Robin Williams secretly raised $50,000 for a food bank before he passed away.
The late comic died in 2014 at the age of 63. He was one of Hollywood’s most beloved entertainers, from his laugh-out-loud stand-ups, to cherished roles in the likes of Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin and Oscar-winning work with Good Will Hunting. This year’s anniversary of his death saw a massive outpour of tributes.
Seven years later, his loss is still deeply felt across the world. However, following his death, stories of his generosity and kindness have continued to emerge.
Between 2004 and 2008, Williams managed to discretely raise around $50,000 for a food bank in Seattle, including donating the proceeds from a number of his shows – and he didn’t seek any recognition for it.
Fran Yeatts, executive director of the West Seattle Food Bank, earlier told Today, ‘I was just astounded. Robin Williams is the type of person who really understands there are a lot of people who are really, really struggling.’
Bill Bacon, a volunteer at the food bank, also told USA Today, ‘In spite of the problems that some people have, they can still aspire to great things. I think Robin Williams is a classic example of that.’
Aaron Ellis, a volunteer who met Williams back in 2004, recalled, ‘He was this real guy, this regular Joe that had the same issues. He said it was an honour for him to be able to do these things, to give back. That meant the world to me. It solidified my sobriety to this day.’
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Topics: Film and TV, Robin Williams