Happy 35th Birthday, Ian Somerhalder!

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Ian Somerhalder turns 35 years old today.

And there are many reasons why we should celebrate The Vampire Diaries star, of course, from his looks to his acting to how he treats and interacts with fans.

But there's another reason why all TVD viewers should stop for a few moments today and recognize both the handsome actor and the cause closest to his heart:

Ian Somerhalder Promotional Image

Every year on December 8, Somerhalder eschews presents and asks fans for one thing: a donation to his charity in the same amount as the number of years he's been alive.

So that would be $35 this year. Just think about the changes that could be made if everyone who tuned in for The Vampire Diaries Season 5 made this one-time donation.

Then stop thinking and do so today! Just follow this link to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to see how you can help - and happy birthday, Ian!

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🎈Happy b-day pretty boii:)💋
Wiish u have a nice b-day party.....
❤❤❤❤❤😃😀

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Hate it when a celeb who makes millions of dollars and gets so many FREEBEE'S like cars, clothes, trips, etc asks hardworking, barely able to get by for MONEY! Disgusting!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY IAN SOMERHALDER

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