posted on September 17, 2012 at 10:50 am
Hollywood actor Christian Bale recently flew a 4-year-old and his family to Disneyland for lunch with him and his family. The little boy, Jayden Barber, is a leukemia patient. And after Barber’s family set up a Facebook page reporting his progress and revealing that his dream was to meet Bale, the actor made a dream come true.
They talked movies and superheros and he was genuinely happy to hear about everything Jayden wanted to tell him. Christian, his wife and daughter are three of the most beautiful people we have ever met! Christian made these arrangements for us personally and ensured we were treated like royalty. (Charlene Barber, Lighting the Batsignal for Jayden Facebook page)
As the news clip indicated, this wasn’t Bale’s first act of kindness and compassion. Following the Aurora, Colorado shooting at The Dark Knight Rises premiere earlier this year, the star visited some of the victims.
I absolutely love stories about celebrities giving back. We read so many stories about Hollywood celebrities who waste their status and wealth on addictions. I don’t know what it’s like to be a Hollywood star, but I’ve always wondered why so many choose to blow their blessings on drugs, alcohol and behaving badly.
Celebrities have so much to offer. They’ve been afforded the perfect platform and opportunity to do so much good around them and in the world. And as was proven in the case of Bale, their mere presence can bring so much joy to people, so why not take advantage of that notoriety for the sake of good?
Bale’s gift also went above and beyond. I’m sure the trip to Disneyland was fantastic, but I bet spending time with Bale and his family was the best part of the whole event. Bale had lunch with them and really took the time to learn about Jayden.
Not only does giving back make a big impact in the lives of the people who receive the gift, but also I’m confident that such acts of kindness are great ways to keep stars grounded. Celebrities are given an opportunity to put their own lives in perspective when they see everyday folk experiencing hardships and adversity.
I’m always saddened to hear stories about celebrities who throw their lives away. I honestly believe that if they took the time to help others, they’d likely be humbled and recognize the blessings they’ve been given.
Ladies, do you think that giving back is a good way for celebrities to remain grounded?