×
Robin Williams quietly raised $50,000 for a food bank before his death

Robin Williams quietly raised $50,000 for a food bank before his death

Robin Williams is the type of person who really understands there are a lot of people who are really, really struggling," said Executive Director Fran Yeatts about the late star's contribution. 

With Robin Williams' death, the world lost a gem of a man. He was not only a remarkable actor but an even sincere philanthropist. Unlike most celebrities, the late comedian's altruistic activities were never for fame. And it was only after his tragic demise that several of his compassionate deeds came to light.

Shortly after Williams' death in August 2014, news surfaced that the Mrs. Doubtfire actor secretly raised almost $50,000 for a food bank in Seattle between 2004 and 2008. What's more, he did so without ever seeking any recognition for his generosity. 

Just days after the actor's suicide, Mike Cervino, a volunteer at the West Seattle Food Bank, told USA Today, "It's threefold, actually. One because he was a great comedian. Two, because he donated here, and three because people really rely on that here."  



 

The food bank went on to reveal that Williams had donated all proceeds from a stand-up comedy show at the Showbox nightclub in Seattle to the organization. "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," said Executive Director Fran Yeatts about the late star's contribution. 

Williams went on to give away the proceeds from shows that he performed in 2007 and 2008, raising nearly $50,000 for the organization. The donation came at a perfect time as the economy was collapsing, and the organization needed all the help it could get. Not only did he save lives with his donations but also inspired countless others, including food bank volunteer Bill Bacon.



 

 

Bacon, who has bipolar disorder, understands the darkness that consumes a person when depression takeover. And despite how the actor's life ended, Bacon chooses to remember him for the beautiful life that he led. "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," he shared.

Another volunteer at the food bank, Aaron Ellis, met Willaims when the Jumanji actor came to town in 2004. "He was this real guy, this regular Joe that had the same issues," said Ellis who suffered from depression and addiction. "He said it was an honor 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," he noted. 

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Peter Kramer

Recommended for you