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Rainn Wilson Hosts a Party for Broward's Own Ghandi, Aaron Jackson

As you can read in the cover story of this week's "print product," Rainn Wilson - Dwight Schrute from The Office - threw a party last month for Aaron Jackson, a local 27-year-old rich kid living as pauper, giving everything he has to orphanages in Haiti. Aaron's charity, Planting Peace, has shelters in Cambodia, Ecuador, and Guatamala; they've initiated efforts to conserve the Amazon, planted trees on barren Haitian hillsides, and organized environmental cleanup programs across the United States.

The project that draws the lion's share of his time, however, and the issue to which Aaron has brought the most awareness, is intestinal parasites. The worms cause those bloated, distended bellies associated with Third World countries where there's no access to clean water. The parasites absorb up to 20 percent of a child's nutritional intake and, if left unchecked, cause brain damage, crippling physical handicaps, and eventually death. 

Now as times are getting tougher for everyone (the non-profit community especially), Rainn Wilson and cast from The Office, Reno 911, Heroes, and rock stars such as Slash and Win Butler from Arcade Fire, got together at the W Hotel in L.A. trying to raise enough money to rid all Haiti of these intestinal parasites. And as you can see from the video above, they did it in true Hollywood style.

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Michael J. Mooney