October 31, 2013:
Happy Halloween! Tom Hiddleston may be the God of Tricks but he had nothing but He treats for a group of lucky children in New York City. Tom surprised 300 children who had been selected to attend a charity screening of Thor: The Dark World at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. Disney, Marvel Studios, and the Daily News hosted the screening in benefit of Variety the Children's Charity of New York and The Children's Aid Society.
Tom flew in to NYC specifically for the event. He told the Daily News: It's a screening organized by Variety of New York and The Children's Aid Society, two huge children's charities in New York City. Children, it sounds trite to say it, but children stand to inherit our future - their own future - and it's so important that we look after them because so many children don't have the choices that we have as adults. So, for people like Variety and for The Children's Aid Society, and for Unicef who I've done some work for. I believe very strongly in their work. I believe there are armies of people behind the scenes who do tireless work on behalf of children all over the world. So, it's nothing for me to turn up and introduce a screening for them because they do the real work. This is, I hope, in some way a nice reward or a perk or something.
Tom addressed the crowd as his alter-ego Loki before introducing the film. He said "to see that enthusiasm, to the them clap and cheer, wearing Loki t-shirts and swinging hammers, that was really gratifying".
Variety – the Children’s Charity’s purpose is to serve children who are less fortunate – children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage. These are extra special children who require a special kind of help.
Unlike most charitable organizations that focus on a single area problem or issue, Variety focuses on multiple unmet needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs at a local, national and international level. Our aim is to maximize the real, long-term positive social impact for all children. Variety welcomes the support of any person who shares our ideals and objectives - the profound and long-term life changing benefits your donation and support delivers to a child cannot be overstated.
More about The Children's Aid Society:
We help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children, youth, and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.
We believe all kids have limitless potential. But for those growing up surrounded by poverty, family instability, and physical or emotional stress, life is too often about survival, not possibility. It's unacceptable that in New York, a city of historic opportunity, so many of our children face serious barriers to realizing their own promise.
Children's Aid is a professional powerhouse of solutions for young people. We are teachers and social workers, coaches and health care providers. We know what it takes to ensure children grow up strong and healthy, and ready to thrive in school and life: excellent education and health care, social-emotional support, and strong, stable families.
Tom Hiddleston stripped down his formal Giorgio Armani three-piece suit for a more casual look. Tom was also wearing his Nike+ sportswatch ($199).