Dennis Quaid Gives Thanks through Charity
November 24, 2005
serving up turkey dinner to New York's hungry this holiday
season, and he's also working in the trenches of Central
America to help children in need. "Extra"
got a rare glimpse into the private world of Dennis
Quaid, the Hollywood hunk-turned-humanitarian.
"I'd been looking for a way to give back in my
career," Quaid told us. "I feel like I've
been blessed, and I'm very grateful for it."
In his latest Hollywood blessing, Quaid cozies up to
Rene Russo in their new holiday comedy "Yours,
Mine and Ours." He also just received a well-deserved
star on the Walk of Fame.
But it's his life off screen that Dennis is most grateful
for, and his beautiful new wife Kimberly and his 13-year-old
son with Meg Ryan top the list. "I'm really particularly
thankful for my family, my new marriage and the great
friends I have around," Quaid said.
Earlier this month, Dennis' Tinseltown friends at hollywoodpoker.com
dealt the 51-year-old actor a huge check for his favorite
charity: the International Hospital for Children, which
does most of its work in Central America.
"We build clinics," Quaid explained. "We
supply medical supplies to these clinics."
And Dennis even donates his private plane to fly some
of the littlest patients to the U.S. "We identify
kids who need medical attention they can't get in their
own countries," Quaid said. "So we bring them
to the United States to get them better."
So on Thanksgiving, as Dennis and his family gather
to give thanks, there are countless children around
the world who no doubt are thanking him.