Christmas isn't the only time for giving, especially in Hollywood. Those is need are in need year-round. Thankfully, there are many celebrities out there who aren't just about red carpets, events, and glamour. They use their connections and big paychecks for the greater good, which is something we should all try to do once in a while. So, let's take a look at some of the amazing stars that are fabulous, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker was appointed as United States Ambassador for UNICEF back in 1997. Since then, she has acted as a spokeswoman on a host of occasions for the charity. She's also contributed items for charity auctions, participated in several campaigns, and helped with the launch of UNICEF's Tap Project. She's also taken part in helping the Food Bank of New York City, the Small Steps Project, Friends In Deed, Shoe Revolt, AmFAR, and the telethon for victims of 9/11.
Gomez is not just a teen pop star. She's not just Bieber's girlfriend. She happens to be the youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. In fact, she was made their spokesperson for their Trick Or Treat campaign to raise awareness for children in Ghana. Gomez has also traveled to the Congo on behalf of the ENOUGH project and did a PSA with Kermit the Frog to bring attention to endangered amphibians. The ENOUGH project is actually on behalf of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Other charities she's shown support for have been with other celebrities for St. Jude's Research Hospital and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Aside from his own Justin Timberlake Foundation which has teamed up with the American Music Conference to promote the importance of music, he supports a couple dozen other charities including, but not limited to Childwatch, Make The Difference Network, Habitat For Humanity, Kids Wish Network, PlayPumps, RADD, MusiCares, Stand Up To Cancer, and Wildlife Warriors Worldwide. With all his philanthropic efforts, Timberlake was even awarded the Big Help award at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards for all his charity work. He's organized week-long golf events for charity and is still aiding in the assistance of Hurricane Katrina victims.
One of her most substantial charitable efforts has been towards the Trevor Project, which is a nonprofit organization that helps promote acceptance of gay and questioning teenagers in addition to aiding in suicide prevention. In fact, she's even been a recipient of The Trevor Life Award in the past. She teamed up with Italian jeweler Bulgari for its Save the Children/125th Anniversary campaign. Other foundations and groups she's an advocate for are Feeding America, Autism Speaks, The Art of Elysium, and Clothes Off Our Back.
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As co-founder with David Arquette, Cox put together OmniPeace, the "humanitarian fashion brand" with CEO Mary Fanaro. Their mission is to "break the cycle of poverty through education." Cox has also participated in a few dozen other charities. For example, she helped design and autograph shoes for the Stuart Weitzman charity shoe auction benefiting ovarian cancer awareness and research. She was also featured in the book Pets And Their Celebrities in order to raise awareness for the group Last Chance For Animals. Some of the other charities she aids are Feed America, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Hillsides, Camp Laurel, 21st Century Leaders, The Lunchbox Fund, The Rescue Train, and Toys For Tots. And, those are just a few.