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Matt Damon: The Importance Of Giving...

Matt Damon: The Importance Of Giving...

Matt Damon pens an original article on the importance of giving in the latest issue of Parade.

The 39-year-old actor has visited places such as Africa, India, and Haiti to try to learn what conditions are like. He writes, “You can read about extreme poverty and possible solutions, but it’s really powerful when you get to meet the people and shake their hands and listen to their stories. I try to keep my trips short because my kids are so young that my wife, Lucy, can’t come. We don’t like to be separated, but we both feel it’s so important to learn about these things. There’s so much I don’t know. In the future, I know these trips are something we’ll do as a family.”

You can read Matt‘s full piece at Parade.com. Bigger pic inside…

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  • dani

    Yeah Matt! It is so nice like George, Brad, Angie, Nicole, and so many others that he is using his fame to highlight some of the injustices in the world. You Go Matt!

  • http://Ilovejenniferandbenbothgreatpeopleiwishthemthebest random

    I love matt damon he’s such a great person just like many other celebrity’s

  • PART OF THE PR NOT solution

    He really doesn’t talk about the charity at all but to do what Angie does
    come in shake hands and talk to the people .. Does he do anything
    it seems that his family is more important.. Please MATT WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO SOLVE THE SOLUTIONS??>> GIVE US A CLUE

    BTW IS HE RELATED TO TAYLOR LAUTNER THEY COULD BE
    BROTHERS

  • mob

    I love Matt!

  • natalie

    @PART OF THE PR NOT solution, Matt started his own charity that brings clean drinking water to people around the world and is also on the board of other charities. Of course he uses his fame to bring attention to those issues, but is that a bad thing? What have you done?

  • fo reaL

    TRIPS YOU WILL DO AS A FAMILY???
    WTF….YOU AND YOUR WIFE AND KIDS WILL STARE AT POOR KIDS THAT HAVE NOTHING WHILE YOUR KIDS AND WIFE ARE ALL STUFFING THEIR FACES!! THAT MAKES NO SENSE.
    SUUUREE HE CANT STAY LONG BECAUSE HIS KIDS ARE TOO YOUNG…HOW ABOUT HE DOESNT WANT TO STAY LONG BECAUSE HE CANT HANDLE MORE THAN A FEW HOURS WITHOUT BEING FED AND PAMPERD! IM SURE THE WIFE HAS A NANNY AND IS JUST FINE WHEN HE IS AWAY.

  • fo reaL

    ALSO, WHEN THESE CELEBRITIES GO TO POOR COUNTRIES AND VISIT FAMILIES…DO THEY HAND THE FAMILIES OVER MONEY?? I MEAN COME ON…OR DO THEY JUST GET PHOTOGRAPHED LOOKING LIKE THEY ARE HELPING… ITS ALLL A CROCK!

  • Love Matt

    I’ll go with you, Matt! LOL ;) Great job, love all you do!

  • shamrock7

    @fo reaL:

    I’m sure Matt is actively involved in the subject matter, gathering important info for others to improve the situation in the country. As well, I’m fairly confident that Matt donates his own earned $ to these causes. He does not need to broadcast how much he is contributing. It’s the act itself, that should be commended and others should follow his path and the world would be a BETTER place to live for all.

    It’s NOT a crock and maybe you should be more optimistic!

    Believe in BETTER and the world will become a peaceful home~

    Thank You Matt and Happy Birthday!!

  • @fo reaL:

    Different actors go for different reasons. Paris Hilton, Lohan, and Simpson went for publicity.
    Angie is deeply committed. She has been an ambassadoar with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees for eight years. She is highly thought of in the UN ranks. She is one of the few UN ambassadors (the UNHCR has 7 or 8 at a time from the arts mainly and from all over th world) who actually goes over and views what they are raising money and awareness for. She is so highly thought of that she now trusted to give reports to the UN about the conditions of the people and the camps.
    On a personal level, Jolie and Pitt have set up vehicles (I think schools or something like that) in each country they have adopted from in their child’s name.
    Kidman on the other hand like Selena Gomez’s new role–so far they have met once or twice with their causes and they are used primarily to promote awareness.
    Madonna and Oprah have both focused their efforts on one area – Madonna a village and Oprah a school.
    Damon focuses on water.
    Clooney on the conditions in countries like Dafur.

