September 25th, 2009
11:49 AM ET

Finding the good ... everywhere!

Look what you've started!  Not only has your response to our little "TMZ antidote" been overwhelming (and heartwarming), but suddenly do-gooding celebs are coming out of the woodwork!

Thursday, the Clinton Global Initiative honored Brad Pitt for helping to rebuild hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.  So far, Pitt's "Make It Right" project has completed 13 eco-friendly single-family houses in the city's Ninth Ward, all with such features as "green roofs" which dramatically reduce heating and cooling costs.  Pitt says the project's goal is to build 150 such houses.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood trade paper Variety hosted a "Power of Women" luncheon in Beverly Hills, and I don't know whether it was a coincidence, or they were just sucking up to you Find The Good readers, but it seemed everyone wanted to discuss their charitable work:

  • Christina Aguilera was honored for her role in the World Hunger Relief program.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis talked about her involvement with Starlight Starbright, which she says helped her young son when he landed in the hospital with a ruptured spleen a few years back.
  • "Mad Men" star and shark lover January Jones told us about her work to save the world's oceans with Oceana.
  • One of my favorite actresses, Maria Bello, discussed being an active member of the Save Darfur Coalition.
  • And perhaps most apropos to this blog, Anne Hathaway is one of many celebs working with Service Nation, which is trying to "inspire a new era of voluntary citizen service."

Because reading about all of these worthy causes is great, but at some point, you do want to get involved, right?


soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Crystal Jacquez

    San Francisco, CA

    WHY PEDOPHILES ARE FALLING IN LOVE WITH SINGLE MOMS

    Pedophiles are learning to love single moms. Not because these predators are changing their sexual preferences, but because many single moms are inadvertently creating happy hunting grounds for that subspecies of pedophiles who like their prey young – really young.

    “Think of it” says Crystal the Jacquez, managing editor of Guys That Lie.com, an online back grounding site. “If you’re one of the tens of thousands of pedophiles with a taste for really young kids, how do you get to them? Children under five or six are just too young to be online by themselves.”

    “So what does this most dangerous form of pedophiles do?” asks Jacquez, “He surfs social networking sites looking for the pages of proud single mothers just aching to show potential dates how beautiful their children are and just hoping to attract men who will not only will love them, but will love their children too.

    Well, the single moms who put photos of their pre-school kids on their social networking homepages are certainly attracting at least one type of child-loving guy – pedophiles”

    “And single mothers almost always do it.” says, Jacquez. “Just look at the pages of Facebook and MySpace. It’s not only incredibly dangerous but worse, most single moms have absolutely no idea that it’s dangerous at all!”

    Literally, millions of single moms are now on social networks like Facebook and MySpace - and almost all of them proudly show off photos of their kids on their homepages and profiles.

    So if you’re a pedophile stalking preschoolers, half an hour of searching out single mothers on social sites and you’ve got a dozen lush candidates – photos and all – just a few key strokes away”.

    Not only that, continues Jacquez, “but the predators know that these kids are often protected only by lonely, vulnerable women. WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY! It’s a pedophile’s dream!

    Read this excerpt from a report in the journal American Psychologist, published by the American Psychological Association, regarding pedophiles stalking pre-schoolers on the internet:

    “Finding prepubescent victims directly (on the Internet) is quite rare; such offenders use the Internet in other ways. Pedophiles typically get access to preschool victims through online contact with parents”

    “If you have pictures of your child on line,” says Jacquez, “don’t be too surprised to get a message like the following from some nice sounding guy”:

    “Hey! I just saw your profile on Facebook and you are one great looking lady - and that little girl of yours is just marvelous looking! She looks so bright etc. etc. etc!”

    “You’re going to have a new best friend very soon,” she says. “Count on it!”

    Who hasn’t heard of Lolita, one of the most famous books in America, in which the pedophile gets access to the prepubescent daughter by courting her divorced mother. You can still see the movie on cable TV with James Mason and Shelley Winters as the grown-ups and Sue Lyon as Lolita.?

    Jacquez also cites the following statistic from: Offender Characteristics, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics re. Victim-offender relationships in sexual assault regarding who sexually assaults children under 6 years old.

    Who assaults children under 6 years old:

    Trusted family members: 48.6%
    Strangers: 3.1%
    Trusted family acquaintances: 48.3%

    “If a pedophile targets your child’s photo on your homepage, trust us,” says Jacquez, “they’ll become a ‘trusted family acquaintance’ soon enough. “

    “Don’t close down your social network homepages” Jacquez says. “Just get those photos of your kids off them!”

