Megyn Kelly is disgusted by the statistics on child abuse in the United States. “Every 10 seconds in the country, someone calls up to report a child-abuse crime in progress,” she says. After receiving a 2009 award from the nonprofit Childhelp for covering these issues as an anchor on Fox News, she continued to stay involved by donating her time and appearing at fundraisers.
At one such event, she belted out a karaoke rendition of “You’re So Vain,” even though she admits she can’t carry a tune. “It wasn’t pretty, but it was for the children,” Kelly laughs.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Childhelp was founded in 1959 by actresses-turned-activists Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, who serve as CEO and president, respectively. It has since become the nation’s largest nonprofit for abused youth, providing housing and counseling to victims, as well as a hotline with therapists available around the clock. The charity has aided an estimated 9 million children since its inception. Its annual budget of more than $40 million is devoted to services and shelters and intervention and prevention programs such as Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe for educators, a school-based, child-abuse prevention education program.
O’Meara says Kelly has used her national profile to keep the spotlight on the work the organization does. “Megyn has helped us save a lot of children’s lives,” O’Meara says. “She is a doer as well as a talker.”
Using her star power to shine a light on Childhelp has been a gratifying way for Kelly to give back. She notes that she’s impressed by O’Meara and Fedderson’s endless drive. “They are tireless,” Kelly says. “I’ve never seen them turn anyone down. They invest in a gentle transition for these kids, from awfulness to wellness.”