Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union
The newlywed couple served up some Thanksgiving goodness to those less fortunate at the 23rd Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration in November 2014. The pair helped distribute frozen turkeys, canned goods, and side items to around 600 underprivileged families and hot meals were served to over 450 residents of the Miami Rescue Mission.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
Working the paparazzi to their advantage! The costars and real-life couple held up hand-written cards for the cameras in June 2014. “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,” Stone’s card read. “www.youthmentoring.org, www.autismspeaks.org, (and don’t forget) www.wwo.org, www.gildasclubnyc.org,” Garfield’s card added, “Here’s to the stuff that matters. Have a great day!”
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Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman
The Revenge costars and real-life couple teamed up for a PSA for the World Wildlife Fund’s “Hands Off My Parts” initiative. “Wildlife crime is now the most urgent and immediate threat to these beloved animals, and they can’t survive high levels of poaching much longer,” VanCamp said.
Michael J. Fox
The actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, hosted a star-packed benefit in November 2013 called “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s.” Fox performed with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and tons of other celebs helped raise $5.5 million to Parkinson’s research.
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The bootylicious Brit completed a 3,000-mile charity bicycle race across America in June 2014 with her brother James Middleton. After she finished, Kate Middleton’s sister auctioned off her bike on eBay, adding to the £20,000 she raised for the British Heart Foundation during her ride. “The challenge of riding across the Rockies, coping with the heat of the Arizona desert and climbing over 170,000 vertical feet in the six days was incredibly tough, but every inch of the 3,000 mile race was worth it, to help the BHF fight heart disease,” she said at the time.
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The noted animal lover found his match in girlfriend Nikki Reed. The couple has adopted a horse together and cares for a series of rescue animals. In August 2014, he posed with a pair of llamas at Heifer International’s Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table Gala to help end world hunger.
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It’s safe to bet that the mother of six has headlined more humanitarian efforts than she has acting credits. “I came into this business young and worried about my own experiences, my own pain. And it was only when I began to travel and look at life beyond my home that I understood my responsibility to others,” she said in her acceptance speed for the Humanitarian Award in November 2013.
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Jennifer Garner’s hubby works tirelessly on behalf of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which he founded in 2009 to help women and children affected by sexual violence and rape. In May 2013, the ECI partnered with TOMS shoes for a special line. “Getting involved in something, helping others, improving the fabric of the universe – I believe if you do that, even just a little bit, I think you’ll find your life gets better, too,” Affleck said at the time.
After traveling to markets around the world, LC and her friend Hannah Skvarla founded The Little Market, an organization that works with female artisans across the globe to “combat poverty, empower communities, and create social justice.” “My bestie Hannah and I have been traveling all over the world to find local female artisans in the communities we’ve visited to sell their handmade products through our online store,” The Hills star wrote on her blog in October 2013.
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To mark her son Duke’s first birthday in August 2013, Rancic asked guests at his cowboy-themed bash to donate gifts to Baby2Baby instead of the guest of honor. “It just felt like the right thing to do,” she told Us of giving to the charity that provides baby gear and clothing to families in need. “When Duke was born, I got all these things for him — we didn’t even use 50 percent of it. One day, [I can tell Duke], ‘you were doing charity work when you were just one year old.’ It’s nice to start instilling that in your kids at an early age.”
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Pitch Perfect‘s Snow started Love Is Louder, a web community and organization that hosts outreach events nationwide, in 2010 along with The Jed Foundation and MTV to combat bullying, discrimination and depression. “I was bullied in school by a girl who made my life miserable . . . and I feel like every single person I know has a story like that in some way, whether it was in the workplace or school or by a parent or even just the voices inside your head that tell you you’re not good enough,” Snow tells Us. “Love is Louder has really helped people realize that this is not a game anymore. These are people’s lives.”
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Holly Robinson Peete
Actress Peete supports Children Mending Hearts, a charity that facilitates arts education programs for disadvantaged kids. “I’m in my 40s and can’t remember any class where there wasn’t art. We didn’t do it just to finger-paint — it develops your brain,” says Peete. “My daughter is lucky to go to schools where there is a lot of art implemented, but the children that are missing out on those programs are missing out on an important part of their development. We have to change that.”
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