Meet the incredibly charitable celebs who keep on giving
Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel and wife Miranda Kerr surprise LA art school graduates by paying off student debts
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While we often hear about extravagant celebrity purchases, from luxury cars to handbags that could pay off student loans, many stars have also decided to give back to the society that lifts them up. Beyond their mere influence or social media posts, many kindhearted celebrities have put their money where their mouth is and donated impressive sums of money to those who aren’t so fortunate. Of course, their fame and influence are also huge boosts in raising awareness for the causes that matter.
Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel and his wife, model Miranda Kerr, surprised the 285 students in the Class of 2022 graduating from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles with one whopper of a gift: all of their student debt paid off. It's the largest donation in the school's century-old history, reports LA Times, and it's estimated to be over US$10 million. The announcement was made during commencement and students were shocked and elated.
“It changed my life and made me feel at home,” Spiegel told the graduating class of his time taking summer classes at Otis. “I felt pushed and challenged to grow surrounded by super talented artists and designers, and we were all in it together.”
Spiegel and Kerr, founders of the Spiegel Family Fund, said in a statement that the college is “an extraordinary institution that encourages young creatives to find their artistic voices and thrive in a variety of industries and careers. It is a privilege for our family to give back and support the Class of 2022, and we hope this gift will empower graduates to pursue their passions, contribute to the world, and inspire humanity for years to come.”
Ready for more much-needed charitable stories like this one? In this gallery, discover some of the most admirable and generous stars around.
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