Nicole Richie has slowly become a mother first and and a celebrity second, and this weekend she joined a number of other Hollywood moms to help out young children in need.
Richie is a board member for Baby2Baby, an organization that provides necessary baby supplies and clothing to thousands of children. This weekend the nonprofit organization held its annual gala at Book Bindery in Los Angeles, one that was hosted by Joel McHale and drew celebrities like Jessica Alba and Rebecca Romijn.
Another celebrity in attendance was Drew Barrymore, who just announced that she’s pregnant with baby No. 2. Drew praised the work that Nicole Richie and Baby2Baby have done in supporting mothers.
“I work really closely with them because I wish that there were organizations like Baby2Baby for so many more areas in life,” Barrymore told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think good people are inherent givers and so to have a place where you can give so much and it’s so local and so well organized and so perfect for mothers to share for mothers … I think this is the perfect organization for moms.”
The event shows the long transition Nicole Richie has made from a rich, reality television star and prolific partier to one of the more stable celebrities in Hollywood. Nicole has now traded in all-night parties for family outings with husband Joel Madden and their two children, daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden (born 2008) and son Sparrow James Midnight Madden (born 2009).
Madden, frontman for the band Good Charlotte, has said the family life suits him perfectly as well.
“Sometimes I keep it to myself and sometimes I can’t help myself and I gotta tell the whole world how much I love her. I feel like the luckiest man alive to have my wife and kids. When the world outside breaks me down, they build me back up. Hope everyone out there finds this kind of love,” he wrote in a note to his wife.
Nicole Richie does quite a bit of other charity work connected to children, including creating The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation and has served on the board of the Environmental Media Association, which has each member “adopt” a school to promote programs that raise environmental awareness.