Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield use paparazzi to do good (+video)

Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield spotted paparazzi lurking in New York City, so the couple used their celebrity status to cleverly promote their favorite charities. This is not the first time Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have employed this tactic.

By , Staff writer

Hollywood stars often embrace charities – sometimes for self promotion but often out of a sincere desire to make a difference.  But one famous couple has taken a low-budget approach to bringing attention to four charitable organizations.

Rather than simply dodge the intrusive paparazzi, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have decided to use them.

In New York City on Tuesday, Garfield (who's stars in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") and girlfriend actress Stone ("Magic in Moonlight" which opens July 25) covered their faces with handwritten signs.

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"We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside. And so we thought, let's try this again. We don't need the attention, but these wonderful organizations do," read the sign covering Stone's face, reports US Magazine

And Garfield's sign finished the charitable appeal: "www.youthmentoring.org, www.autismspeaks.org, (and don't forget) www.wwo.org, www.gildasclubnyc.org. Here's to the stuff that matters. Have a great day!"

This is almost the exact message the couple used last September, also in New York, when they carried these signs:

"We just found out that there are paparazzi outside the restaurant we were eating in. So...why not take this opportunity to bring attention to organizations that need and deserve it? www.wwo.org www.gildasclubnyc.org. Have a great day!"

Who are the two actors promoting?

The Worldwide Orphans Foundation provides health care, mentoring and education to orphaned children. The CEO of the nonprofit, Jane Aronson wrote in The Huffington Post that Garfield has become an ambassador for the group. She traveled with Garfield to Ethiopia and Haiti last spring, and "he was forever changed. Like Spider-Man, he used his fingertips, heart and soul to be close to children in need. The rest is history.

"Andrew is now the Ambassador of Sport for WWO. We have many programs and tools to help grow orphans into superheroes: camp, "Granny" programs, toy libraries, AIDS clinics, school, and sport. In this role, he will help grow the sport programs we currently run in Ethiopia and Haiti to strengthen the minds and bodies of orphaned and vulnerable children."

Gilda's Club supports people diagnosed with cancer. Stone's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and survived.

Autism Speaks is an "autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism," according to the group's website.

The Youth Mentoring Connection Is a mentoring program serving "at-risk youth ages 12 to 18 living in Los Angeles’ toughest neighborhoods," according to the organization's website.

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