11 Celebrities Who Are Genuinely Good People
In the movie Dead Man Walking, Susan Sarandon played Sister Helen Prejean, a nun who grew close to a man on Death Row. The movie was based on a true story, and in August, the real Sister Helen got in touch with Sarandon to urge her to campaign on behalf of Death Row prisoner Richard Glossip, who was scheduled to be executed on September 16th in Oklahoma.
Sarandon used her fan following to amass more than 150,000 signatures on a petition urging Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to stay the execution until the case could be reviewed. Her tireless campaign for clemency paid off, and she succeeded in gaining a full year for Glossip’s lawyers to fight for his life.
Even though she’s only 25 years old, Harry Potter star Emma Watson is an inspiration to young people everywhere. In 2014, she was invited to speak at the United Nations General Assembly about feminism, and used her platform to announce the start of a campaign called HeForShe, which aims to motivate men and boys to fight gender inequality.
In addition to her eloquent support for gender equality, Watson also volunteers her time in more practical ways. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York, Watson hit the desolate streets to help deliver meals to the elderly for City Meals on Wheels. After she was finished for the day, she tweeted out a picture of her name tag to encourage others to pitch in and help.
Taylor Swift is so devoted to her fans that it’s hard to figure out which one of her good deeds is most worthy of mention in this article. She regularly donates in secret to different hospitals’ GoFundMe campaigns, which has led to the website increasing its limit on donations.
In addition to donating tons of money, Swift also goes out of her way to make personal connections with her loving fans. For Christmas 2014, Taylor sent out personal gift boxes to some of her biggest supporters. Several of them filmed themselves opening the gifts, and what was inside was truly special: jewelry, hand-written notes, and sometimes even cheques to help pay off student loans.