Little Axl Jack is certainly set to inherit many great qualities from his superstar parents. I’m thinking: teen idol good looks, an amazing singing voice, plus acting chops from both mom and dad. But when I had the good fortune to talk with Josh Duhamel at the unveiling of the Valspar Hearts and Hands for Habitat Campaign, what he most wanted for his son, he said, was for him to “not be a brat.” In other words, to grow up with compassion and a natural inclination to help others in need.
You may be more familiar with Duhamel’s on-screen work — and yes, he does look just as smoldering in person — but for years, one of Duhamel’s priorities has been helping to raise money and awareness for disaster relief charities. Most recently, Josh joined Valspar Hearts and Hands for Habitat Campaign, a joint effort on the parts of Valspar Paint and Habitat for Humanity, to auction off handprints made by celebs and notable personalities to benefit Habitat’s Disaster Response Program.
How adorable is this? Josh’s print includes his purple handprint plus a set of little ones he made in honor of Axl (it was before the baby arrived) with a note that reads “& son.”
Check out the slideshow below to see more about Josh Duhamel’s giving history, and find out about other celebrities who are throwing themselves behind the causes they believe in.
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Like a real superhero, Josh Duhamel knows how to respond in a crisis. Josh was even more motivated to work with Habitat after his home town of Minot, North Dakota experienced devastating flooding in 2011. Many folks, including Josh's sister, lost their homes, and the tragedy only underscored the essential work that Habitat does, like the ongoing rebuilding that continues for years even after the TV cameras have gone.
Previously, he's organized a charity run to raise money for earthquake victims in Japan via the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Rim Tsunami fund. He did a similar run to support earthquake victims in Haiti in 2010. In 2011, the actor organized a benefit concert — and drafted the Black Eyed Peas to perform — to support the recovery in Minot. Last winter, he partnered with the Red Cross for their annual youth run in Santa Monica. Funds raised will go towards helping Southern Californians prepare for disasters.
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The music icon has supported many charities, from UNICEF to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2006, she helped create Raising Malawi, an organization aiming to end poverty and hardship endured by 2 million orphans and vulnerable children in the sub-saharan African nation. Both of Madonna's adopted children, David and Mercy, are from Malawi.
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The country star teamed up with Chase to offer mortgage-free homes to military vets, via a program called Operation HomeFront. Recently, he also partnered with Duracell to donate one million batteries to first responders and emergency workers across the country and to celebrate the incredibly brave jobs they do, with a video series called Quantum Heroes.
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In 2008, the breast cancer survivor and mom of Sadie, 2, launched her own cancer charity called Right Action For Women. The organization's mission is to offer financial aid to high-risk women who can't afford preventative care, such as MRIs or genetic testing.
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Eva is one of the most active celebs in terms of philanthropy. The actress/producer created the Eva Longoria Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering Latinas through education and entrepreneurship. She established the Eva Longoria Fund in LA to help kids suffering from health-related problems and to shed light on and address issues faced by the Latino community. Eva also founded Eva's Heroes in San Antonio, Texas, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of teens and young adults with intellectual special needs.
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The actor, whose new NBC sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, debuts on September 26th, has been suffering from Parkinson's for 20 years. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which launched in 2000, has already funded over $325 million in research and supported over 60 clinical trials in an effort to find a breakthrough in treating the disease.
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In 2009, Jennifer and her sister Lynda created the Lopez Family Foundation. Their mission is to increase the availability of healthcare to people who can't afford it. Jennifer and her sister knew they wanted to create a charitable foundation together but were motivated to make it happen after Jennifer had a scare with her daughter Emme. When Emme was 3 weeks old, she found a mysterious lump on her head. An MRI proved everything was fine, but Jennifer realized, what if she didn't have access to quality medical care or the means to afford it? And the foundation was born.
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Gaga and her mom Cynthia founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2011. Their goal is to empower youth, inspire bravery, and "foster a more accepting society where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated."
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From 2008 to 2012, Justin hosted a celebrity golf tournament in Las Vegas called the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The charity and Justin have parted ways on the tournament going forward, but this past year, Justin donated the $3 million fee he earned for his Pre-Superbowl performance to the children's hospital.
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Sharon is the Global Fundraising Chairman for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. She has supported the organization since 1995 and emcees and acts as auctioneer for high-profile benefits each year, where she successfully goads fellow celebs to up their bids.
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Images via Pacific Coast News, Josh Duhamel photo courtesy of Valspar Hearts and Hands for Habitat Campaign.