Celebrity Parents Who Give Back During The Holiday Season

Marlo Thomas gives back (Photo Credit: St. Jude Children's Hospital)

Every holiday season, many parents try to beat each other out of finding the better gift, the newest, brightest, fastest new products and toys for their kids, so it’s a breath of fresh air to take a look at these generous celebrities who’ve decided to put down the script and lend a helping hand to those in need.

Whether it’s funding cancer research at home in America or building schools faraway, these celeb parents are teaching their kids — and us — the importance of being thankful for what you have and giving back.

— Hunter Augeri

  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwen Stefani 1 of 8
    Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwen Stefani
    These two super-mommies are lending their fashion sense to the art of ornament making this year by teaming up with the Home Shopping Network. Get your hands on these cool tree-trimmings and feel good knowing that all the proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
  • Marlo Thomas 2 of 8
    Marlo Thomas
    Actress and activist Marlo Thomas told MSNBC that being thankful for the health of her own kids is why she's so committed to supporting the work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and their effort to combat catastrophic children's diseases.
  • Briget Moynahan and Catherine Bell 3 of 8
    Briget Moynahan and Catherine Bell
    If you're looking for ways to give back this holiday season, consider purchasing your stationary from Tiny Prints. Stars such as Briget Moynahan and Catherine Bell created their own ornament designs with all proceeds going to the Epidermolysis Bullosa Foundation.
  • Tim McGraw 4 of 8
    Tim McGraw
    This honky-tonkin' dad is teaming up with Hamburger Helper to deliver millions of meals to food banks across the states so those less-fortunate won't go hungry this holiday season.
  • Marcia Cross 5 of 8
    Marcia Cross
    Send your greetings this year with a card from Kodak and the Bonnie Marcus Collection personalized by celebrities who support charities that fight to end hunger and provide shelter to those in need. Proceeds from Marcia Cross' line will go to the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.
  • Kirk Douglas 6 of 8
    Kirk Douglas
    The esteemed Hollywood legend, Kirk Douglas, will be saying thanks this year by hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless at the Los Angeles Mission. How often do you get to eat a turkey carved by Spartacus?
  • Matt Damon 7 of 8
    Matt Damon
    Perfect for a last minute stocking-stuffer, this awesome water bottle will be sure to keep you from getting parched — plus you'll be happy knowing that $10 of your purchase goes to providing clean water to developing nations. The water bottle is made by, a charity developed by actor and dad, Matt Damon.
  • Robert Duvall 8 of 8
    Robert Duvall
    If you're like the rest of us, you probably plan on doing a good amount of your shopping online for the holidays. Check out the items listed by Robert Duvall, with proceeds going to the The Robert Duvall Children's Fund. Anyone you know need a Stetson hat?

    Photo Credit: Josh Jensen

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