Many people like to knock on celebrities because of the fame and money they have, but many of these stars also acknowledge how fortunate they are and give back a lot of their time and money.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but rather a collection of inspiring photos that all too often get buried under the paparazzi shots that tend to make the headlines.
While on a humanitarian trip with the United Nations World Food Programme, Christina served food to children in Ecuador.
Orlando paid a visit to Syrian refugees during a UNICEF trip.
Want to bend it like Beckham? He played soccer with schoolchildren during a visit on behalf of UNICEF to meet with survivors from the 2013 typhoon that devastated the region.
Over in Singapore, Andrew got his hands dirty and helped plants trees with kids for the WWF and Earth Hour.
During the holidays, Anne served food to children at the Kids Cafe in New York’s Harlem neighborhood.
While she does tons of charity work, this particular shot caught her visiting a Syrian refugee camp in Zahle, Lebanon, when she was traveling on behalf of the United Nations to meet refugees who had been displaced due to the Syrian civil war.
Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde
In May 2013, Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde paired up to host the Revlon Run/Walk For Women in NYC.
As an ambassador for International Medical Corps. in March 2010, Sienna took a philanthropic trip to Haiti to meet with the residents.
Exhibiting model behavior, Gisele planted seeds with 80 kids in So Paolo, Brazil.
Lace ’em up! Gabrielle auctioned off a pair of sneakers to raise money for the cause at the June Susan G. Komen Global Race For the Cure in Washington DC.
Hungry for inspiration? Chef Ming Tsai and actor Matt Damon shared a laugh and lunch during the Family Reach Foundation’s Cooking Live event.
As part of her commitment to Northern Crown Children’s Charity, the supermodel visited an orphanage in Moscow.
Putting a bow on her various efforts, Sandra cut the ceremonial ribbon at New Orleans’s Warren Easton Charter High School at the campus health clinic that she helped fund.
At an event for DoSomething.org, Nicole helped restore the CITYarts Mosaic Peace Wall in NYC.
It was a roll of the dice that saw Ben gamble for a good cause at an LA charity event.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
A much younger then-couple Britney and Justin participated in *NSYNC’s Challenge For the Children basketball game in Las Vegas.
Surprise! Beyonc surprised students at a public school in New York’s Harlem neighborhood as part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.
While visiting the Savoy School with First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington DC., Kerry performed with students during an event.
Her royal efforts are too numerous to name, but here The Duchess of Cambridge spent time in the great outdoors with children at an Expanding Horizons Primary School camp in Kent, England.
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston
These two blonde bombshells teamed up for the Stand Up to Cancer fundraising event.
In her native Sydney, Australia, Miranda stopped in to promote the Kids Helpline.
Go green! She rolled up her sleeves and gardened for a good cause with kids in support of Save the Children.
Since the actress has supported the charity effort as a brand ambassador since 1996, it made sense that she hosted the Revlon Run/Walk For Woman in L.A.
This royal is always giving his time, but in this shot he got down and busted a move with schoolchildren during his visit to the Kananelo Centre For the Deaf in Lesotho.
The singer struck a pose with staff and children at the Be the Change event in Washington DC.
Here the singer and businesswoman posed with a young patient named Meena at the annual gala for her Operation Smile initiative.
He’s known for his environmental initiatives and efforts, and here he joined the People’s Climate March in NYC.
Feeling quite thankful, the actress served Thanksgiving dinner at the L.A. Mission.
Run, Matthew! Run! And he did, hitting the pavement with dozens of runners in L.A. as part of his own charity event with J.K. Livin, which encourages youth to lead active lifestyles.
As an Avon spokesperson, Zoe visited the Red Cross in the Dominican Republic.
This Twilight star doesn’t care if the kids at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are more Team Jacob or Team Edward.
Kim, Kourtney, and Khlo Kardashian
Since the sisters are usually caught doing something half-naked, it’s nice to see them teamed up with Babies “R” Us to surprise military moms-to-be with gifts at a New Jersey event.
Good fences make good pictures, like this one of Cameron getting down and dirty with volunteers while building a fence in Boston.
Although the singer was named one of the top charitable celebs this past year, this particular instance finds T-Swift meeting up with young ambassadors from Save the Children for a Christmas event in London.
Ho, Ho, holy cow he’s tall. But this NBA star also hosted a holiday event for kids in Miami as part of his Wade’s World Foundation.
The NFL star doesn’t only make headlines for deflated balls, but also hosts a football challenge for Best Buddies International in Boston.
Like the other royals already mentioned, Prince William spends a majority of his time helping out worthy causes, much like participating in St. Basil’s youth homeless charity project in Birmingham, London.
In a rather odd pairing, the actress hooked up with boxer Sugar Ray Leonard for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes in L.A.
No word if he carpooled with Jennifer Love Hewitt, but the actor helped prepare food for the homeless at the L.A. Mission on Thanksgiving Day.
The knockout (see what I did there?) posed with Lucille Saraco to help punch a way to the cure with a $5.6 million check for the fight against breast cancer in NYC.
Again, many celebrities do a variety of charitable events and donate their time and money, but those shots aren’t seen quite as much as they should be.