    “One thing more thing,” says Jacquez, “when you meet a new guy online, check him out immediately with us at Guys That Lie.com (www.guysthatlie.com). Our site is free and was built in order to empower women to check out the backgrounds of guys that they meet online.

    “First, check our Child Molesters Section where we access the photos and home addresses of over almost 1,000,000 registered sex offenders. Then check him out in our Criminal Records Section. Then check to see if he’s using a phony name. After that, check out all his claims about his background. There is no way,” she says, “that you can be too careful.”

    Guys and Lies also has a special page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/guysthatlie and on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/guysthatlie.S

    Jacquez asks you to please forward this article to single moms you know who have their kid’s photos online..

    Contact:
    Crystal Jacquez, managing editor
    Guys That Lie.com
    415 678-8610
    crystal02@guysthatlie.com

    http://www.guysthatlie.com

    October 23, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rob Chicago

    Celebrities make tens to hundreds of millions of dollars a year. They work about 40 to 100 days a year. The rest of the time they spent partying, breaking the law and being bad role models. Then, when they spend a few days and a few 100k on charity, we run out and praise them.

    Now, on the other hand we have insurance company CEOs (and other CEOs). These folks work 50 weeks a year, 100 hours a week. There decisions impact the lives of tens of thousands of workers. If they make a wrong decision, clients suffer and workers suffer. They make tens of millions of dollars for this (but still often less than A-list celebrities). They don't get to party. They don't get time to see there families. They do serve on non-profit boards and donate to charity.

    Yet, in our twisted logic, we love to praise the wild-partying, not working celebs, but demonize the hard-working, value delivering CEOs. Ah, liberal logic at its best.

    September 28, 2009 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marky

    I'm amazed that any of the posters here are criticizing anyone who is helping people anywhere in the world. If it's an actor or celebrity, and they do something for people in the USA or Darfurl Hooray! If it's an ordinary person and they do something for anyone anywhere; Hooray! Who are we to judge what is put on their heart to support with their efforts and their money? If they choose to adopt from another country, there may be excellent reasons for that and it is only their business. Each of us needs to look in the mirror and pay attention to our own giving and our own lives and stop being so judgmental about others. Wow! I'm wondering what they are doing to help others while they are complaining about someone else's giving?!

    September 27, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carol Johnson

    Congratulations on this story! I love to hear about the good things the celebs are doing! Watching hundreds of actors and actresses on TV,and movies, makes me think that the majority of the stars are leading healthy, productive lives or else why would the tabloids have to resort to having The Pitts, or Kate and Jon on EVERY cover!!

    September 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. foodforthought

    That is nice that they give back something to the community. I used to work for a TWA and my husband and I were feeding over 750 women/children/homeless a week for almost 20 years -in St. Louis, Philadelphia, Detroit and Orlando. I have also worked with Habitat for Humanity for the last 8 years, and we helped build over 50 houses in these areas. All of the food served was made with my own money, while I had two kids and my husband ran a radio station and ministry.
    The two of us were making around 40 grand per year – so, sorry i'm not that impressed with 13 houses. I ran a Meals on Wheels program for several years, and left when I found out that only 17 cents per dollar had to be spent towards the program – which included salaries, insurance, etc, when I started working at the program, they were feeding less than 20 people a week, I took the program over 1000 meals per week and the director wanted me to cut back to less than 100. Sorry, just ranting. Knowing the amount of monies wasted on paying overhead, my boss and his wife were making over 200,000 per year, plus bought a 500,000 kitchen to feed these 100 people. Hoping that Obama's health care can do a better job of using our tax dollars.

    September 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill and Bob

    As a Catholic i endeavor to find the "Christ" in everyone I meet, and although like all I frequently come up short on this effort, it still serves me well in guiding my focus. I believe we can all lift each other up, and unfortunately our world is filled with family, friends and co-workers that try to pull us down to their level rather than appreciate us and come up to ours. By seeing the good in others and doing good deeds, we make our lives and the lives of people and animals around us better!

    September 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Larry - Kentucky

    I would like to bring attention to the NASCAR community. Much of this charitable work is so low-key that even many NASCAR fans are not aware of it. But for those who are interested, Jayski's NASCAR site lists many of the racing-related charitable events:

    jayski.com/pages/charities.htm

    September 27, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cherie

    Why is it if you are a celebrity doing good, you are better than someone who isn’t a celebrity doing the same thing. The difference is that they have millions and have to have the need to show that they are doing important things with there money. Lets look at this the other way, would they still do the same thing if they were just a commoner/ normal person with a normal life. Don’t get me wrong it’s good that they help out in all these different things but why are they better than the normal Joe that does the same thing without getting the same attention. Giving to any charity is a good thing, and I hope that who ever gets help from these charity knows that all people whether rich or poor are trying to make a difference.

