Magazine article Variety

Paying It Forward

Magazine article Variety

Paying It Forward

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Following the tragic shooting -death of Nash's 17-year-old brother, Michael Ensley, in 1993, Nash's mother, Margaret, founded Mothers Against Violence in Schools (or Mavis) as a way to cope with her grief and to educate the public on violence prevention in schools. Nash helped run that organization for years until Ensley retired it, but that isn't the only charity to which the actress has given her time. Nash has a history of working with many worldwide organizations, from Dress for Success and the American Cancer Society to those tackling issues surrounding domestic abuse and the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS.

"If I am available and I can lend my voice, my celebrity, my time, or be there in any way to help, I'm there," she says. "Charity is seeing a lady standing outside with no shoes on and pulling over, popping my trunk and giving her the shoes in my car. …

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