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NEW YORK, NY – A TV actor is helping to brighten people’s spirits during these tough times, by handing out free chocolate!

Neil Patrick Harris, once the young doctor Doogie Howser and now star of the show “How I Met Your Mother”, has lent his voice to a very important campaign. As any global citizen is aware, times are tough these days. The world is going through a financial crisis and there are at least a few of us who are struggling to stay positive.

Well, Harris and the chocolate company Mars are here to put a smile on your face! Just this morning, Harris was in Times Square in New York City, handing out bars of free chocolate to any passersby. And Mars has announced that the company will give away a quarter-of-a- million full-size packages of real chocolate on Free Chocolate Fridays through September.

Americans can claim one of 250,000 coupons each Friday beginning on May 8 at 9 a.m. by visiting If you missed it today, just try again next week!

In the meantime, check out this patriotic video that Neil Patrick Harris made to proclaim his commitment to making people happier: