Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have launched a foundation for their baby, due in January, called The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation (at richiemaddenfoundation.com).
The couple hosted a surprise baby shower Monday for 100 expectant and new moms at the LA Free Clinic in Hollywood. They handed out more than $200,000 worth of gifts. Richie told reporters, “The looks on their faces were priceless. Some of them didn’t even believe us [when they saw the gifts]. They thought we were joking.”
And it’s a family affair. “We named it the Richie Madden Children’s Foundation because we each have families and our families are close, and our family is involved,” Richie said. By her side with his arm stroking her back during moments in the conference, Madden quipped, “We’re lucky that we have families that get along and love each other,” adding, “I think it’s great that our child will grow up as a part of that family.”
Amongst the goodies given to families in need were Baby Bjorn products, cribs, mattresses and toys from Fisher-Price. “Everything they got, we got,” Richie says, “so everything that will be in their nursery, will be in our nursery.”
Madden felt good about the event. “Sometimes people don’t want to believe that me and Nicole are just a young couple having a baby and we’re really excited. We don’t really get to share our lives with people. It’s nice to connect with people on a real level.”
This is the second baby shower where Nicole has donated all the gifts to others in need. I have to say, I’m really impressed that they are giving back like this. I feel like I’m liking Nicole more and more.