LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville-native Jennifer Lawrence is donating $2 million to Kosair Children's Hospital. In addition, she is challenging the community to step up and raise an additional $2 million.

For the past three years, it has become a Lawrence family tradition to visit children at the hospital for Christmas. Lawrence's parents say that is what sparked this generous gift.

From gracing the red carpet, shining on the big screen, and even watching over Louisville with Hometown Hero banner on the side of a building, actress Jennifer Lawrence's face is recognized across the country. But in her hometown at Kosair Children's Hospital, she is known for much more.

"I think the Christmas visits are what really really set it off. You can see how it touches the parents when Jen goes in and signs posters and gives them the posters and it makes me really proud, I know it really touches her too," said Jennifer's father, Gary Lawrence.

"She says that's Christmas for me," said Karen Lawrence, Jennifer's mother. Her parents attended a press conference at the hospital Friday afternoon for the big announcement.

"I'm so proud to announce that Jennifer Lawrence and the Jennifer Lawrence Family Foundation are committing a $2 million challenge grant," said Lynnie Meyer, Chief Development Officer of Norton Healthcare.

The star explained the challenge through a video: "As part of my effort to help these children and caregivers, I challenge the entire community to get behind this cause and help match my gift by raising an additional $2 million inspiring children." 

The money will go towards a proposed unit which will be named the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. It will feature private rooms for children recovering from serious heart procedures. 

The Young family gave their testimony of the care at the hospital, with their 5-year-old son, Johnathan. He was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, essentially, his father explained, his son was born with half of a heart.

"If it wasn't for Kosair Children's Hospital, the staff, physicians, our son would not be here today," said Greg Young.

More than 5,000 children visit the Kosair Children's Hospital Heart Center each year. Jennifer Lawrence is doing her part to help them.

"I look at this staff and these caregivers, and I don't know how they do it, we feel like we have the easy job. It's just giving from your heart, and that's what she'd doing. We're proud of her for the person she is," said Karen Lawrence.

If you would like to join Jennifer's challenge by donating, click here.

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