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Gibson gives $10 million to child hospitals

Donation is meant to help kids around the world
/ Source: Reuters

Actor Mel Gibson gave $10 million to two Los Angeles hospitals Tuesday to help children with serious medical problems who cannot afford treatment or get proper care in their own countries.

The actor, whose Christian-themed movie “The Passion of the Christ” was a box office smash this year, gave $5 million to the Mattel Children’s Hospital at the University of California Los Angeles, and $5 million to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a statement from the hospitals said.

The money is for children from around the world who will be identified by a nonprofit group, Healing the Children, which Gibson and his family have previously supported.

Gibson is the actor and director whose movies include the Oscar-winning “Braveheart” and the “Lethal Weapon” franchise.

Last year he funded the production of “The Passion of the Christ” with some $25 million of his own money. Since its release last spring, it has grossed more than $600 million worldwide.