posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm
It seems as though true Christian acts of kindness are taking over Hollywood.
Just recently I wrote about Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis accepting invitations from marines to attend balls and how those acceptances were fantastic ways to give back.
Another way is through an act of kindness. A great example occurred this month in Philadelphia during the filming of “The Silver Linings Playbook.” Actor Bradley Cooper gave a homeless person the coat off his back. Not only was it a designer coat, but also it was a gift from friend and fellow actor Robert De Niro.
That’s not the whole story, though. Cooper also spent thousands of dollars on coats and warm clothing for other homeless people and personally handed out the items.
The best thing about this is that Cooper saw the need himself and took matters into his own hands. He arranged for his assistant to purchase what was needed and then personally made sure that the homeless people received them. He’s blessed with Hollywood success, yet his instinct to give back was second nature.
Cooper has been dubbed a “Good Samaritan” for his deeds, but his act of kindness is reflective of a growing trend among Hollywood celebrities.
In September, actor Robert Pattinson bought a new guitar for a homeless musician in LA. Earlier this month, country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were part of 500 volunteers building homes in Haiti with Habitat for Humanity. They helped build 100 houses for families displaced by the 2010 earthquake.
Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, we see many acts of kindness, such as news stories of strangers handing out gift cards or money to homeless people or random passersby. These stories should inspire us all as Christians to offer up our own acts of kindness.
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? (James 2:15-16)
Do you or your families do anything to give to the unfortunate during the holiday season? Have you ever personally received a true act of kindness from someone? What was the act and how did it make you feel?
*Note from Nicole- Me and my husband Eric donated enough money to feed 20+ people at the Ventura County Rescue Mission this year near our house. It’s a Christian-based mission that supports homeless and poor people trying to transition back into the work force. I cleaned out my closet too and we donated about 200 pieces of clothing to their thrift shop so hopefully a girl who gets my clothes will feel confident to go out on an interview to get a job! You never know what simple act of kindness can do for someone else, It can totally transform their world! I will do an article very soon about different ideas you can give back for the holiday season! I love you all!