Cool Charitable Acts That Aren’t Checks
Donating to charity is a big part of the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. Beyond the obvious tax break for the super elite, donating is a way for them to give back in some way and spread the love. While the lists of charitable financial donations can go on and on, we wanted to take a moment to shine a light on the more unconventional kindnesses.
Earlier this year, famously charitable pop singer Taylor Swift showed up to a fan’s bridal shower. This kindness not only made the fan’s heart stop, it was immortalized with a really cool gift pack (kitchen tools, pots and dishes) and a hand-painted water color piece by Swift herself. That’s a magical thing to do. It’s amazing how happy acts of kindness can make someone. It doesn’t take a million dollars either.
There’s a lot of pressure to be super charitable when you’re the richest man in the world. Bill Gates has held the title multiple times and has certainly spread the wealth over the years. But one of his smaller kindnesses is one that made media waves and made someone’s holidays much brighter. Of course, we’re talking about the time Gates gave a stuffed animal cow and a real cow (donated it in her name) as a secret santa gift on Reddit.
During her show’s famous holiday giveaways, she simply re-gifted an Oscar’s gift bag after she hosted the ceremony this year. The lucky audience member walked away with thousands of dollars worth of swag, including international vacations. Who said re-gifting was a bad thing again? The Life Elite doesn’t suspect the audience member had a problem with it.
The billionaire businessman may be known for living in the former Spelling manor and his controversial taste in art (his bid on a van Dyck painting rallied thousands of citizens in the largest art campaign in British history) but James Stunt is also generous. The art collector loaned the Boston Museum of Fine Arts several paintings earlier this year, including a 17th century van Dyck. Most people these days wouldn’t loan a stranger the ketchup on their restaurant table, let alone art worth millions!