and me, corporations and universities, we can do it,” he says. “Because that’s ISF; that’s what we do.” The personal emails are sure to take a while, but Somerhalder is confident he’ll be able to pull it off. “I’m going to make you understand how much I appreciate and need you,” he says. “We can’t do this alone.”
Sometimes these kinds of personal video messages to fans can come across as hokey or contrived but you can see the genuine emotion in Ian‘s face … you can hear the genuine passion he has in his voice. When he looks into the camera, seemingly into your eyes, you honestly believe what he is saying is genuine … at least, I honestly believe it. I love that Ian is willing to turn a day meant to celebrate him into an opportunity to raise funds to help others. I have no doubt that he will be successful in this endeavor to raise money for his foundation. Even without the personal message of thanks, this plea for help would surely garner much attention … but by offering a chance at a personal connection with Ian, he has ensured success. Let’s send all of our Birthday Lurve to Ian today … and let’s send whatever money we can to his foundation in order to make his birthday wish come true. Click HERE to make a donation to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.