These days, it’s getting harder and harder to find positive stories about celebrities. Almost every time you turn on the TV or go online, there’s news about celebrities punching people, getting arrested, getting kicked out of an event, or all of the above. Although most celebrities become role models by default, many of them don’t live up to the responsibility. However, despite the fact that many celebrities are too wrapped up in themselves to notice other people, there are some who go out if their way to give back those in need. These stars have shocked the world by their willingness to be kind, and have even gained a few new fans in the process. Here are 10 of the most unexpected kind gestures by celebrities.
Johnny Depp is known for being a very generous person. However, he seems to have a soft spot for kids. Depp has been known to travel around with his Captain Jack Sparrow Costume and visiting sick children in hospitals all over the country. According to Depp, “I’ll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards…It basically turns into a two-, three-hour improvisation and it’s really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack.”
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Chad ‘Ochocino’ Johnson has built up a reputation for being crazy and obnoxious. However, the former NFL footballer definitely has a nice side. In 2012, when Ochocino was about to marry his now ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada, he received a tweet from a fan whose husband passed away two weeks earlier. When she explained that she was going through a tough time, Ochocino simply asked her if she had a passport and invited her to join him and Evelyn for their wedding.
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Zach Galifianakis may be all about making people laugh, but he takes helping people very seriously. More than two decades ago, when Galifianakis was unknown and living in L.A. he struck up a friendship with Mimi Haist, an employee at the laundromat he frequented. In 2011, when Galifianakis learned that Haist had become homeless he flew into action. Not only did he go check on his old friend, but he found her an apartment, and started paying her rent and utilities. He also had his friend and fellow star, Renee Zellweger, furnish the apartment and buy Haist’s groceries. As if he hadn’t already done enough, Galifianakis has also brought Haist to several movie premieres.
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Russell Brand has been known for some pretty bizarre antics, but he’s also a down to earth guy who hasn’t let his star status go to his head. Brand has been seen several times hanging out with homeless people in Los Angeles; taking them to breakfast, giving them clothing, even giving one man a ride to an AA meeting.
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Running into celebrities in airports or on planes, but in most cases people don’t get much more than a hi and a picture. However, Amy Adams, who is all about supporting the troops, even at the spur of the moment, left one lucky guy with a gift he won’t forget. While boarding a plan, Adams noticed a veteran and quietly went up to him and offered him her first class seat. According to Adams, “I didn’t do it for attention for myself. I did it for attention for the troops.”
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Three time NBA champ, Dwyane Wade, may be a busy guy, but he always makes time to give back to his fans. In 2013, when The Heat were eliminated from the playoffs, Wade received an interesting invitation from a young fan. High school senior, Nicole Muxo made a video asking Wade to take her to prom. Wade surprised the girl by showing up to her prom and hanging out with her for the evening. One student at the dance even tweeted, “Never be too scared to ask… they might just say yes. #Dreamsdocometrue.”
Let’s be real, Ellen DeGeneres has done way too many kind things to count, so we’ll just focus on one. In 2013, Ellen made one woman’s day when she decided to reward her for her own act of kindness. Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress at Ruby Tuesday’s first caught Ellen’s attention after Hoidahl picked up the tab for two veterans who sat in her section. Not only did Ellen acknowledge Hoidahl’s kind act, but she also rewarded her with a brand new car. t doesn’t get much better than that!
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After two stints in prison, T.I. may not seem like the type of guy who’s into random acts of kindness. However, T.I. once did one of the nicest things anyone can do for a person. When he heard that a young man was standing on a ledge and threatening to jump, T.I. went out of his way to go to the scene. He recorded a video message for the young man in which he stated, “..Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I’m here to help you. Please come down to talk to me.” When officers played the message, the man stepped down from the ledge and went to meet T.I.
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Taylor Swift is another star who is no stranger to random acts of kindness. Swift is one of the few celebrities who actually loves her fans just as much – if not more – as they love her. Throughout the years, Swift has become well-known for popping up and granting her fans wishes. Most notably, Swift donated $50,000 to a fan with cancer who was too ill to attend her concert. In 2014, Swift also made headlines when she showed up on the door step of a Connecticut family baring gifts for everyone.
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LeBron James is arguably the best basketball player in the league, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his humble beginnings. Recently, James announced plans to spend $41 million dollars to send more than 1,000 kids to college. According to James, “These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there. They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.”
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