Sean Penn is continuing his efforts to help the people of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake that killed thousands of people and left scores more homeless, with a little help from his celebrity friends, including "Punky Brewster."
The 51-year-old actor, humanitarian and political activist, as well as actresses Miley Cyrus and Zooey Deschanel, comedienne Sarah Silverman, actor Edward Norton, "Office" star Rainn Wilson and singer LL Cool J star in a PSAs filmed for a campaign called "Help Haiti Home," which shows the celebrities explaining what home means to them.
The clips were directed and produced by Soleil Moon Frye, who played the title role in the 1980s sitcom "Punky Brewster" when she was a child, and her brother, photographer Meeno Peluce. The actress came up with the project after an "inspiring trip to Haiti," according to a statement from Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization, obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on Tuesday, December 20.
"Visiting Haiti was an eye-opening experience to say the least," Frye said. "I am deeply inspired by the will of the Haitian people and their determination to rebuild their beautiful country."
The new campaign aims to raise funds to help about 23,000 displaced Haitians who live in a camp managed by Penn's charity.
Its celebrity participants also contributed a personal item that potential donors can win. The collection includes a "one-of-a-kind Polaroid" photo of Cyrus, a "naughty voicemail" from Silverman, an an autographed album by Deschanel's band "She and Him" and a copy of Penn's favorite play, William Saroyan's "The Time of Your Life," which the actor also signed.
Frye nowadays mostly does voice work for children's shows and published a memoir in August. She made her directorial debut in 1998 with the independent film "Wild Horses," which she co-helmed and co-wrote with her brother. Frye also directed the 2004 documentary "Sonny Boy," which depicted her relationship with her father, Virgil, who is battling Alzheimer's disease.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner, her mother and co-star of their E! reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," also recently visited Haiti. They do not appear in the "Help Haiti Home" campaign.
The two visited the county with "Prime Suspect" actress Maria Bello as part of a trip organized by her charity group We Advance. Kardashian has been fending off negative press reports and even an online boycott launched after she filed for divorce on October 31 after 72 days of marriage to second husband Kris Humphries. The couple's wedding was part of an E! special that generated record ratings for the cable network.
In a blog post published on Tuesday, Kardashian denied she attended a fashion show in Haiti, as reported by gossip outlets and the National Enquirer tabloid. She added that she did go to "the Haitian Artisan Fair, where the amazing men and women who make their jewelry and crafts sell them to visitors to make a living, and I bought some beautiful jewelry!!"
Check out two PSAs for the "Help Haiti Home" campaign, featuring Sean Penn, Soleil Moon Frye and other stars, below as well as a video of Frye visiting Haiti.