Shooting movies and selling hit records are some of the things that these stars do for a living. But there is one thing they love more than their job — charity.
Celebrity status comes with great power — power to influence and make a difference. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and Demi Lovato are just a few celebs who raise their voice to make a difference.
Kristen is one of the most down to earth celebs, which makes her cool in our book. But what really makes us love Kristen is her willingness to help. Kristen recently appeared at the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, where she asked fans to donate towards Hurricane Sandy relief. She took it a step further for Sandy relief by donating her Zuhair Murad dress, which she wore to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Los Angeles premiere, to the Robin Hood Foundation, who put it up for auction. Kristen has also worked with Shoe Revolt, an organization that raises money for victims of sex trafficking by selling donated shoes online.
Not only does he have a forgiving heart, but Rob has a giving heart. Much like his better half, Rob likes to give back. Recently, Robert autographed an ESP LTD Xtone series acoustic electric guitar and auctioned it off via Julian’s Live, a company that works with celebrities to create auctions that benefit their charities. The guitar sold for $1,280 and the proceeds went to The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. In 2011, E!’s Marc Malkin reported that the $80,000 Rob raised by hosting a meet and greet on the set of Breaking Dawn Part 2 was given to the Go Campaign to build a permanent home for PAGE (Program Advancing Girls Education) in Cambodia. Rob has also granted wishes for The Starlight Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that brightens the lives of seriously ill children, and their families, throughout Australia. He has also auctioned more guitars to support the Midnight Mission, an organization that helps provide for the homeless.
On Oct. 10, Miley performed at the City of Hope Gala alongside Jordin Sparks to raise money for the prevention and cure of cancer. Miley has been donating to City of Hope ever since her Hannah Montana days. She raised over $1 million for the organization by donating $1 from every ticket sold during her Best of Both Worlds tour. Not only has Miley raised tons of money for organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation and Amnesty International, but she has also created her own charity organization with Youth Service America called Get Ur Good On, an online organization that connects young people with volunteer and community service opportunities.
Justin is known for his dedication to Pencils of Promise. He also started the Believe Charity Drive, which raised money from fans and album sales to give to the seven charities that he supports — Pencils of Promise, Project Medishare for Haiti, City of Hope, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of America, Musicians on Call and the GRAMMY Foundation. On his 17th and 18th birthdays, Justin asked for a birthday gift that would help the world — he asked for fans to help bring clean water to those in need by donating to his charity Charity Water. Just this past year, Justin donated $1 from every ticket sold in the New York City/New Jersey area to Hurricane Sandy relief. Justin never stops giving. He’s also helped donate and support his hometown food bank, Children’s Miracle Network, and he even helped an Ottawa-based fan find an organ donor via Twitter. Justin’s one guy who remembers where he came from and uses his voice to make a change.
Aside from being named UNICEF’s youngest Goodwill Ambassador, Selena has also managed to be named the first ambassador of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, an organization designed to inspire today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. Selena has also helped raised over $1 million for the St. Jude Children Research Hospital by strutting her stuff down the runway with other celebs. She took trips to the Congo with the ENOUGH Project, a project aimed at ending genocide and crimes against humanity, and made a PSA with Kermit the Frog to raise awareness of endangered amphibians.
We all know Rihanna loves Chris, but she must love him even more due to his commitment to charity work! Chris recently launched Symphonic Love, an organization that offers art programs to kids and encourages acts of service. After Chris’ Twitter feud with comedian Jenny Johnson, Chris returned to Twitter with a new attitude. He was promoting “love and respect” in order to represent Break the Cycle, which provides dating abuse prevention programs. Chris also works with Kids Wish Network, where he met with a young girl with spina bifda, and he’s met with many fans through Best Buddies International. Chris has also made an impact by helping with charities such as Stand Up To Cancer and Aid Still Required.
In 2006, Rihanna founded the Believe Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, BELIEVE gives children a chance to not only survive, but thrive in a world where many will never receive the medical attention, school supplies, toys and clothes that they deserve. The foundation is partnered with DKTS, an organization that fights the great fight to delete blood cancer. In 2007, Rihanna was named Cartier’s LOVECHARITY Bracelet Ambassador. Rihanna has used her fame to help a mother of two find a bone marrow transplant. She also donates to disaster relief, AIDS and environmental issues. Rihanna has raised money through concerts and has even taken the time to meet children from the charities she’s supporting.
Demi took a stand against bullying. She teamed up with Stand Together to represent the Stand Together Campaign. Another anti-bullying charity Demi works with is STOMP Out Bullying. She also made a PSA for Vote Latina in efforts to engage young Latinos to vote and stand up for their rights. Demi worked with A Day Made Better, which works to erase teacher-funded classrooms, and she’s worked with DonateMyDress.org, where she donated designer dresses to be given to girls who cannot afford prom dresses — for free. Like most of her peers, Demi is also a proud donator to the Red Cross, Shoe Revolt, City of Hope and Kids Wish Network.
Which celebrity do you think is the most charitable, Hollywoodlifers?