Jennifer Garner: My advice for talking to kids about the wildfires

For nearly a week, devastating wildfires have been raging in southern California. With 44 people dead — and more than 200 missing — the blazes have been declared the deadliest in the state’s history. It’s a topic that has surely come up in the Los Angeles home that Jennifer Garner shares with her inquisitive children, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6.

When Garner, 46, was asked about how she is explaining the natural disaster to her kids, the Peppermint actress stressed the importance of comforting them. “You just tell them they’re safe and that there’s a lot of helpers in the world and that you gaze toward the light,” Garner told Us Weekly and other reporters at the Baby2Baby Gala in L.A. on Saturday, November 10.

The Alias alum is a longtime supporter of Baby2Baby, a organization that provides low-income families with diapers, clothing and other basic necessities such as crib sheets. Garner first learned about the non-profit through her work with Save the Children. 

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Actress Jennifer Garner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. - Garner, who received the 2,641st star in the Motion Picture category, stars in the soon to be released film 'Peppermint.' (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner (second from R) and family attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Jennifer Garner poses with members of her family at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. From left are parents Patricia Ann Garner and William John Garner, her children Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, Samuel Garner Affleck and her sister Melissa Garner Wylie. - Garner, who received the 2,641st star in the Motion Picture category, stars in the soon to be released film 'Peppermint.' (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Garner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. - Garner, who received the 2,641st star in the Motion Picture category, stars in the soon to be released film 'Peppermint.' (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner and her daughter, Violet Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner (L) and Samuel Garner Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck (L) and Samuel Garner Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Susannah Kay Garner Carpenter, Jennifer Garner, and Melissa Garner Wylie attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner with her parents and sisters at the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actress Jennifer Garner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. - Garner, who received the 2,641st star in the Motion Picture category, stars in the soon to be released film 'Peppermint.' (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: A general view of atmosphere at the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: (L-R) William John Garner, Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Samuel Garner Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, and Bryan Cranston attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner speaks during the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner attends the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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“We go to Baby2Baby and say, ‘Hey, this is happening, we’ve got this on,’” Garner explained. “And they come right to us and say, ‘What can we do? What do you need?’ And we say, ‘We need this many diapers and this many wipes,’ and they’re on a truck before the end of the phone call.”

During her 11 years working with Save the Children, the West Virginia native has witnessed poverty at its worst. “One out of three moms are choosing between diapering their kids and feeding them,” Garner revealed. “So when I’m on site visits for Save the Children, the homes I walk into, the children have dirty diapers. You see them and you think, ‘Oh, my gosh, I just want to change this diaper.’ They’re using wipes that have been used over and over and over again. They rinse them out in the sink because they don’t have a choice.”

The 13 Going on 30 star shares her three children with ex-husband Ben Affleck. The former couple split in 2015 after 10 years of marriage and recently finalized their divorce.

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Argo director Ben Affleck kisses his wife actress Jennifer Garner after winning the Oscar for Best Movie at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Actors Jennifer Garner (L) and Ben Affleck attend the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by Hasbro Studios, at John Varvatos Los Angeles on March 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for John Varvatos)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-BAFTA cocktail party and dinner at Annabel's on February 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) 23116_016_1209.jpg
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 08, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 04, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on September 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on June 02, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stav/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on February 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on April 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on April 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on March 06, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stone-e/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on October 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on October 03, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor/director Ben Affleck (L) and wife actress Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen holding hands on February 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen with their daughter, Seraphina Affleck on February 06, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 07: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 07, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on July 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ben Affleck' Episode 1641 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck during the monologue on May 18, 2013 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend Variety's 4th Annual Power of Women Event Presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Argo' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attends 'Argo' Post Premiere Party - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 04, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on June 02, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stav/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on June 02, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 04, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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