When looking at relationships it is impossible to really know what goes behind closed doors and no one should. When it comes to celebrity couples, many seem to break up after just a short time, and allegedly for selfish reasons. But, there are some couples that beat these odds. Maybe there could be a new adage for them: "Couples That Volunteer Together, Stay Together". I am talking about none other than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
What is the most striking about them is that they appear to be really happy. They both are successful in their own right and they also give a tremendous amount to charity. This charity is not only money, but their time. They may be even more famous for their charity work than for the movies they make.
Don't get me wrong, they have made some great movies. It helps that Angelina is stunning and the daughter of Jon Voight. And, Brad Pitt, to say he is gorgeous and makes your heart flutter is an understatement. The man is sexy. Instead of using their fame to catapult them to super dollars and ignoring the public, they have used their movie roles, money and fame to catapult them to the top of celebrity donors from across the globe.
What is nice about what they do for the world is that everyone can copy them. While we may not be giving as much, we certainly can donate money and time. Since they have six children, imagine the lessons that have been impressed upon them. It is what you do with the money you earn, not necessarily the job. Whether you are a carpenter, writer, or A-list actor, everyone can give back.
Examples of places you can volunteer:
- Homeless shelters
- Soup kitchens
When I think back to the horrible images of Hurricane Katrina, I can't help but shed a tear at the pure human loss and tragedy. But, thanks to so many regular citizens giving back and giving of their time, New Orleans has been slowly revitalizing. Brad and Angelina were at the frontlines of charities such as the Make It Right Foundation and Global Green. They have been responsible to rebuilding many parts of the city with green initiatives. They were rewarded with an award from the United States Green Building Council. In 2006 alone they donated $8 million, and this does not include the time that each of them spent on the ground raising money for other charities.
As a couple they have been at the forefront of raising money and awareness of the tragedy in Haiti and the horrors of the Darfur Crisis. In 2009 the Jolie-Pitt Foundation dedicated itself to eradicating rural poverty. Knowing that whatever they touch turns to gold, this author has confidence that they will.
Examples of Charities you can help:
- Red Cross
- United Way
- Children's Cancer Fund
- Teacher's Without Borders
While we certainly don't have the wealth that this couple may have, we can do a lot. If you don't have the money to donate try your time. There are plenty of local food banks that need your help. Plus, I guarantee, after a couple hours of serving others who are less fortunate, you will be a lot more forgiving with your family. Maybe that is the key to understanding this couple's strong relationship. The more you give, the more you love.
-Jackie Woods covers Hollywood for GreatGreenIdea.com, a site that is dedicated to healthy living and the green world.
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