Former Hallmark star Lori Loughlin has opened up for the first time since serving a prison sentence after the college admissions scandal broke. Loughlin shared how a nonprofit welcomed her when she felt heartbreak and how glad she is to continue volunteering with them.
In a recent interview with KTLA 5, Loughlin shared her experience of supporting Project Angel Food and how the nonprofit has helped her, too. Although some media said this was her first TV appearance since imprisonment, her first official TV appearance was actually in a Christmas special, When Hope Calls, on GAC Family.
Her interview took place during the Project Angel Food Lead with Love 3 telethon, KTLA reported.
“They welcomed me with such open arms at a time when I was feeling particularly down and broken,” she said during the interview, her eyes filling with tears. “That’s how I found a home here and I feel like they did it for me and that’s why I’m so proud to be here and work with this organization because they really care. It really is a community. It’s more than just feeding people, it’s about loving people and helping people. And I think that’s so important and I’m so proud to be a part of Project Angel Food.”
She shared that supporting Project Angel Food was “one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”
Loughlin explained that she packed groceries but particularly enjoyed doing the deliveries.
“I have to work everywhere,” she says. “I packed a lot of muesli and a lot of fruit. … I like doing the deliveries best. I have the same delivery route once a week and see the same people. And it’s so nice to make that connection with those people. Often they cannot leave their homes. They are somewhat isolated, especially during the pandemic.”
She said Project Angel Food helps people “who have hit rock bottom in their lives. They are facing an extreme illness or have lost their job during the pandemic. Project Angel Food is here for you. It’s a community; it is a family.”
Brian Bird, executive producer of When Calls the Heart, shared the interview on Facebook and wrote, “Really worth seeing…from our friend Lori Loughlin. The importance and power of second chances in our world. Get your Kleenex ready!”
One person, Darlene McAdams, replied: “Everyone deserves a second chance. I pray that she knows the Lord because he can bring her back and give her the joy of forgiveness and grace that we all miss 💞.”
Margie Mijares replied: “I 💕💞💕💞💖💖 absolutely LOVE this!!! I believe in second chances and bringing people back into a right relationship with God and friends. We’re supposed to bring them back to life!!!”
Bird and When Calls the Heart star Erin Krakow have been open about their desire to see Loughlin return to the show.
However, when GAC Family first announced that Loughlin would be joining the When Hope Calls spinoff, Crown Media made it clear that Loughlin would not be returning to Hallmark.
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