'Tis the season of thanks and giving, and for some hot headed celebrities it's hard to picture them falling into this seasonal category. But to our surprise, this group of 10 have actually given back to various charities and organizations.
1. Miley Cyrus
With Miley's twerking, joint smoking, and provocative wardrobe choices one wouldn't think she has time for helping the less fortunate, but the twenty-year-old actually spends a good amount of her time supporting charities such as the Starkey Hearing Foundation
, Make-A-Wish Foundation
, Amnesty International
, Blessings in a Backpack
and more. In 2008 during her "Best of Both Worlds" tour, Miley donated $1 from every ticket sold to City of Hope
, which works to prevent cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and successfully raised over $1 million. Miley also co-founded an organization called Get Ur Good On
that provides volunteer opportunities for young people to get involved with.
2. Kanye West
Kanye is known for having one of Hollywood's biggest egos and he's not going to take a back seat anytime soon. But what people might not know about Yeezus is that he's supported over 18 charities, including his own non-profit Donda's House
, named after his mother and aims to help keep kids in school. Although West's foundation allegedly spent $500K in 2010, of which zero went to charitable means, this past summer Donda's House came back with a new 10-week music program called "Got Bars" and opened studio doors to Chicago teens involved with the program.
3. Paris Hilton
Remember Paris Hilton's short-run music career? Her single "Stars Are Blind" made number 18 on Billboard's Hot 100 back in 2006. Hilton's mother Kathy told PR.com that there's a side of Paris we don't see, and that the socialite makes a point to visit underprivileged children on almost every business trip and vacation she takes. Hilton has also made several visits to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and supports over twenty charities including Feeding America
, Make-A-Wish Foundation
, Education Africa
4. Chris Brown
Singer Chris Brown has gotten himself into trouble time and time again, typically stemming from aggression issues. After his physical abuse on ex-girlfriend Rihanna, Brown donated funds to programs that educate youth on issues of domestic violence. In 2012 he launched Symphonic Love
, a non-profit organization that uses creative arts to promote everyday public service and positivity.
5. Lindsay Lohan
LiLo has been staying out of the limelight for the most part, and despite her multiple DUI charges and failures to appear in court over the years the actress has still been active in charity work. Lohan has supported causes against human trafficking, donated $50K in 2011 to The Baby and I Foundation
, which helps expecting mothers ages 14-24 who are financially unstable, and in 2012 she hosted an event for Red Cross after an earthquake hit in Haiti, raising over $160K. She also supports charities like Save the Children
, ONE Campaign
and Hear the World
6. Jessica Simpson
Despite her ginormous pregnancies, Jessica Simpson is more than meets the eye. She has been one of Operation Smile's
International Youth Ambassadors since 2003 and has generated over $4 million from just news coverage alone. She has also donated shoes to Soles4Souls
, supported Variety- the Children's Charity
and several other health and education charities.
The no-holding back pop singer isn't typically viewed as a humanitarian, but in January 2013 she headlined the Presidential Inaugural Charity Benefit for Musicians on Call
, which brings artists to the bedsides of sick patients, and supports charities like American Foundation for AIDS Research
and Amnesty International
8. Sinead O'Connor
The Sinead-Miley feud brought this 90s star back into the spotlight, but it wasn't necessarily a positive light. In spite of that, O'Connor does have a soft side and is an activist for charities like ActionAid
, American Foundation for AIDS Research
and Amnesty International
After Eminem's choice words on his latest album The Marshall Mathers LP 2
offended gay rights groups, collaborator Sia decided to donate all royalties made from her song with Eminem "Beautiful Pain" to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, but has Eminem himself redeemed his name? He may not be one to support gay rights, but the rapper did create The Marshall Mathers Foundation, which helps disadvantaged youth in Detroit as well as other areas in the U.S., and in one case donated $10K to a family of a six-year-old boy who underwent a kidney transplant.
10. Lil Wayne
In 2010 Lil Wayne spent eight months jail for possession of marijuana and a pistol, where he wrote and released new material. But what many people might not know is Weezy donates much of his time to charity, something the rapper likes to keep on the DL. In 2012 he launched the DEWeezy Campaign with Mountain Dew, which encourages creativity among youth, performed a charity concert for Jay-Z's Carter Fund
, made an advertisment for The Motivational Edge
charity, and gave away approximately 500 Thanksgiving turkeys to New Orleans families in 2011.