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Jennifer Garner, center, listens to Save the Children's Mark Shriver during a press conference Tuesday. Garner's mother, Pat, is to her left. (Marissa Newhall/The Washington Post)

Stars -- they're killing us with kindness! Washington is being overrun this week by a seemingly uncoordinated assault of Hollywood do-gooders, all with great insights about how to help the kids or promote the peace or spend the money or whatever. What do they want from us? What wisdom can they share? And what are they wearing? We'll highlight three of our visiting celeb-advocates, starting with yesterday's showbiz angel, Jennifer Garner.

Cause: Save the Children, a global effort to improve the lives of disadvantaged kids and their families.

Event: Presser and photo op at Rosemount Center, an early-childhood education center in Mount Pleasant.

Backup: Mom Pat Garner, a former schoolteacher; Mark Shriver, head of Save the Children's programs in the United States.

How she looked: Adorable. Belted navy shirtdress, tan Mary Jane pumps.

Jennifer Garner gets ready to read to 3- and 4-year-olds at Rosemount Center on Tuesday. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)Enlarge Image

Remarks: Prepared, poignant and brief, reports our colleague Marissa Newhall. "For my parents, education was an absolute priority. ... My sisters and I looked forward to our weekly trips to the library and were read to every day of our lives."

What she wants: An extra $2 billion in the 2010 budget for early-childhood development.

Observation: Those lips are real -- her mom has them, too!

Photo op: Garner read "Is Your Mama a Llama?" to a pack of enthralled 3- and 4-year-olds ("My mama's a llama!" one volunteered), using a bunch of different voices. Hey, she's an actress and a mom.

Whom we passed up for her today: Gretchen Wilson, testifying for adult-ed; Susan Lucci, celebrating military spouses on the Hill.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 6, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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A big thanks to Jennifer for helping to discredit the negative Appalachian stereotypes out there. She's a WV girl too. What a class act.

Posted by: AJMcLaughlin | May 6, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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