    September 27, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fran

    What about Jimmy Carter? He has done so much good without looking for a pat on the back. He and his wife, Rosaline, are such giving people, real humanitarians.

    September 27, 2009 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bubba

    Good on you, mates! It's easy to criticize a celebrity for doing "Out of the Blue" things. But has anyone thought that they follow through with these things because they have the $$$ to do it with and can make good their wishes? I know that wanting to do things in the least little bit (like helping my family more) costs money and feel like hell for not being able to do them. Major kudos to those who can follow through.

    September 27, 2009 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. rb

    i will always think that they are treating themselves as a PRODUCT. and this is GOOD for their BUSINESS.

    there is saying

    if you gave with right hand, left hand doesn't have to know

    September 27, 2009 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    I've been doing my part for many years now – I joined Plan International, and I've been sponsoring several kids in various parts of the world. My first was over 8 years ago.

    It's true that $10 goes a long way... $20 a month for each of my kids feeds them, gets them to school, and helps out their community.

    So, even if you don't think you have the time to volunteer – you CAN do something. Send in a check... sponsor a kid... help find a cure.. whatever you can do! And you don't even need to be a celebrity to make a difference ;)

    September 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Celebrity Digs HQ

    We love it when celebs are in the news for doing great things. We blog about celebrity houses. On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we made a point to feature a story on Brad Pitt's Make It Right campaign. Sadly, we noticed that very few in the celebrity gossip press (who practically stalk Brad) even mentioned his efforts.

    CelebrityDigsHQ.com

    September 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. I Find Dead People

    I love the fact that there are people helping... celebrities using their money to help others. My problem is that those that are helping people in other countries. We have a hard enough time in the United States. Why would someone want to help in Darfur? I commend Brad Pitt and all of those that help in the United States. I just have a really hard time understanding how and why we help everywhere else including adopting children in other countries when we have so many problems here.

    September 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tim

    “Power of Women” luncheon in Beverly Hills??? These people make millions pretending.. Give me a friken break. A bunch of pampers freaks are not *POWER* anything

    September 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  16. marc

    who really cares what any of these people do, they are idolized, why?

    Our values are so screwed up in this country. I dont get it.

    September 26, 2009 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  17. Shimmy like my sister kate

    nobody has to give anything if they do not want to. if celebrities give – good for them, they don't have to do it. What is intersesting to me is people that critisize others ( you help animals- why not people.? You adopt from a foriegn country, why not here,? blah blah). Recently we found out about a neighbor 3 blocks away that had no electrcity or water – but they still bought Girl Scout cookies. Nobody has to givd anything – and no one should bash them because of it. However, it is not the people tha talk about animals meaning more than people or whatever comparison that usually help. The people that say the least do the most. Bashers usually help no one – prove me otherwise

    September 26, 2009 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  18. Dave

    Greg (San Fran).... Hilton? Kardashian? Didn't realize they were "celebrities" to begin with :)

    September 26, 2009 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  19. Adrienne

    Tony Moral, plenty of the charities mentioned here are located in the US, and work to benefit people in the US. And a lot of these celebrities give to many more charities than were mentioned in this article. But that's all really beside the point.

    I'm amazed that you can criticize people for giving to the 'wrong' charity, or for helping the 'wrong' people. I imagine that someone who can read a story like this and actually become angered by it must rarely experience true happiness, joy or love. I actually feel sorry for you; you must lead a very lonely and miserable life.

    September 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Connie

    Hey Bill in LA, Don't blame celebrities if the public finds out about their charitable works. It's likely that their publicists/agents are doing the bragging, not the actual celebs themselves. As for Tony Moral, I'm sorry but nothing compares to the suffering that goes on in 3rd world countries. In this country even most poor people have cars. Food is as close as your local shelter or church. Take a trip to Africa and see if you don't feel differently about Darfur.

    September 25, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tony Moral

    Amazing....if these rich celebrities want to give something back, what about giving back the money? oh wait, they don't want to give that much back. Who cares about Dafur??? I could care less about people dying in some 3rd world country. We need this money in our country. I guess it's not as appealing to some of these overpriviliged morons. Hey, if you're photographed holding some malnourished african kid, that's instant page 3 in People. Some world....

    September 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Tracy

    Keep it coming – inspirational .... doing my part by joining the Jubliee Housing project in DC for a work day on Oct 3. I'd like to see a sprinkle of every day Jane or John Doe in this blog (and not just the celebs). Cheers to everyone not standing on the side line .....

    September 25, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ger

    Hey...Mr. David Daniel – thank you for your comments. I surely meant no disrespect to you! Keep the good stuff rolling in!!!

