With the Grammy Awards just behind us and the Oscars on the way, celebrities are everywhere—being honored for their creativity, talent and red carpet fashion sense. But we think it’s high time that stars were recognized for the impressive work they do outside the limelight! Read on for a brief roundup of just a few of these stars with “hearts of gold” and the worthwhile causes they support.
Gisele Bündchen: A supermodel in the true sense of the word, Gisele has devoted her time and energy off the runway to more causes than we can possibly list here. Most notably, Gisele’s a staunch supporter of environmental causes and dedicates part of her website to environmental issues. She’s received numerous awards for her environmental efforts, and in 2009, she was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2012 marked her first official visit to Africa as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador—and we can’t wait to see where 2013 takes her!
Jessica Simpson: Multi-talented Jessica is passionate about helping kids smile. Since 2003, she has served as an International Youth Ambassador for Operation Smile, an organization that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide and also helps countries to become self-sufficient in providing these surgeries. She’s helped spread awareness for Operation Smile by performing at events, speaking on Capitol Hill and even traveling to Kenya.
Jordin Sparks: Established in 1997, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation provides children with a complete education—including music. Famous singers and musicians have a critical role in the success of the Foundation, serving as “ambassadors” who support the organization. Among the newest crop of ambassadors is Jordin Sparks, the “American Idol” champ who’s gone on to great success as a singer and added acting to her repetoire last year in the movie Sparkle.
America Ferrera: This young actress taught us all about beauty on the inside through her character on Ugly Betty. Like Betty, America knows a thing or two about kindness and giving back. She helped raise money to construct an elementary school in the African nation of Mali on behalf of Save the Children, and she’s a supporter of both American Graduate and the American Freedom Foundation.
Jennie Garth: Every 22 seconds around the world a child dies from preventable water-related disease. That’s why actress Jennie Garth supports Water4—an organization that not only provides clean water to rural communities, but also works to train and support leaders to be the solution for their own community’s need.
Jennifer Aniston: Jennifer has lent her talents to many non-profits and charitable organizations, including earthquake victims in Haiti and kids at Tijuana’s Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage (via Friends of El Faro). But perhaps she’s best known for her well-publicized support for cancer treatment—she’s appeared in several ads for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and been an active proponent of Stand Up to Cancer.
Be sure to visit our “Celebrity Good” page for more celebs with hearts of gold! Check out both Jennifer and Jordin in this “Hey St. Jude” video for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital:
What celebrity do you most admire for her charitable work? Nominate your “stars with heart” in the comments!
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