Celebrities donating millions

By Domenique Pinho
October 14, 2005

A day in the life of a celebrity would consist of makeup, hair and riding around in their new Mercedes while getting paid an immense amount of money for doing so. The question some of us wonder is where does this large amount of money go to? Of course, Britney needed a diamond encrusted baby carriage for her new addition to her family and I’m also almost positive Arnold Schwartzeneggar couldn’t live without that private island in Figi. All jokes aside, the celebrities do donate some of their cash to The American Red Cross, for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and other dilemmas around the world, but is what their donating substantial to the millions they are worth?

After almost a month of donations to the American Red Cross, American citizens have finally reached the one billion dollar mark. Celebrities such as Celine Dion, George Clooney and Jay-Z all donated one million dollars. Being that Dion is not an American born signer, this is a substantial amount of money for her to donate. Jay Leno, one of NBC’s late night talk show comedian, has in the past donated a Harley Davidson motorcycle, signed by all of his guest, to the Tsunami Relief fund. The motorcycle was auctioned of on eBay.com for a total on $810,000.00. Leno has recently bought a second motorcycle to be signed by his quest to be auctioned off on eBay. The money earned from this motorcycle will be given to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

A concert was established called “Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.” Many celebrities performed as this concert, such as, Mariah Carey, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys and many others to raise money towards the Hurricane relief funds. Other celebrities that were present on Friday, Sept. 9, were Jennifer Aniston, Jack Nicholson and Julia Roberts. The concert raised about $30 million dollars towards the American Red Cross and Salvation Army’s Katrina relief efforts.

One of the wealthiest celebrities is missing from this ongoing list of celebrities who have donated their dollars for a good cause. Her name is Miss Britney Federline, a Louisiana native herself. Of all the money Britney is worth, it seems that she hasn’t donated a penny to her home state in a time of desperate needs. Although, Britney did not give an extra dollar to the homeless in New Orleans and surrounding areas, she did offer on her official website her thoughts and prayers. Unfortunately for the suffering victims, thoughts and prayers are not equivalent to dollars.

In all celebrities, are normal American citizens who have hearts and lots of money to prove it. One can not distinguish what is an adequate amount for another person to donate, but a person can morally know that donating is the right thing to do, especially when it is your fellow citizens that are in need.

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