    September 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. TN09

    I forgot to add this! Giving to your fellow man is really easy and doesn't take a lot of time or money. The poster above said even $10 can help.
    Since it is the weekend, I challenge each and every one of you to do one kind deed this weekend, anything just do something Y'all!

    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-321648

    September 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Bill - Los Angeles CA

    While I think it is wonderful that celebs are acting like real people, I always find it curious when they jump up and say "look at the great things I'm doing"! A true hero is someone that does good for his fellow man without the need to take credit for it. Note: I work in entertainment industry and there are LOADS of celebs that do this kind of work without anyone ever knowing what they give or the work they do. I applaud these heroes!

    September 25, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Eric

    Always glad to see that there are some celebrities that do their part to help the world, not trash it up with some scandal (take your pick here). Like someone else noted, kinda interesting that the celebs mentioned are very good at their respective craft. Coincedence or not, it's good to see. I'd much rather read something like this than the usual Britney/Kanye/Jon & Kate drama.

    September 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ann

    i feel very impressed with our celebrities.all these make them seem more real than what we see on our screens.

    September 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jay

    Its a disappointing reflection of our society and media that Celebrity News is equalized to trashy distasteful information. Celebrities are as complex as any other human beings and they have BOTH good and bad sides of their personality. Its wrong to say that readers only want to read news which proves that celebrities are dysfunctional , mean and/or stupid. I hope that news is a fair , positive coverage of their lives not mean,trashy,useless and intrusive.Reading other people's imperfections is hardly a motivation one hopes. Often while reading 'Celebrity News' one wonders why is anybody writing articles on this person ? And why are people reading about them ? eg. Paris Hilton. For my part i make it a point NOT to click on such news links. Hope people do this more often to make a difference

    September 25, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  29. John

    Way to go TN09!

    And, by involving your teen, you are passing it on. Excellent.

    September 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Elizabeth Watson

    "A lot of people are going to read this and say: 'Gee, when I get rich, I'll do this too.' But a real capitalist knows that $10 given today does a lot more good than $100 given 10 years from now. So even if you're not rich, don't wait. There are good organizations out there that can use $10."
    – Yvon Chouinard, Founder, Patagonia

    September 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Geri

    Good people (famous or not) are everywhere. We need to hear more about them, no matter who they are.....

    September 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  32. judy

    It's in error to assume that all people are the same and really want the bad. Keep giving us this choice and see what happens.....I'm telling everyone and they are liking it.....a lot!

    September 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. TN09

    It's great to read some good news about the good the famous are doing and people need to know that even the smallest goodwill can be done. My teenager and I go out once a month, make about 20 sack lunches and feed the homeless. I am a single Mom who lost the home to foreclosure and live pay check to pay check. We are not affiliated with any organizations or groups, we just to it to give back to others who have less than us. There is always someone worse off than you and you can help your fellow man even in the smallest ways. Pay it forward Y'all!

    September 25, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Melina

    Jewel was also doing something about clean drinking water around the world with her Clear Water Project long before Justin Timberlake decided to climb a mountain for it.

    September 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Thanks again, David. Interesting to note that all of the celebrities you cited are very talented at their respective crafts. Not a Kardashian or Hilton in the bunch. Coincidence?

    September 25, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Sue

    'country' not 'countrym'

    September 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sue

    Love to hear about the good.. we, as a countrym, need the inspiration

    September 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Dana

    another great story: look up 'Who Wears Purple Best'

    September 25, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ricky

    It's nice that some celebrities are doing "good things" but all of those celebrities were honored for their ONGOING service. Celebrities aren't starting to act good now, due to an outrage over Kanye and Serena. Brad Pitt was building houses in New Orleans before anyone knew who Kanye West or Taylor Swift was.

    My point to this is I don't think there's a wave of "bad celebrities" as much as it's really press coverage. With this entry, you mention how feel-good stories like this might inspire people to do good. But what does that matter when everyone would rather watch Serena Williams yell at someone? As has been proven time and time again craziness = ratings. People do report on the good the famous people do - they just don't care about it.

    As much as we say we want to read about the good the celebrities are doing, we really want to read about the bad. There's a reason why they are called GOSSIP magazines and not GOOD VALUES magazine. Gossip sells.

    September 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Ger

    Great news!
    Please don't get preachy with this ("Because reading about all of these worthy causes is great, but at some point, you do want to get involved, right?") Most DO "get involved" more than that cynical comment would indicate.

    September 25, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN Entertainment Senior Producer David Daniel

      I promise to keep the preachiness to a minimum - just commenting on Service Nation's mission. In fact, I would think/hope that folks interested in reading about good works would be the ones most likely to do good works.

      September 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

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