'Supernatural' fans rally for Jared Padalecki's favorite charity and more

jared-padalecki-dog-rescue.jpgHere at Zap2it, we interact with tons of TV fans, and it's always refreshing to see when fans turn their mutual admiration for a show or actor into a way to give back to the community. "Supernatural" fans are a passionate bunch, and they've always been highly active in using their power for good.

One great example of that is SupportSupernatural.com, which has raised over $50,000 in two years for actor Jared Padalecki's favorite cause, A Dog's Life Rescue animal shelter in Los Angeles, a volunteer-run organization. The fundraiser, run by "Supernatural" fans Lindsay Warren and Heather Vitas, has set another lofty goal for 2011: they want to raise $30,000.

Over the course of ten months, the organization will be giving away 10 prize packs donated by Creation Entertainment -- they're the ones who run the highly successful "Supernatural" conventions. In order to be eligible to win a prize pack, you've got to donate at least $10 via this link.

"The funds raised by Support Supernatural and the Supernatural Fandom over the past couple of years have been crucial in allowing A Dog's Life Rescue to keep our doors open, continue our rescue efforts and save lives. We don't know what we would have done without the support of the Supernatural fans. We are truly grateful to them," says A Dog's Life Rescue founder Allison Lange.

Padalecki has spoken publicly about his support of A Dog's Life Rescue on numerous occasions, so it's a great way to show your support for the show and Padalecki himself. And hey, if you win some goodies while you're at it, that's just the icing on the cake, right?

There are plenty of other "Supernatural"-related ways to give back in honor of your favorite show. Kim Manners, an executive producer and director on the show, was invaluable in creating the tone and look of the show that we love so much. He passed away suddenly from lung cancer in 2009. In his honor, his friend Kevin Parks and Team Supernatural are riding in Vancouver's Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Series star Jim Beaver donated to Parks' team in memory of his late wife, Cecily, whose struggle with cancer is documented in Beaver's book, "Life's That Way." If you join him in donating here, your donation will go to the BC Cancer Foundation to support cancer research and patient treatment and services.

Of course, you can also get involved with Random Acts, a movement started by everyone's favorite angel, Misha Collins. You can hear more about Random Acts straight from Collins here. If you don't have a lot of spare change to donate, the Random Act offers another way for you to contribute with just the power of your brilliant mind. They're now accepting proposals for official acts of kindness -- innovative ideas for ways to give back to deserving people and communities across the globe.

If you're not that creative, they'll accept your money, too.
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