Ellen DeGeneres is the brand ambassador for the Duracell Power a Smile program which is donating up to 1 million batteries to Toys for Tots – a charity close to her heart. To launch the Duracell Power a Smile program, Ellen DeGeneres joined Duracell and Toys for Tots at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on November 22, 2013 DeGeneres, along with Marines conducting the Toys for Tots Campaign in Los Angeles, helped prepare a C-130 cargo aircraft with Duracell batteries and toys. The plane was symbolically sent to go forth and collect batteries and toys for children in need.Donations are triggered by purchases of eligible Duracell battery packs. Ellen has a passion for helping others and answered some Holiday questions during the November 22, 2013 event:
What happened here at the Van Nuys Airport today?
Ellen DeGeneres: "Today I helped kick off a wonderful program with Duracell. They’ve committed to donating 1 million batteries over the holidays. If you go out and buy certain packages of Duracells, they will then donate batteries to Toys for Tots. You do this, they’ll do that. It’s tit for tat – or tit for tot.We were at the Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles to symbolically send off a cargo plane to go and collect batteries and toys across the country. I also wanted to swing by the airport snack bar because I love a 12-dollar sandwich."
What is the Duracell Power a Smile program?
Ellen DeGeneres: "At first I thought the Power-A-Smile Program was some kind of teeth whitening system. And I was like, not interested! Look at these white diamonds. But then I talked to Mr. Don Duracell. Nice man. And he told me that Duracell is donating up to 1 million batteries to Toys for Tots this year. I love that. I’ve always been a big fan of Toys for Tots. I love batteries. And now, for every eligible pack of batteries you purchase, Duracell will donate a battery to Toys for Tots. It’s a great program and it’s a win-win – you give back while also getting your family the best batteries."
Why are you involved with Duracell’s Power A Smile program?
Ellen DeGeneres: "I got involved with Duracell because I assume I’m gonna get a ton of free batteries.I’ve also been a supporter of Toys for Tots for years. And Duracell’s program to donate batteries for donated toys made perfect sense. Batteries are one of those things you take for granted, but when you don’t have them you realize how important they are. I’m proud to be a part of helping children experience the joy of the holidays."
What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
Ellen DeGeneres: "My favorite thing about the holidays is the joy I get in my soul when I find a great parking spot at the mall. I mean, that’s fulfilling. Helping kids power their Christmases is one thing. But a perfect parking spot. That’s magic. No, I’m obviously kidding. My favorite thing is spiced rum."
What are your plans for the holidays?
Ellen DeGeneres: "I’m planning on staying home for the holidays this year. The Oscars are coming up and I wanna work on them. I also don’t get to see my little nieces very often. So I’d like to see them. Not in person. God no. Their fingers are always purple or green and my walls are a stunning white. But I’d like to Skype with them."
Any holiday songs that inspire you to get up and dance?
Ellen DeGeneres: "There are a couple holiday songs that make me wanna get up and dance. I like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” because it’s really the only time of year you can dance to a song with the word Hark in it. You don’t hear Hark enough throughout the rest of the year. I’m gonna start saying Hark more and see if it catches on. Hark! I also love “Joy to the World.” I can really get down to that one. Hark!"
What is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
Ellen DeGeneres: "I think my favorite childhood memory is the time I made a gingerbread house from scratch. I must’ve spent days on it. It was perfect – it had jellybeans all around the edge and a tiny little door for the little gingerbread men to go through. I used white frosting for snow and put a little cherry on top of it like a chimney. And then I remember my brother was throwing a football around with some friends and he stepped on it and crushed it."
You give so generously to your show audience and to fans of the show— what is on your own personal Christmas list?
Ellen DeGeneres: "For Christmas this year, I’d love—even if it’s just for 30 minutes—If we could all commit to peace around the world—just kidding. I want Don Julio tequila. An iPhone 5… in Gold! And a vintage Ms. Pac Man arcade game. Ooh, and a Rolex. And a new sofa. And a new Swiffer. The Wet Jet kind. But that’s it. And a Chili’s gift card. That’s it."
Any holiday traditions in your family?
Ellen DeGeneres: "We have a lot of Christmas traditions in my family. Every Christmas Eve we gather around the fireplace with our hot cocoa and our fleece blankets. We light the biggest fire we can. And then we turn the air conditioner down to about 45 degrees because otherwise we will sweat like crazy. It’s like 70 degrees in LA at Christmas."