    You can generalize all you want, but many of these stars are deeply committed to their causes. And it begs the question–you are so critical, but what do you do to make the world a better place?

    And to answer your question–no they don’t hand over money to families. That is a BIG NO NO in doing charity work. They hand their money over to schools, organizations that help families, and causes.

  • coco

    Matt is so full of shi*t. He will tell us about how he is visiting the poor kiddies in 3rd world countries to “help” but he is really just wanting to get out of the house and away from his pretend beard wife so he can have hot sweaty sex with his boyfriend. Then he will make gay jokes to insult the gays in the U.S. (his own country) to hide the fact that he himself is gay. You are not fooling us Matt and your gay jokes are offensive even to straight people. He also talked much shi*t about Sarah Palin and obviously has issues with women – that’s why he picked an immigrant uneducated homely woman to be his beard so he can control every aspect of her life. He is a total phony. Also his movie sucked and his Entourage performance was overdone and not at all funny. It is sad because Matt does have acting and writing talent and could help charities but being a hypocrite does not help him at all.

  • haters have drifted

    Ok, now haters are all over blogs about Matt.

    First, I get it’s just a blog, but before you starting typing in all caps (yelling at people), you really ought to know what the hell you are talking about. BECAUSE YOU DON’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why don’t you (Part, and for Real) read about the things Matt has done, instead of spending your time on hear bashing him.

  • http://www.yogalovematch.com/ becky

    give me some money Matt – I’m outa work!

  • never mind just stay home

    Yeah Matt put your money where your mouth is … the water certainly
    did not last to long you had to buy it here at Starbucks.. and Now
    he is did that same thing that Angie did goes over there and gets
    photographed but after Angie does it she goes to an expensive
    restuarant and takes the kids for ice cream… So Ang why not take
    those kids that live in squaller out instead of just asking for money
    and have Brad built homes so they don’t have to live in those tents..
    Again no one does anything but show up in expensive cars and
    smiles ..Give money where is due Matt just don’t bother next year
    it will be the same thing show us what the money your raised at
    the onexone event went to..eh Matt first class hotel and plane ticket

  • jason

    Stupid retard wtf! when have you ever done something for others all this shit you are doing is about your own benefit for publicity . take some acting lesson and send your ugly wife back to her tribe….

  • carlos from Miami Beach

    I just hate the way this guy smiles he is so freeking fake get your ass back to Boston with the rest of all the other looser.and send your f… wife back to the bar where she was working before.

  • rhonda

    We don’t have to worry about giving anymore, Obama is going TAKE!

  • rhonda

    unless your an ACORN!

  • fcuk him

    Matt is a total poser and looks like s-h-i-t on the cover. He sucks.

  • lexy

    Are some of you suggesting that celebs give ALL their money to charity?
    So what if Matt buys a Starbucks drink or Angie goes out to eat at a nice restuarant?? These are individual people who don’t have to do anything (like JJ fave Rachel Bilson) but do!
    The fact of the matter is Angie, Matt and some of the others are still human beings. Like us they have families and lives and careers that need tending too. They can afford to give and they do as opposed to standing around planning fake photo shoots and shopping all day.
    Also as rich as they are celebs aren’t the only ones with money.
    What about those AIG guys who robbed the company and got fat bonuses – what are they doing for charity?

  • ellie’

    Matt a true and sincere about all the poor people in the 3rd world .. I know you visit .. Don’t really see you posing ever and that makes you real., I also believe we people give also the rich and the poor everywhere in this world… If people don’t know whats happening around the world there ignorant and only care for themselves..
    I do believe all you rich help, but I must say I hope you all help the poor in our own country..Show whats going on here..

  • http://dlisted.com lakers fan in boston

    good thing he’s doing
    glad he’s trying 2 help out 1st hand instead of just giving money and doing nothing

  • me

    Oh yeah, shake a few hands than go home to your million dollar mansion. Yeah photo op matty.

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