Celebrities Doing Good

Drake signing a check

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” — Mother Teresa

I love to see good things happen.

In a day and age when it seems that negativity permeates news and social media, it’s nice to see celebrities, and really anybody else, using their platform to change the world for the better. And over the past year I’ve seen some people do some pretty awesome things.

Just this past week, Drake gave away nearly $1 million in conjunction with his video for “God’s Plan”. In the video, Drake walks around Miami giving away cash to single moms, families, and organizations. He even buys a new car for a young man and gives $50,000 to a young woman for her college education. Despite the video’s occasionally crude language, Drake was trying to make a real difference in people’s lives. And I think he succeeded.

But Drake’s not the only celeb trying to make the world a slightly better place. Emma Watson has donated more than $1.4 million to fight sexual harassment. Instagram star, Juanpa Zurita and other YouTube celebrities have raised $1 million in less than 20 hours for those suffering from the famine in Somalia. “This is the story of what can happen when the power of social media is leveraged for something good,” said Casey Neistat, one of the YouTube celebrities involved. It’s true. We can, and have, said plenty about the negative effects of social media, but there’s also so much that can be used for good.

Take Matt Nathanson who, in his video for “Headphones”, hopped on a flight to Peru to team up with the Starkey Hearing Foundation and distribute thousands of hearing aids for free. Little children, adults and people of all ages stand outside in lines that wrap around the block just to get the chance to hear clearly once again. At the end of the video it reads: “100% of artist and label proceedings from this video are being donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Tom Holland visited the Children’s Hospital in Los Angles as Spider-Man to bring some much needed smiles to the faces of exhausted and anxious families. Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.  An article from CNN said that it was only the beginning: For every $100,000 raised for the schools, Chance’s SocialWorks nonprofit would chip in another $10,000.

None of these celebrities are perfect, of course. Some have made problematic music or starred in less-than-stellar movies. But let’s give credit where it’s due, and I get tears in my eyes when I hear about all of the people who are working to bring change to this world . Because that’s the idea, isn’t it? We all want a better life, a better future and a better world. And it all starts with that one person.

We can be that one person. Don’t be scared to step out and love the people within your reach. A Starbucks gift card here, home cooked dinner there, and maybe, slowly, we’ll all begin to be true to the Great Commission of loving our neighbors just as we love ourselves.

Who wrote this?

Kristin Smith is the most recent addition to the Plugged In team. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. When she's not writing or editing, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Eddy, and running through Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods. She loves coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan), and is eagerly awaiting the birth of her first baby, Judah.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I like how Plugged In posts these thoughtful articles but then the comment section for them always gets turned into a war torn battlefield.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like real life, ain't it?
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Dan Haynes More than 1 year ago
You say "radical feminist and SJW" like that's a bad thing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
+Dan Haynes 
Are you Witt Lowry's producer?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fail to see how this is touting. The article is not arguing that we listen to Drake's music because of what he did, or conform to the worldviews of the other celebs that are mentioned. And, to answer your question, we should be praising these people. We should be praising that those who have this spotlight and platform are trying to use it for good in the lives of those who are weak, diseased, poverty-stricken, and hated. Those are actions that correlate with everything that Christ taught and lived, and as such we should recognize those actions and applaud those who commit them. 
If you have an issue with the beliefs of these celebrities fine, go ahead and have an issue. That does not change that what they are doing is having an impact. Personally, I abhor Drake's music and I have a growing distaste for liberal Hollywood and its stars. However, I can still recognize that what these artists and celebrities do can literally change lives. I don't think that recognizing these actions in any way compromises any part of my faith. Also, to cover what I saw below, why in the world shouldn't a Christian blog write about these things? There seems to me to be no real reason for an uplifting, encouraging, insightful blog to not write about these actions that famous celebrities have taken. If you don't want to see it the solution is simple. Don't read it.